Soulcalibur: Lost Swords Ending Free-to-Play Service in November
Bandai Namco Games will be closing down its free-to-play fighting game, Soulcalibur: Lost Swords.
Polygon reports that after 2 million downloads and about a year and a half of service, the F2P fighting game Soulcalibur: Lost Swords will be ending. This PlayStation 3 digital title's servers will be closing down on Nov. 30. Bandai Namco Games plans on ending the sales of certain in-game consumable items on Sept 30, and all in-game item sales on Oct. 27. Bandai Namco also posted a farewell video for Lost Swords on its Japanese YouTube account.
"The warriors may fade, but their souls will ignite again."
Soulcalibur: Lost Swords launched in April 2014. This F2P single-player brawler was like a barebones version of Soulcalibur V. You were originally able to use Sophitia, Siegfried and Mitsurugi and could unlock the likes of Ivy, Cassandra, Taki and more via in-game events and app purchases. Unfortunately, the game was poorly received by the masses, having atrocious loading times, a lack of multiplayer, the removal of the series' infamous ring-out system and a huge focus on microtransactions.
Bandai Namco is still considering where to take Soulcalibur next, as the series' sales have been on the decline, especially when compared to the likes of Tekken and Street Fighter. Its last major title, Soulcalibur V, launched over three years ago for last-gen systems. Hopefully, Bandai Namco is planning to bring Mitsurugi and the gang over to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
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