Loadout screenshot of a rather silly and cartoony flamethrower effect

While I haven't played the ridiculously over-the-top third-person shooter Loadout in quite a few years now, I'm still saddened to announce that it will be closing down its doors on May 24th. As it turns out, the constantly declining playerbase, rising costs and the upcoming GDPR legislation have all combined to create a situation where the developer Edge of Reality simply could not keep the game running any longer.

"We don't have the resources to update Loadout to GDPR compliance, and a big portion of Loadout players come from the EU. Sadly, while big companies have the resources to comply with the GDPR, that's not always the case for small businesses", reads the brief announcement. "We still protect your privacy, and we wouldn't dream of doing otherwise. We just don't have the resources to overhaul Loadout and implement new features to meet a large list of new requirements."

"Loadout depends on an old product from our main cloud provider, and that product is also ending service. Porting Loadout to use their new product is a major undertaking, and we don't have the resources to do that. Other cloud products recently getting discontinued are resulting in much higher server costs, while Loadout's revenues stay flat. This just put Loadout deep into the red, losing an alarming amount of money per month."

According to the developers there is a small chance Loadout could return one day, but for the time being I'm afraid it's destined to be shut down. So if you ever wanted to give it a try, or just relive some of your fondest moments with it, now would be the time to do so as there is still a fairly decent amount of players in-game.

You can read the full announcement, as well as learn more about Loadout itself, by heading over to Steam.