Hi Everyone – first and foremost the development team at CA would like to thank you for all the time and incredible feedback you’ve given us during the Closed Beta for Total War: ARENA.
The dedication and enthusiasm for the game is fantastic and we owe its continuing success and evolution to you and all the players who have taken the time to try the game out; whether they just played a few games or have been super active on the forums posting comments on all the features and tweaks as they’ve happened.
We’ve now got to the point where we have an incredible amount of feedback, suggestions and plans for more features and content for us to include in the game and bring us closer to being Launch Ready.
In order to make this next leap we need all hands on deck here to make some fundamental changes to the back end infrastructure of the game, and that means bringing this phase of the test offline so we can get to work on it.
In two weeks’ time (on the 3rd of March) we will be turning the servers off so we can get to work. Unfortunately this does mean you’ll no longer be able to play from that date until we switch back on. When we do, ARENA will be bigger and better.
We don’t currently have an exact date as to when we will be switching back on, but we do expect it to be in more than 2 months’ time. We aren’t going anywhere though, so stay tuned to the forums and our social media and, not only will we be keeping you up to date with all the news going on behind the scenes as we make progress, but you will also be the first to know when we are going live again.
We appreciate your patience with the beta test and we know it is really frustrating news if you want to continue playing. But we will be back with a better game based on your feedback, and we will very richly reward any of our ARENA players who come and join us in the next testing stage in the future.
All players who’ve spent money to purchase Gold in the game will automatically receive a refund into their Steam Wallet of whatever they’ve spent (this may take a few days to process). You’ll keep your progress though and any gold you have bought. As of now we are also removing the ability to purchase Gold with real money, just to avoid anyone buying any by mistake just before the servers go offline.
Your account and progress will not disappear when we go offline, and we are going to make it really worth your while if you come back and join us when we are live again. More details on those rewards will be coming soon.
Thank you again for your support and help, we are pretty excited by what we have planned for the next stage and hope you will join us for it. We are going to be revealing the new features we are working on soon and there’s an FAQ here and the community team available to answer any questions you might have.
See you on the battlefield,