Transformers Universe has added another sad (and probably final) chapter to its troubled history.

Transformers Universe will close on January 31, Jagex and Hasbro has announced.

No explanation was given for the decision, although the corporate speak – “this decision comes at an important time for both companies as they both realign their plans and focuses for 2015″ – certainly suggests it’s not quite living up to expectations.

The shut down has already kicked off, and players will be refunded the cost of their Founder’s Packs, relic bundles and starter packs. Jagex expects to have refunded all of these within 30 days. No new accounts can be registered, and the forums will be shut down when the game closes. Transformers Universe accounts will remain open through the end of March to allow users to lodge any queries, then be shuttered.

The development team at Jagex said it is “hugely disappointed” by the closure, and thanked players for their support over the past few years and especially during beta testing.

“Once again we want to thank all of the players that have played Transformers Universe and all those that have worked on the project. We’re sure you have thoughts and feelings that you’d like to share on this, so please do so on our forums,” the team said.

“Please bear in mind that this is obviously a challenging time for all involved, especially the CM team. There will be plenty of things we can’t comment on, so please respect their position.”

For more information visit the Transformers Universe blog.

Transformers Universe started off life as a full-blown MMO before being rejigged as a free-to-play “MOTA”. Developer Jagex is also responsible for Runescape.

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