Exteel comes to an end

Exteel, a free to play MMO from NC Soft will shut down its servers September 1, 2010.  The statement from the official site reads:

"All good things must come to an end

Tuesday, July 27, 2010 —

NCsoft has made the decision that the Exteel franchise is no longer financially viable. On September 1, 2010 at normal maintenance time, all Exteel servers maintained by NCsoft will shut down permanently.

This is a global shutdown, and not based on our server alone.

NCcoins will no longer be available for sale through our website, and Game Time Cards can no longer be used to add additional coins to any account. Current Game Time Cards that have not been applied can be used for any other NCsoft game. New game account and forum account creation will be disabled. We encourage anyone who has coins currently on your account to spend them as soon as possible. Please use all of your coins as no refunds will be provided.

In late August, we will have an event where all items will be available for 1 credit only so that everyone has the chance to experience any weapon, mech, build, etc that they ever could have wanted. Your coins should be used before that time. Additionally, we will be rewarding our loyal players who purchased NCcoins for the time and money they have invested in Exteel. More information about the loyalty rewards will be available in late August.

We know that we have many loyal players who love Exteel. Although this decision was a painful one, in the end it was a business decision that had to be made. We encourage everyone to play and have fun with the game that you love in the time you have left."

This is a shame as Exteel was a fantastic mech based shooter that had a wonderful fan base.  It was a joy to customize my mech and then take it into the field of battle (capture the flag).  I stopped playing back in October, when I upgraded to Windows 7.  I am currently running the 32bit OS, and Windows saw Exteel as a threat and would shut down each time I tried to play.  Supposedly, the 64bit version was not affected and NC Soft made no announcements on fixing the issue.  I had always looked forward to playing again when i upgraded my computer.  Sadly, it doesn't look like I'll have that opportunity.  Goodbye, old friend.  You will be missed.
Exteel official site