Sony has decided to retire the official Killzone website, leading some gamers to fear that the franchise will never make its comeback on the new PS5 console.
The changes were noticed by gamers this weekend and included the Killzone site being wiped. A new message has taken its place, confirming that it can no longer be accessed like in the past.
This message confirms that support for the Killzone site has ended and soon will only redirect gamers to the official PlayStation one.
It’s a blow for any shooter fans who hoped to see the franchise make a flashy comeback on the PS5.
With the added power of a next-gen console, a new Killzone could provide the next major upgrade.
This has already been seen in the Spider-Man and God of War franchises, with both games becoming massive hits.
A massive reimagining on the scale of God of War was never something Sony said they were pursuing, but it certainly would have had the attention of a hardcore group of fans.
The official Killzone Reddit page covered the news, with gamers sharing their own views on what it means.
One gamer wrote: “A series officially coming to an end. I’m glad we still have the fandom wiki, always thought the story was one of the more compelling sci-fi stories out there with real political confrontations between space colonies.
Another added: “Yeah there is much lore. It could easily become a good TV series or maybe expand on it with some good single-player writing that we didn’t get much of.
“I remember when KZ2 came out the website had this feature that would let you watch previous matches but from a top-down perspective and it would show you the bullet trajectory and where everyone else was at during the match.
“This means no remasters of KZ2 or KZ Liberation. Not a good day. Killzone is the game that got me into First Person Shooters.”
The official message on the site doesn’t say anything official about the Killzone franchise being shelved, telling fans in a statement:
“The official website for the KILLZONE franchise has retired. Going forward, visitors to Killzone.com will be directed to PlayStation.com.
“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. We apologize for this inconvenience.
“Thank you to Killzone.com’s many fans and visitors throughout the years for their enthusiasm and support.”
And as listed above, while you can no longer use the site, you can still access Killzone multiplayer on a number of games.
Shadow Fall was the last Killzone game to be released and that was back in 2013, with the original franchise developers moving onto bigger projects.
Guerrilla Games now helms the Horizon Zero Dawn franchise, with the next instalment – Horizon: Forbidden West – launching on PS5 later this year.
Reboots have become popular with gamers, but this latest news doesn’t seem like a good update for Killzone gamers.
One thing to note is that Sony currently lacks a big exclusive first-person shooter for the PS5, meaning there’s always a chance for the IP to be resurrected in the future to fill that role.