Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier Announces End of Service for January 2023

Developer and publisher Square Enix announced today the official End of Service for their Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier free-to-play battle royale game, a little over a year after the game’s release.

As of right now at the time of writing, players can no longer purchase any Shinra Credits, though existing Credits can still be used until the service ends. Furthermore, the game’s Global version will officially cease to support non-English languages from October 31, 2022 and onwards, and all servers will officially shut down on January 11, 2023.

Square Enix shared the following message:

It is with a heavy heart that we are announcing the end of service for Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier. We will be ending service at 07:00 UTC on January 11, 2023.

Despite all our efforts to bring you regular updates with fresh and exciting content, we haven’t been able to deliver the experience that we were hoping to, and that you all deserve, so we have made the extremely tough decision to end service for Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier. We would like to thank you all for supporting us over the past year.

Although there is only a little less than three months until service ends, we will continue to make updates during this time, so we hope you will continue to enjoy Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier until the very end.

—From everyone on the Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier team

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If I’m being perfectly honest, the game’s lack of a PC or console port, the fact that only the most high-end of smartphones could run it decently (and I’m using the term “decently” very loosely here) might’ve been just some of the key factors that killed its popularity, but I digress. It’s a shame that the game had to meet such an untimely demise, but this only intensifies my hope that the upcoming Ever Crisis game won’t meet the same fate.

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