Sony shut down the servers to The Tomorrow Children back in 2017, but in a historic move the developers regained their IP and are now looking to bring the game back in the new generation of consoles. Dylan Cuthbert, the founder of Q-Games, spoke to Gamesindustry.biz rather frankly about how upsetting the decision to shut the game down was and the reason it was eventually discontinued.
“There are many times where a team makes a game and then doesn’t want to play it again, but with The Tomorrow Children, we were actually playing it ourselves at home, and our wives and children were all playing it as well, and the decision for it to be shut down…. it was very quick.”
“It was a free-to-play game, so it needed time to grow, and for us to work out how to monetise it properly. But that’s the main reason it ended up being shut down, because we didn’t really manage to monetise it. We weren’t experienced in free-to-play, so that probable didn’t help, but neither were Sony. We were still finding our way to earn from the players. Not in a manipulative way, we wanted to find a nice way to earn just enough to keep the game going.”
It appears that Q-Games has came to a decision regarding that last part as in an effort to keep costs low, Q-Games will be switching to a pay to play model rather than the previously used free to play model. Launch is currently slated for the end of 2022, with more news to come throughout the year.