After Less Than Six Months, Capcom Shutting Puzzle Fighter To Focus On Dead Rising

The mobile puzzle game will be removed from app stores this summer.

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Capcom is shutting down services for its recent mobile game, Puzzle Fighter. The publisher announced that it will remove the puzzle game from app stores on July 1, while the option to spend money on in-app purchases will be disabled on April 23.

Servers for Puzzle Fighter will continue to operate for a few more weeks after the title is de-listed, but they will be shut down on July 31, after which point the game will no longer be playable. In the meantime, Capcom is offering 10,000 gems--Puzzle Fighter's in-game currency--to all players as a thank-you gift.

The company is also releasing Puzzle Fighter's upcoming characters and stages for free. Two new characters, Regina and Dr. Wily, will be added to the game later today, April 20, while Ada Wong and a pair of stages--Darminor and Uroboros Laboratory--arrive on April 23.

Puzzle Fighter officially launched for iOS and Android devices in November 2017. It was developed by Capcom Vancouver, the studio best known for the Dead Rising series. According to the publisher, the zombie series factored into the decision to shut down Puzzle Fighter.

"As the studio is dedicating its focus to our flagship Dead Rising franchise, we have decided to sunset Puzzle Fighter," Capcom explained in a post on the Capcom Unity blog. "We appreciate the fans who have supported Puzzle Fighter until this point. We thank you for playing the game and hope to ensure your remaining time with Puzzle Fighter is an enjoyable one."

Earlier this year, Capcom Vancouver was hit by a wave of layoffs that impacted "approximately 30% of the studio." Capcom hasn't formally announced a new Dead Rising game, but most recent release in the series, Dead Rising 4: Frank's Big Package, launched for PS4 in December and packaged 2016's Dead Rising 4 with all of its DLC and new bonus content.

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CyberEarth

This is why games-as-a-service model sucks donkey balls.
https://imgur.com/rJmRtMd

A company can shutter a server and end gameplay FOREVER simply because they want to.

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BLiTZ_156

Was laggy as heck last time I played it anyway... Probably what put off a lot of players too I imagine.

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omnifas215

Just rerelease it on consoles/PC without the gacha bs at $20 or so. Although the game needed heavy tweaking even as a mobile gacha game.

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Elranzer

They should just patch it to be an offline game.

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AlexOfBurg

Mobile gaming is the butt hole of the industry.

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DWalker131

@alexofburg: HEY !!! i like buttholes, mobile gaming is the bellybutton of the industry utterly useless lol

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atopp399

I bet the whales that kept the game afloat for this long are pretty mad about this. What game will they waste all their money on now?

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Archangel2222

Also Im still playing this and cant unlock 100% of the roster yet its so grindy and was trying my best and wanted to get everything maxed out eventually, guess Ill never find out and get the chance challening the bots in online mode

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Archangel2222

What a joke to shut it down so soon. Feel sorry for all the people who paid real cash for unlocks and gems what a waste it is now. Seems like they just wanted to steal money from the public to fund some project. boycott capcom this is shameful surely they can laywer up this is bad practice and why i hate mobile gaming and online only games because this can happen. how can you demand money to sell a product you think will be around for ages only to last 6 months thats just a joke

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Tidus1012

Haven't heard about it, personally I don't like mobile games, most of them are pay to win, have horrible are repetitive gameplay, get boring really fast and they need too much space.

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PlaystationZone

Mobile gameing has no future this proof it.

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Pyrosa

@playstationzone: P2W mobile gaming...

Had they released an ACTUAL Puzzle Fighter game, they wouldn't have had all the upkeep.

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PlaystationZone

@Pyrosa: I think was a street fighter puzzle game back on PS3 psn store and Xbox live store.

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Justmo

@playstationzone: the orinal was an Arcade game from 1996.

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PlaystationZone

@justmo: did see arcade vision but I through PS3 or Xbox 360 was different vision . Oh well I guess it’s not .

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KamiNoBeniMizu

@playstationzone: The puzzle spinoffs are older than the PS2 generation. This mobile game was a failed attempt to revive the puzle spinoffs.

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Pyrosa

@kaminobenimizu: IIRC, the first one I played was an OG PS1 disc.

I don't recall a stand-up arcade version of that, though... Arcades had not yet made their comeback (as barcades) yet.

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Justmo

Because is horrible compared to the original.

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Ohaidere

Mobile gaming is a blight on gaming.

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KamiNoBeniMizu

@Ohaidere: The apps that are 99.98% microtransactions are (let alone Super Spider Great Auto Theft 7 and other messed up knockoffs) , the rest is perfectly fine. Well, if you're lucky enough to find them.

That's why I stick to Humblebundle to get quality mobile stuff. It's messed up to see they have more chance on appstores than Steam when you think about it...

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meedokicky

Now remove micro transaction and release on PC/consoles for 15-20$

Knowing Cpacom though, they'll screw that one up too, so nvm.

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KamiNoBeniMizu

@meedokicky: I think $10-$15 is more appropriate. Unless there was a lot of content in this game.

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meedokicky

@kaminobenimizu: Yeah but I just don't see them going that low. maybe 10% off for the first week :P

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KamiNoBeniMizu

@meedokicky: *Sigh* Why can't developers be more realistic with releases? Either they overestimate their big projects, or they underestimate smaller projects. Capcom overestimated their smaller project.

I hope it didn't cost more than they earned in the 6 months it was on. Or else it means they fell hard on their face.

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meedokicky

@kaminobenimizu: It is also Sony I think, especially Japanese games usually cost less on Steam. Tekken 7 cost 10$ less on Steam than on PSN.

Well I'd fall bad for the devs, but not for Capcom as a publisher tbh.

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FallenOneX

@meedokicky: $24.99, and there will be a physical copy for the Switch.

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meedokicky

@FallenOneX: Sounds plausible actually, IF they're going to re-release it.

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KamiNoBeniMizu

@FallenOneX: I could pay that much for a physical edition that won't have more content added (if servers of the host are closed, the original cart is not "finished"). I hate it when developers create a game just to "finish" it later by sprinkling content at a slow pace.

Makes me want to wait 2 years just to be sure. Knowing Capcom, it should be the case!

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KamiNoBeniMizu

Instead of releasing another online puzzle game in severely overcrowded appstores, why don't they work on a small puzzle game that is offline?

Didn't they get a clue with all the apps that closed already? They don't seem to study trends, and upcoming hyped mobile titles at all. SF fans wouldn't touch such a thing for long, and SF is "niche" outside the fighting game community and more knowledgeable gamers. It had no chance.

Like that FFXV pinball game.

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thomaswmak

@kaminobenimizu: what FFXV pinball game?

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KamiNoBeniMizu

@thomaswmak: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FAncoBl27NE

I played it for 2 weeks, then *poof*. Developers should learn to stop chasing $ and just release offline mobile games that can be fun. Maybe adding optional ads wouldn't hurt either

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thomaswmak

@kaminobenimizu: unfortunately it's not going to happen. they will chase $ when they can.

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KamiNoBeniMizu

@thomaswmak: They failed hard and lost more $ than they earned. But then again, people got paid to maintain these games online, so it's not like it was wasted.