Today Bandai Namco made a surprise announcement that will likely displease fans of Jump Force.
The game will be removed from all digital marketplaces in both North America and Europe in February 2022. Of course, those who already own the game will still continue to be able to play it.
On top of that, the online servers will be shut down in August 2022. Offline gameplay and online battles (excluding ranked matches) will remain available but the multiplayer lobby, online events, clan functions, the notice board, leaderboards, the reward counter, the in-game store, and the premium shop will go the way of the dodo.
You can check out the announcement from both arms of the publisher below.
While Bandai Namco has not explained the reasons behind the announcement, it’s likely that it’s due to the game’s extremely complex licensing situation due to including so many manga and anime franchises.
If you’re unfamiliar with the game, you can read an official description below.
“The most famous Manga heroes are thrown into a whole new battleground: our world. Uniting to fight the most dangerous threat, the Jump Force will bear the fate of the entire humankind.
Create your own avatar and jump into an original Story Mode to fight alongside the most powerful Manga heroes from DRAGON BALL Z, ONE PIECE, NARUTO, BLEACH, HUNTER X HUNTER, YU-GI-OH!, YU YU HAKUSHO, SAINT SEIYA and many others.
Or head to the Online Lobby to challenge other players and discover lots of modes and activities.”