Oops, they did it once more. Fall Guys, Mediatonic’s bubbly platformer royale, launched on Xbox and Swap yesterday as a part of an enormous free-to-play overhaul. The sport’s servers instantly combusted, with stories of connectivity woes persevering with greater than 24 hours later.
First launched for PlayStation and PC in August 2020, Fall Guys was one of many breakout video games of the lockdown-era pandemic. You must bear in mind, life actually sucked again then (okay, in covid phrases, it nonetheless sucks). For a second, Fall Guys brightened up some darkish occasions, its chaotic vibes and bite-sized 60-player minigames—to not point out a flip as the month-to-month “free” recreation from PS Plus, and a Twitch-based advertising marketing campaign—serving to propel it to huge recognition.
In March 2021, Epic Video games acquired Mediatonic outright. A part of that deal meant transferring Fall Guys off the Steam storefront and onto Epic’s proprietary recreation launcher. (Fall Guys is not on the market on Steam.) However one other half meant pivoting the sport to a free-to-play mannequin, adopting an strategy just like Rocket League, whose developer, Psyonix, was scooped up by Epic in 2019.
That free-to-play rollout occurred yesterday, as a part of Fall Guys’s sixth season, aptly titled “Free For All.” Gamers instantly reported hassle really enjoying. Just like the social media feeds of the sport they tried (and failed) to play, a lot of these stories took the form of memes.
At 10:02 a.m. ET, the official Fall Guys Twitter account acknowledged the woes, adopted by a second acknowledgement 50 minutes later. It then switched again to enterprise as regular, firing off tweets about cake, in-game cosmetics, and the unsettling proven fact that Fall Guys’ titular fall guys are six toes tall. The sport’s official feed has not mentioned whether or not or not Mediatonic considers the problem resolved.
Gamers certain don’t. On social media, some say they’ve to take a seat via lengthy waits to get right into a match, or need to constantly reset to play. Others say they’ll’t get into video games in any respect. Mediatonic has not supplied a timeline for a repair. It’s, as with many on-line recreation launches, a multitude. The one distinction between this and, say, Outriders is that Fall Guys has already been out for nearly two years.
When reached for remark, representatives for Mediatonic forwarded Kotaku to Epic. Representatives for Epic didn’t reply in time for publication.
This isn’t the one time Fall Guys has been hobbled by critical server failures. In 2020, Mediatonic constructed up a ton of pre-release buzz by granting early entry to Twitch streamers and their huge fan bases. When the sport launched, a reported 120,000 players tried to play without delay. The servers sputtered. What’s that saying about time and flat circles?