this follows a similar pattern to another game I used to play that started it's downward spiral the same way . . . 6-9 months later they awarded everyone 50 million gems and started a count-down to closure . . . be a shame if that's where this ended . . .
and yes, Sandy, the other game was at least, if not more, addictive than this one so . . . . i just hope they don't
The simple answer to the question is, “Yes.” It is not a matter of “if,” but “when.”
All games have life cycles. Township has been fortunate to have had a very long and successful life. But like everything, it cannot live forever.
All of the above-mentioned happenings concerning the game are red flags. All games sunset and my personal feeling is that Township is indeed well into the beginning phase of its sunset. How long it will take until the game becomes stagnant and operates for some time without updates before being shut off servers? Who knows. The “events” that involve mining, crops and transport can repeat infinitely, as they reward only t-cash and other regular game materials.
Other red flags are the recycling of most events including the regatta, the lack of new decor, the attempt to “sell” regular game play activity as “new” events (mining, crops, transport)... They even have ceased offering decos as in-game purchases, and that was a sure way to bring in revenue. The game is on autoplay, coasting, descending hopefully slow enough so the masses won’t notice, but all the signs are there — despite what Playrix says in their communication. It’s not good business for them to say, “Yes, Township is sunsetting. We have some new games in our portfolio we are very excited about and we have begun shifting resources within the company. As a result, the game won’t see as much attention and that means it will operate on its own.”
Of course, perhaps they will be forthcoming and announce this; one game I used to play had an employee who started his own Q&A site where players could ask any question they wished. Looking back, this was indeed a very special occurrence. The answers we received were very honest and forthcoming, and actually a similar question about the game’s lifecycle was asked and we did receive an answer similar to what I mentioned above. We were told the game would be slowing down and that it would go on auto play and that it could survive and operate just fine as such until the decision was to be made to shut it off. At that point, however, the game had been around for years (about 5 or 6 if memory serves correctly) and it wasn’t making as much money... so it wasn’t as huge of a deal breaker. It took maybe two or a bit more years? from the time we received that answer from the Q&A until the game was taken offline.
Back to Township, sure there are updates, and new content in the form of factories and such, but those things, once released, just become part of the coasting process. They involve no work from the developers, unlike creating new events and/or decor.
Yes, Township will end someday. “When” is what everyone should be thinking at this time. Keep your eyes open, and your mind, and look around in the game for signals and signs. You don’t get spin by looking at these things, as they come from the top down... words can’t cover up for actions.
I concur and can only hope Playrix gives us fair warning as they have in the past (e.g.: dropping iOS 8.x support and closing the official forum).
OTOH, their artists continue to output quality work. I am focused on their artistic attention to details as the "canary in the coal mine." But in the end, all things must come to pass. I just hope TS hangs in there until a vaccine has done its job for this world and we get the "all clear" declaration.
Thanks for the link. Good entertainment value from the past.
But really, developers do sometimes stop supporting games, as Paradise Island players learned to their grief and dismay in Spring 2019. This apparently happens quite often in the world of more serious gamers, but it came as a shock to us. A lot of people had sunk a lot of money into that game.
I also had a number of games stop working after one of the major iOS upgrades. Some developers just decided they weren't making enough money to be worth reprogramming the game for that update.
But, honestly, I think TS is making way too much money for Playrix for them to shut it down.
But there's no way I'm painting the bathroom again, even if they did.
Township for iPad has dropped to 196th place on the App Store's Top Free iPad Apps. The good news is TS is in 11th place on the overall Top Grossing Chart.
Can you guys see what it is on the other devices and stores? Let's compare. Thanks!
Homescapes is #2 top grossing in android and Gardenscape is #4. Checked on 30 Sept 2020 Android (tablet) And I have been scrolling but can't find township.
Actually I really agreed that Township will end soon. But as to when servers will be shut it will be hard to say. Afterall, every 2 years you have a new version of OS/Android. After 6 to 7 years, the hardware, the game design will not be able to keep up with times.