Jump Force To be Shut Down & Removed from Online Stores
It’s always a bummer when games shut down. When online services going offline and games becoming unplayable, many fans feel like they’ve wasted their money. One of the previous games to befall a shutdown was the asymmetrical multiplayer title Friday the 13th: The Game, which was shut down due to a lawsuit over the rights to the franchise. As a result, online services were switched from the dedicated servers to peer-to-peer matchmaking, as the game wasn’t making enough money to pay for server costs.
Another game to be shut down due to critical failure was the game Battleborn from Gearbox. The title was planned to be a mix of MOBA and hero shooters, but with its launch close to Activision Blizzard’s Overwatch, the game dropped in player numbers and fell to the wayside. After being online for only two years, the title was taken off of online marketplaces, and the servers shut down in January of this year.
Now, another title is being sent to the great online storefront in the sky, Jump Force.
Shonen Protagonist Buff Not Strong Enough
Bandai Namco’s fighting game took some of the most popular Shonen anime characters and put them in a fighting game similar to the old Dragon Ball game titles. The playable characters for the game include names such as Jotaro Kujo, Dio, Seto Kaiba, Yugi Moto, Monkey D. Luffy, Kenshiro, and Ichigo Kurosaki.
The concept of the game is a fighting title where players take three characters from the Shonen Jump world into the real world to fight an enemy whose plan is to merge the dimensions of manga and reality.
The game’s reception was mixed, but was nominated for multiple fighting games of the year awards. However, after only being online for two years, it seems that the game is going to be shut down forever, ending the adventure for players all around the world.
Posted on the Bandai Namco website, it states “Everyone at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment would like to offer our sincere thanks to all Jump Force players and fans for their years of support. Today, we are announcing the end of Jump Force’s availability through digital purchase in the Americas. Jump Force will cease to be available for the base game, DLCs, and virtual currency purchase on 2/7/2022 at 5:00 pm PST for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch.”
They state that on February 8th, 2022, the game is going to be delisted from online stores, meaning that the only way the game is going to be playable is if players purchase the game now, or purchase a physical copy for consoles. They also state that once the game becomes delisted, DLC characters won’t be available for purchase.
The website also goes on to say that “Additionally, some of the Jump Force online service servers will be sunsetting on 8/24/2022; however, all single-player functions will continue to be playable locally on your home console or PC, as well as PVP battle, except the Ranked Match mode.”
A Possible Sale
While this is upsetting for preservation for players, there might be a light at the end of the tunnel for the title.
There’s a chance that during the final moments of the game, players might be able to pick the game up at a heavily discounted price, as Bandai Namco attempts to make last-minute sales for the game. Making the game and its DLC extremely cheap, players might be enticed to pick up the title. It goes without saying that there’s a good chance nobody is going to pick the game up for the full price considering the servers will soon be offline.
With all this in mind, there’s a chance that this could happen, but we won’t know for sure until closer to the games end in three months time.