Jump Force Is Being Delisted From Digital Stores Next Year
After just three years, anime fighting game Jump Force is being pulled from digital stores.
Jump Force, the most ambitious anime crossover since Mobile Suit Gundam collided with Hello Kitty, has reached the end of its online lifespan after just three years. Bandai Namco announced today that the fighting game will be delisted in American regions, meaning that it will no longer be available as a digital purchase from February 8, 2022.
Bandai Namco will also sunset the game's various DLCs and virtual currency, while the multiplayer matchmaking, online leaderboards, and lobbies will cease to be on August 24, 2022. Jump Force first arrived in 2019 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, and featured a stacked roster of manga characters pulled from the entire publishing history of Weekly Shonen Jump magazine.
Dragon Ball Z, Naruto, and One Piece were just some of the manga properties that were represented by their signature protagonists, and as time went on that cast swelled with the addition of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Black Clover, Hunter X Hunter, and many more.
While it wasn't too dissimilar from several of the other anime arena fighting games on the market currently, Jump Force's unique gameplay trait was its three-on-three combat that tasked players with assembling a trio of characters who could counter anything thrown at them by the opposition. The game was also a good-looking showcase of manga and anime royalty, helping it earn plenty of fans after launch.
In our Jump Force review, critic Jordan Ramée praised the accessible nature of the game but felt that its story could have used some work. "Jump Force is a worthy celebration of the legacy of Shonen Jump manga, but it honors its source material a little too well with how filler-heavy the middle of its story arc is."
You only have a few months left to grab it from the PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo eShop, and Steam storefronts, although finding a physical copy in the wild shouldn't be too difficult. In other anime news, Netflix's upcoming live-action adaptation of the long-running One Piece manga and anime series has found its cast, and only a few more weeks remain before Cowboy Bebop debuts on the service on November 19.
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