Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier, the mobile multiplayer battle royale game, will be shutting down in January. The news comes a month after the game’s one-year anniversary, launching for iOS and Android in November 2021.
Square Enix stated that they feel it hasn’t delivered the experience it’s meant to be, so it will begin discontinuing the service starting today. Route of the game website lists a three-step sunset schedule. Today, you can no longer buy Shinra credits from the store, but you can still use the credits you own until the game stops working. On November 1, support for non-English localization will end (meaning text will only be displayed in English going forward). Finally, on January 11, The First Soldier will go offline.
Here’s the full End of Service message Twitter:
With a heavy heart, we are announcing the end of service for Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier. We will end service at 07:00 UTC on January 11, 2023.
Despite all our efforts to bring you regular updates with new and exciting content, we have not been able to deliver the experience we expected and you all deserve it. It’s worth it, so we’ve made the extremely difficult decision to end service for Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier.
We would like to thank all of you who have supported us over the past year.
Although it’s less than 3 months until service ends, we’ll keep updating in the meantime, so we hope you’ll continue to enjoy Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier until the very end. together.
October 12, 2022 – From everyone in the FF7FS team
The first soldier is revealed in February 2021 along with another mobile FFVII RPG, Ever Crisis (still unreleased but planned closed beta for this year). The third-person battle royale takes place before the event of FFVII and pits 75 players against each other as SOLDIER contenders. In addition to using guns, players also use magic and even summons. square stated before The First Soldier is an attempt to attract a large fan base to the FFVII universe while giving existing fans a new way to enjoy its mythological stories.
Unfortunately, this isn’t Square Enix’s first multiplayer game published to receive an ax this year. Babylon’s Fall, Platinum Games’ live-service action RPG, is also will be closed in Februaryless than a year after the debut was not recognized.
While The First Soldier is coming, more FFVII content is being released. As mentioned before, Ever Crisis is still on the charts, and Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion Released on December 13th. Final Fantasy VII Rebirthsequel to Remake, slated for release next winter.