Mobile game already at a Shadaloss
Hey, remember Capcom’s recent Puzzle Fighter mobile game? Well, if you’re one of the lucky few who do, I’ve got great news: As of July 31, you can officially forget about it!
Less than five months since its worldwide launch, Capcom has announced the sunset of the polarizing mobile title, scheduled for the end of July. Why the company is giving the game the Old Yeller treatment so soon after release is unclear, but given the lootboxy nature of it, it’s probably safe to assume people weren’t dropping cash on the free-to-play title like Capcom was hoping.
Ya know, the game got a lot of chuff for being a free-to-play mobile title, which kind of farted in the face of the beloved original series. But, based on my experience with it, Puzzle Fighter wasn’t that bad. It was great for that 35-minute period where you sit on the toilet at work trying to hide from the nightmare your life has become. Or when you’re waiting in line at the DMV because government hates you and your free time so why not play a cash-grab game on your phone. Hell, it’s the perfect pick-me-up when you’re sitting on the couch with no motivation to even reach for the TV remote because hiding in the bathroom at work and then standing in line at the DMV until your legs gave out left you emotionally and physically drained to the point where all you can do is stare at your phone like the broken, beaten zombie you’ve become.
…what I’m saying is I enjoyed it in limited bursts.
The timing of the whole thing wasn’t ideal, though. Despite Capcom releasing Resident EVII_earlier in the year to great acclaim, the company was right in the midst of the muddled release of Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite, which of course followed years of growing frustration from fans regarding the company’s business decisions. When a new Puzzle Fighter title was announced, I’m sure it rubbed many the wrong way that it was a F2P mobile entry. Gotta play these things a little smarter, Capcom.
Either way, as of April 23rd the game will no longer feature in-app purchases, and will no longer be available for download on July 1st in anticipation of the servers getting taken to your uncle’s farm upstate at the end of the month. As of now there is no update on the alleged PC and PS4 release of the game.
Puzzle Fighter Sunset Announcement [Capcom-Unity]