Crimesight, Konami’s multiplayer social deduction game is shutting down this May, barely a year after it launched.
In fact, the announcement came just nine months after Crimesight launched, back in April of 2022. The game takes place inside a crime simulation and challenges players to aid either a detective or a criminal mastermind, both AIs.
Konami seemed to have high hopes for the game, having already put it through its paces in a closed beta test. And, while we haven’t dived into this PvP detective game, it’s generally been well received. Enraged players are currently review-bombing the game on Steam, but previous to that Crimesight was ranked as “very positive”.
So what went wrong? Konami haven’t provided an explanation, instead issuing a fairly generic statement (via Steam) that reads as follows.
“Thank you for playing CRIMESIGHT. This service has continued to operate with the support of many users since its launch in April 2022, but due to various circumstances, we have decided to terminate the service on Monday, May 01, 2023 at 00:00 PDT.”
It may well be down to player numbers. The game was PC only and, according to SteamDB, the most players its ever had has been 572. Konami would have to pay for the game’s servers, they presumably have decided it isn’t profitable enough.
So, as of May 1st, the game will be dead. The game is still available via Steam, around £7 for the regular edition. That may not be a huge amount of money but there’s no news as to whether Konami will be offering refunds.
We’ll let you know if we hear more but for now, it’s cased closed on Crimesight.