PlayStation has ‘retired’ the official Killzone website

By Dom Peppiatt
10 January 2021 12:33 GMT

Sony has “retired” its official Killzone franchise website, and anyone clicking through to the site now gets forwarded to the generic PlayStation site instead.

If anyone heads over to Guerrilla Games’ official Killzone website, they’re only going to be met with a message from Sony and a redirect to PlayStation.com.

“The official website for the Killzone franchise has retired,” Guerrilla says in a statement on the newly-emptied site. “We apologise for this inconvenience. […] Thank you to Killzone.com’s many fans and visitors throughout the years for their enthusiasm and support.”

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Seven years after the last game in the series hit the shelves, it looks like Sony is ready to move on from the series for the time being.

Developer Guerrilla Games currently has its hands full, after all. Between the runaway success of Horizon Zero Dawn and the upcoming Horizon Forbidden West, the studio is arguably justified in moving away from the franchise for now.

It’s worth noting that the removal of the site will have a few impacts on the online elements of the two latest games in the series, though multiplayer itself will not be affected.

“While this change doesn’t affect the online multiplayer modes, player statistics or ranking data for Killzone Mercenary and Killzone Shadow Fall, it is now no longer possible to create or manage clans in Killzone Shadow Fall,” says the message on the site.

Once upon a time, Killzone was a flagship brand for PlayStation and enjoyed releases across PS2, PS3, PS4, and the handheld PlayStation consoles.

Sony hasn’t made any official statements about the future of the brand, but at the time of writing, no future Killzone projects have been formally announced.

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