It looks like everyone’s favorite anime and manga arena fighter, Jump Force, days are numbered as Bandai Namco recently announced they are sunsetting the game.
In a recent Tweet, the company mentioned the game will cease to be sold as of Feb. 7, 2022. Following that, the Jump Force online servers will go offline as of August 24, 2022. However, the game will still be playable offline past that date.
Our sincere thanks goes out to all Jump Force players and fans for their support; but with all good things, they must come to an end.
Jump Force’s availability through digital purchase in the Americas will end on 2/7/2022 at 5 PM PST. pic.twitter.com/upzmWbqmcP
— Bandai Namco US (@BandaiNamcoUS) November 10, 2021
To be honest, I know even sure how Jump Force survived as long as it did. Sure, the game had a plethora of anime and manga favorites, pitting them against each other in 3 vs. 3 combat, yet the underlying game was flawed. The combat wasn’t fun nor engaging, the story mode was a snore-fest, the frame rate was all over the place and the tag mechanics made no sense — why did everyone share the same life bar? To its credit, the visuals did look nice. It also felt pretty good to punch Light Yagami right in his smug face.
As for why Bandai Namco is sunsetting the game after supporting for so long is anyone’s guess. I have a hunch that the company didn’t want to continue paying the licensing fees for a game that has fallen off the charts and has noticed that the game isn’t selling well.
Still, if you’re a fan of anime and manga and like fighting games and haven’t given Jump Force a try, you still have some time before its days in the sun are over. Or you could just play Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2; I don’t think that game is ever going to die out.