Revealed last March as Mirage: Arcane Warfare, Torn Banner Studios surprised fans of the original multiplayer hit Chivalry: Medieval Warfare with a sequel that swapped out swords for spells.
One year later, the game hit Steam and failed to make a same splash as its predecessor. Getting off on the wrong foot, Torn Banner Studios decided to 'relaunch' the title after just one week.
That was in June. Fast-forward to the current month of September, and it sounds as if the plan failed to fix the rocky launch. What seemed to boil down to a few server issues back then, it sounds as if the damage was already done. Barely scraping 100 concurrent players at launch, that doesn't make for a healthy online game - and they're pretty demoralising numbers to face after three years of development.
Now, until 18:00 BST today (September 7), you can grab a copy of Mirage: Arcane Warfare completely free of charge. Likely somewhat of a kick in the teeth for early adopters who bought into a dead game from the start, let's just hope they're happy to see the playerbase rise exponentially. Whether they'll stick around after that is anyone's guess; but it's clearly the dream for Torn Banner Studios.
If you miss out on your chance to add the game to your library free of charge, you're not down on your luck too much, as it's receiving a permanent price drop to $9.99 soon after. Assuming those free players stick around, now could be the right time to see how Chivalry translates to a gory, magical setting.