Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier will shut down in January

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Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier, the mobile multiplayer battle royale, will be retired in January. The news comes a month before the game’s one-year anniversary, which was released for iOS and Android in November 2021.

Square Enix says it feels it hasn’t delivered the experience it intended and will therefore begin phasing out the service starting today. A roadmap on the game’s website lists a three-stage sunset plan. Today, you can no longer purchase Shinra Credits from the shop, but you can still spend the credits you own until the game shuts down. On November 1st, support for non-English localizations (meaning that text will only be displayed in English in the future) will end. Finally, on January 11th, The First Soldier will go offline for good.

Here is the full end of service announcement per Twitter:

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

Despite our best efforts to provide you with regular updates of fresh and exciting content, we have not been able to deliver the experience we were hoping for and that you all deserve, so we have made the extremely difficult decision to end service for Final Fantasy VII The first soldier.

We would like to thank everyone who has supported us over the past year.

Although it’s just under 3 months until the end of the service, we’ll continue to make updates during that time, so we hope you’ll enjoy Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier to the end.

October 12, 2022 – By all members of the FF7FS team

The First Soldier was revealed in February 2021 alongside another FFVII mobile RPG, Ever Crisis (which has yet to be released but is scheduled for closed beta this year). The third-person battle royale took place before the events of FFVII and pitted 75 players against each other as SOLDIER candidates. Besides using firearms, players can use magic and even summons. Square previously said The First Soldier is an attempt to attract a broader fan base to the FFVII universe while also giving existing fans a new way to enjoy its mythos.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first multiplayer game released by Square Enix to get the ax this year. Babylon’s Fall, Platinum Games’ live-service action role-playing game, will also be discontinued in February, less than a year after its poorly received launch.

While The First Soldier disappears, there is a lot of FFVII content in the pipeline. As previously mentioned, Ever Crisis remains on the agenda and Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion is out on December 13th. Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, the sequel to Remake, is slated for release next winter.

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