After just under a year and a half of service, Bandai Namco and developer KLab have announced the end of support for the iOS/Android title Tales of Crestoria.
Crestoria was announced in September 2018 on Twitter with the opening of its official account, with an English worldwide release confirmed that December during the Tales 23rd Anniversary Livestream, but various behind-the-scenes issues delayed the launch of the game to July 2020.
Despite significant technical issues with the game client, the title gained notoriety for placing a heavier focus on its story than previous Tales mobile games, with many wishing the game would be ported to Switch or PlayStation 4.
In recent months, however, story and event updates had begun to roll out much more slowly, and as of December 1, 2021, the game had no active promotions at all, leading many to predict a forthcoming End of Service announcement, which came through the game’s official Twitter account. The details of the shutdown are as follows:
- Effective immediately, in-app purchases have been disabled.
- The existing game and content will remain available until February 6th, 2022, at 9 PM PST/12 AM ET.
- No new content will be added to the game, with the final story update being Chapter 10 Pt 2 on November 25th. (The development team have expressed strong interest in finishing the story by other means.) This includes additional features and bugfixes that had been previously announced.
- The remainder of the Tales of Crestoria webcomic will be released weekly, until the server shutdown.
This announcement comes only a month after the worldwide launch of the most recent Tales mobile title, Tales of Luminaria, with many fans stating a hesitancy to support any new mobile titles in the franchise due to the short life of all of its worldwide releases. While Japan will, even after this shutdown, still have three active titles, Luminaria, Rays, and Asteria, global users will only have Luminaria, as the global client for Rays closed only ten months after launch.
The team has thanked fans for their support for the title.
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