Fall Guys goes free-to-play, servers crash immediately

A giant A Fall Guy looks at a penguin toy in the key art for Fall Guys.

picture: mediatonic

Oops, they did it again. fall guysMediatonic’s lively platformer royale was released yesterday as part of on Xbox and Switch a major free-to-play overhaul. The game’s servers immediately burned, and reports of connection issues persisted more than 24 hours later.

First released in August 2020 for PlayStation and PC, fall guys was one of the breakout games of the lockdown-era pandemic. You have to remember life Yes, really sucked back then (okay, it still sucks in Covid terms). for a moment fall guys brightened up some dark times, its messy vibes and bite-sized minigames for 60 players – not to mention a round as the monthly “free” game of PS Plusand a Twitch-based marketing campaign– which helps propel it to massive popularity.

In March 2021, Epic Games has acquired Mediatonic downright. Part of that deal meant moving fall guys from the Steam storefront and to Epic’s proprietary game launcher. (fall guys is no longer for sale on Steam.) But another part meant moving the game to a free-to-play model and taking a similar approach rocket leaguewhose developer was Psyonix Picked up by Epic in 2019.

This free-to-play rollout took place yesterday as part of fall guys‘s sixth season, aptly titled “Free For All.” Players immediately reported problems while playing. Like the social media feeds of the game they tried (and failed) to play, many of these reports took the form from memes.

At 10:02 am ET, the officer fall guys Twitter account accepted the suffering, followed by a second confirmation 50 minutes later. It then went back to normal business, firing out tweets about cakes, in-game cosmetics, and the disturbing fact fall guysThe eponymous fall boys are 1.80 m tall. The game’s official feed hasn’t said whether or not Mediatonic thinks the issue is resolved.

Certainly not players. On social media, some say they have to wait a long time to get into a match or have to constantly reset to play. Others say they can’t get into games at all. Mediatonic has not provided a timeline for a fix. It is, as with many online game launches, a mess. The only difference between this and, shall we say, pioneer is this fall guys been out for almost two years.

When reached for comment, representatives of Mediatonic will be forwarded kotaku too epic. Epic representatives did not respond in time for publication. (Update, 3:15 p.m. ET: A fall guys Spokesman provided the following statement: “Free For All’s launch yesterday set several records fall guys, including the highest number of concurrent and one-day players ever. This has been putting a heavy load on our servers and affecting some of our matchmaking systems periodically throughout the day, and we apologize for that [everyone] who had to wait to jump into the game. Fortunately, several fixes have already been successfully implementedto stabilize performance, and we’re excited to see so many people jumping into the game with friends across platforms.”)

This isn’t the only time fall guys was hampered by severe server failures. In 2020 Mediatonic built up a lot of pre-release buzz by giving early access to Twitch streamers and their massive fanbases. When the game started reported 120,000 players tries to play immediately. The servers stuttered. What does that say about time and flat circles?