Believe it or not but there’s a new game out today called Babylon’s Fall. The game is developed by PlatinumGames and published by Square Enix. Babylon’s Fall marks a new direction for developer PlatinumGames. It is the studio’s first take on a live-service product. Sadly, this game isn’t going to make them much money as it seems everything is against it, including itself.
Babylon’s Fall isn’t doing too great. The game, which originally launched three days ago to users who wasted money on the overpriced Deluxe Edition (that costs close to R2000), is sitting with a peak of only 600 players on Steam. According to SteamDB, the peak player count for Babylon’s Fall hit just shy of 650 during its launch.
That number has already started to drop with only 500 players in the game at the time of writing. At one stage, Babylon’s Fall had only 80 players in the game. This is not good at all.
It also doesn’t help that Babylon’s Fall just isn’t any good. In fact, it could be one of the worst games released in a very long time. I would compare it to Cyberpunk 2077 but Babylon’s Fall isn’t a buggy mess. It is just a horrible game. Square Enix built the experience with the intention to make a lot of money and its live-service element reeks of monetization.
So while the general gameplay is mediocre at best, the full-priced R1400, $59,99 game also has a battle pass system that demands a lot of time to complete and more money to either purchase ranks on or renewed when it ends. Keep in mind that Babylon’s Fall is already a very pricey game releasing in the middle of the likes of Horizon Forbidden West and Elden Ring.
I only played the demo for a couple of hours and the combat is generally fun but everything else in Babylon’s Fall is horrendous. Giant Bomb’s Jeff Gertsmann tore the game apart saying it all feels low rent and this is clearly a money-making tactic from Square Enix.
“I’m having trouble thinking of a full-price video game that has made a worse first impression on me than Babylon’s Fall.
“This game has a full-court press of battle passes, premium currencies and all this other stuff at launch that feels… presumptuous, in terms of the quality of the game and likelihood that people are going to want to engage with that. It feels very fucking crazy to me. There are just aspects of this game all over it that just feel pretty low rent.
You would think Square Enix would have learnt their lesson with Marvel’s Avengers on making live-service games. However, it looks like Babylon’s Fall just exists to try and take money away from people. Square Enix also issued no review codes for this game which is also a bad sign of things to come. Just avoid this if you can.
If you don’t believe us, you can try out the demo which is live now on PS4 and PS5.