Microsoft Studios has announced on their Facebook page that they will be shutting down the Secrets and Treasures game servers in Mid-January.
The game was only published in September 2014 in the Windows Phone Store, though going by the number of reviews (only 155 in the US) in the store it has not been very popular.
More recently after the most recent update, which added 75 new levels, the game has been constantly crashing, resulting in many one star reviews.
The team writes:
Adventurers, we hope you’re enjoying the game so far! We have some news that we need to share with you: the game servers will be shutting down in mid-January. After this date the game will no longer be available to download, however if you’ve already downloaded it you’ll be able to keep playing it after this date.
Q. Will there be new levels?
A. There won’t be any more levels released, but you can play the current 200 levels over again to collect more keys and gold.
Q. Will I still be able to log in with Xbox Live? Can I still earn Achievements?
A. Yes, Xbox Live login will still work, and you can definitely still earn Achievements. Go get ‘em!
Q. Will I be able to log in with Facebook, or see my friends on the leaderboard?
A. Facebook login will be disabled, and you will no longer be able to view the leaderboard.
Q. What about my gems – can I still spend them?
A. Your gems are still valid, and you will still be able to spend them on boosts.
Q. Can I still buy or earn gems?
A. You won’t be able to buy gems for real money, but you’ll still be able to earn them in Daily Challenge mode.
Q. What if I accidentally delete the game, can I download it again?
A. The game will no longer be available for download, so if you delete it, it’s gone forever.
Q. What really happened to Professor Flintlock?
A. He never made it to the Lost Cities – on the way there he was eaten by a grue. It’s very sad, but Marissa does eventually find the Lost Cities, falls in love with Sam and they live happily ever after. Jaques retires from adventuring and opens a small French bistro in London, where Professor Blackstone – now the Director of the British Museum, due to his discoveries in the Lost Cities – dines regularly. The Adventurer’s Guild is shut down after the government discovers irregularities in their finances. After some time in prison, Victor Callous emerges a changed man and devotes the rest of his life to charitable works. In short: they all live happily ever after.
Q. I have another question that isn’t answered here.
A. Please get in touch with us in game, on Twitter, or on Facebook – we love hearing from you and we’re happy to answer any questions you have.
Thanks again for playing, we really appreciate your support and we hope you enjoyed your journey to the Lost Cities!
While Microsoft Studios explained extensively what is happening, they have never explained why they are shutting down the servers so soon after launching the game.
Are any of our readers players of this game, and affected by this announcement?