Newsflash: The world is ending...
At least if your personal world is Sony Online Entertainment's The Matrix Online. The movie-based MMO has been running for almost four years, but its last day in existence will be on July 31st, 2009.
Matrix Online community lead Daniel Meyer posted the announcement on the game's official site:
"We've seen how far the rabbit hole goes and it’s time to wake up from that dream (or go back to sleep, depending how you look at it). On July 31, 2009, we will be jacking out for the last time. It’s a bittersweet moment for everyone involved with the game; as a player or as a developer.
It has been a good run. Where many games have fizzled out before or shortly after launch, by August we will have lived on in our home at SOE for more than 4 years. To this day, I have never worked with a community as dedicated as The Matrix Online community."
While the MMO received mainly guardedly positive reviews, it never really caught on beyond its loyal fanbase. This is a shame because any MMO that isn't based on elves and magical spells is a welcome addiction to the video game world, but on the other hand, the death of The Matrix Online is totally understandable, because, let's face it, except for the first one, the Matrix movies really, really suck. In any case, sign up now so you can witness the end of the world. According to Meyer, the development team has four years of tricks up its sleeve and one last chance to pull them out, so expect fireworks.