Cygames’ popular RPG, Princess Connect Re: Dive, will officially shut down on April 30, 2023, as announced by the company. The game, initially a massive hit, struggled to maintain its user engagement, leading to its demise nearly two years after its release.
Princess Connect! Re: Dive: The Initial Hype
Princess Connect! Re: Dive is a Japanese RPG that was published and created by Cygames. The game was released on February 15, 2018, and was available for iOS and Android devices. The game received immense popularity and became an instant hit largely due to its unique approach, attracting a large number of players from across the globe.
The game reached immense popularity, ranking first in sales on the Japanese App Store, while other regions also saw a high influx of new players among the AAA-rated games.
Dwindling User Engagement
On March 31, 2023, Cygames announced the discontinuation of the game, but they didn’t cite any reason for the same. However, reports from developers at AppMagic showed a different reality. The game struggled since its release, with an overall decline in downloads and revenue generation. This decline could have led to the game’s inevitable shutdown.
Impact of the Shutdown on In-game Purchases
Cygames announced the closure of the in-game shop as part of the shutdown process, effective immediately. Players won’t be able to make in-game purchases any longer. And players will be able to use the accumulated Jewels or similar resources to purchase new characters until the game closes.
The End of Princess Connect! Re: Dive
The Princess Connect! Re: Dive era is coming to an end, and the upcoming characters Rin (Ranger) and Mahiru (Ranger) will be the game’s last additions. Mahiru will become available for purchase on April 17.
The gaming community has had their fair share of heartbreaks lately with many anticipated games being canceled, creating a ripple effect that has affected several aspects of the mobile gaming industry. Do you think this is going to be another casualty, or are we going to see more games being wiped out in the near future? What are your thoughts on the shutdown of Princess Connect Re: Dive? Let us know in the comments below!