KLab has announced that after six years since its release, the Japanese version of the Utano☆Princesama Shining Live mobile rhythm game will be shutting down on December 26, 2023, exactly one year after the English and Chinese versions also ended their service.
The developer has also shared the full schedule of updates leading to the end of service date. Here’s a translated version of the schedule:
- November 1, 2023: The Memorial Bangle Exchange lineup will be updated. Story and Event Tickets will have their prices adjusted to 10 Memorial Bangles each, and you can also exchange for as many as you’d like. Furthermore, the final set list event, Shining Live Climax, will also be held, with details coming at a later date. Lastly, a selection of Limited Time Only voices will be added to each Idol’s Voice Log, and a special daily mission will be added so you can easily obtain training items and medals.
- November 8, 2023: Chapter 19 of the Main Story, titled LOVE & MUSIC will be implemented.
- December 1, 2023: All Photos from past events will all be added to the Memorial Bangle Exchange.
- December 19, 2023: All Photos from the Photo Shoot gachas will be added to the Memorial Bangle Exchange. Furthermore, the cost to exchange for a UR Photo will be reduced from 30,000 to just 1, and the SR Photo cost will also be decreased from 10,000 to 1. Note that the Happy Smiling Stage and My Oath in Song UR sets, as well as any cards released after August 2023 will not be included.
- December 26, 2023: End of Service date.
Not all hope is lost however, as the developers have also confirmed that development of a Nintendo Switch offline version, as well as the production of a special book containing all of the available art and costume designs from the game. Information about both the Switch port and the artbook will be revealed at a later date.
While it is sad to see the Japanese version go so soon after the demise of the Global release, it does bring a joy to my heart that the game will live on with the Nintendo Switch port, and it is my hope that KLab and Broccoli can perhaps work together to bring that port Westward. I mean, one can dream, right?
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