Earlier today, Wordle creator Josh Wardle announced that the popular free-to-play game has been purchased by The New York Times. In Wardle's announcement, the creator said that "the game will be free to play for everyone," but it seems that might not be the case. The New York Times' own reporting states that the game will be "initially" free, implying that a subscription to the paper's digital edition or its puzzle content will be required after a certain amount of time. That has already led to a lot of disappointment from players, who seem convinced the move will kill the game.
Following the announcement, "RIP Wordle" began trending on Twitter, as fans of the game shared their frustration. Wordle's simplicity has made it a huge success on social media, and its free-to-play nature has made it a big draw. It's far too early to say what the future will hold for the game, and whether or not the move will benefit Wordle in the long run. For now, however, fans are a little bit bummed.
Keep reading to see what fans are saying about Wordle!
The purity was nice while it lasted.
rip wordle, there is nothing sacred to capitalism apparently— mark (@markandlanguage) February 1, 2022
Some fans found clever ways to say goodbye.prevnext
A potential paywall is a big concern.
RIP Wordle, it was a good run. Maybe it'll stay good for a bit, but they'll find a way to ruin it. Like a paywall or something. https://t.co/XQ8iKFYBRu— Griefingway (@SporePunch) February 1, 2022
Most fans seem happy for Wardle...
I'm really happy for the guy who created Wordle.— bitca (@bitca) February 1, 2022
I'm really sad because Wordle is not going to be the same now.#RIPWordle
...but not for Wordle.
The one good thing I was hoping would be constant in 2022 is gone before the first month has even ended.
RIP Wordle. (At least the engineer has something positive come from it?)— kita⁷✜💎 || semi-ia (@kitalovessm) February 1, 2022
This one stings a little.prevnext
The frustration is real.
Guys, I'm literally so depressed about Wordle. RIP Wordle. Why can't we just have nice things?— Nikalyn (@Nikalyn) January 31, 2022