Level 5’s Fantasy Life Online shutting down in Japan, but a global version may be coming soon

    
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It’s the end of a short era for one mobile MMO, as Level 5 announced that it’ll be closing down Fantasy Life Online next month on December 15th in Japan. You may recall (if your memories are better than ours) that this entry into the Fantasy Life franchise opened its doors in Japan back in 2018.

“Since launch, we have strived to achieve our goal of operating a game that players can enjoy, but have come to the conclusion that it will be difficult to provide satisfactory service going forward, and have thus decided to end service,” Level 5 said.

This announcement possibly throws up into the air the recently announced global launch of the game, which is being handled by Boltrend Games. That version just wrapped up a closed beta test, signifying that a release wasn’t too far away. Hopefully for fans, it’ll still happen.

Source: Touch Arcade
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Carl Berna

Dec 7th is global launch according to Boltrend.

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Ryan Allgood

Damn. I was actually pretty excited for the global release of this, as I looooooved the DS game.

But if the Japanese version is shutting down, then that means the global version has a limited lifespan, and will probably have an even shorter one than the Japanese one did.

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Danny Smith

Level 5 has not had a lot of luck in recent years. They were hailed at one point as “replacing pokemon” with their Yokai Watch series that has since crashed and burned to 90% decline in profitability which along with them closing their western studios and publishing branches has had fans since the Dark Cloud days worrying.

They could use a win but i don’t know a soul other than myself that even bought Fantasy Life as the 3DS was starting to wind down at this point for third party games so i don’t know how much wider appeal this would have and they aren’t really in the position to take huge risks.

-Or shit maybe they are in such dire straights taking big gambles are worth the risk? boy i hope not.

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Rialto

I pre-ordered the original and still have the art print they gave out for pre-ordering(I even put it in a lil frame). It’s probably my favorite game ever on 3DS.

They definitely made a LOT of mistakes with Yokai Watch, especially writing the 4th game in a way that made it nearly impossible to localize due to it being tied directly to different series and movies in the franchise that had come out over the course of years in Japan, but which were also never released in the west.

Ni No Kuni II was also extremely divisive (and very bad compared to the first in my opinion, which was a masterpiece). Then there is the complete and total failure to launch of The Snack World franchise. It really didn’t seem to do well even in Japan, and they seemed to be banking on it to make up some of the ground Yokai Watch had lost, along with appealing to Fantasy Life fans, neither of which it actually accomplished.

I just hope Bandai Namco will grab Megaton Musashi and publish it outside of Japan for them if nothing else. That one looks awesome.

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Jeremy Barnes

I loved Ni No Kuni. It was amazing. As someone who’s played RPGs for 30ish years or so now, it had been a long time since I was able to just sit back and “experience” a game.

I was so excited for Ni No Kuni 2. I avoided almost all media on it. I knew next to nothing about the day it launched. It did not take long for me to go “WTF”. It was a massive disappointment and still boggles my mind how it came to exist.

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Sajiri

I absolutely loved Fantasy Life on the 3DS, but I didn’t know anyone else who played it. I only heard about the mobile one recently and was hoping to see it one day

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Jeremy Barnes

Level 5 made some great games. The last several years, they’ve made some really poor decisions.

I mean Dark Cloud 1 & 2, Rogue Galaxy, Dragon Quest VIII, and Ni No Kuni are some of my favorite games of all time. Then they started trying to force everything to be a franchise.. and well, here we are.

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Rialto

I’m really hope the global version will still come out as I do really want to play it. However, I’m also hoping this may mean Level-5 has finally decided to make a proper sequel to the original.

It’s definitely cautious optimism though, as it seems like Level-5 has had a LOT of trouble in the past few years. It makes me sad as they’ve been one of my very favorite Japanese developers since the days of Dark Cloud 1.