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Nexus Free-to-play Update Sparks Players’ Rage

by on March 2, 2024
 

A lot has changed for Zenith: The Last City recently. The game’s developers, RamenVR, have had to make some hard decisions to keep it profitable during years of chronic operating losses. The release of Zenith: Nexus and the free game mode Zenith: Infinite Realms were supposed to change things. Here’s what happened instead.

In terms of VR gaming, there are not many MMOs that make use of HMDs like Zenith: The Last City. However, RamenVR’s plans to corner the market on a niche like VR have not proven as profitable as they’d hoped. Since peaking on Steam nearly 2 years ago with just under 5 thousand players, the now-renamed title hasn’t exactly been heating up the charts.

Even though Zenith: The Last City uses many platforms, including PSVR and the Meta Quest store, fans are unhappy with the change to Zenith: Nexus. Since this change, Zenith: Nexus now has a very negative review rating.

There are negative reviews stating RamenVR’s shift to Infinite Realms, the free-to-play game mode, means the Last City will be abandoned. There are also negative reviews about RamenVR’s lack of appreciation for its fans.

“Ultimately, we had to make a choice between making fundamental changes or putting the game on ice. We made these decisions so that we could keep running Zenith for as long as possible.” CEO Andy Tsen stated in their blog post outlining why the team has gone this route.

RamenVR is in the midst of a situation that has no short-term winners. Those who kickstarted the game from the beginning, and stayed with the studio from the very beginning, feel like they are been abandoned. However, developers must keep the game and the studio going.

The Nexus expansion was released on the Meta Quest store and Steam on February 27th. It’s too early to tell what the future holds, but we hope the developers can work with their community.

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