Bandai Namco has released an update regarding the long-term maintenance for One Piece Bounty Rush, and it’s not good news. In a post on the game’s official website, the Japanese company has said that progress has been difficult and gamers should not expect the game to relaunch soon. One Piece Bounty Rush was primarily an action packed 4 on 4 competition to see which team can collect the most berries while beating up their opponents.
Launched at the end of March, PVP brawler One Piece Bounty Rush had significant issues that made the game unplayable for many users. These issues included major graphical glitches, black screens, and other bugs that quickly caused the game’s rating to sink.
Soon after the game’s launch, Bandai Namco announced that the game would undergo long-term maintenance starting on April 10th, 2018. Today is the first update the company has released since that time.
In the status update the Japanese publisher let gamers know that team working on the game is making large scale improvements, but that progress has been tough. What gamers might want to know the most is the game’s relaunch date and unfortunately that was not provided. The current estimated relaunch date for One Piece Bounty Rush is some time this winter.
Bounty Rush was launched alongside the global version of Sword Art Online: Integral Factor, which has gone on to gain more than 1 million downloads through Google Play since launch. Last month Bandai Namco launched Dragon Ball Legends, further helping to fill the holes left in its catalog from the temporary loss of One Piece Bounty Rush.
Bounty Rush was not the only game that the company took offline of late, it also shut down both mobile “Tales of” titles. Puzzle gacha game Tales of Links was shut down globally, while only the international version of the more story driven Tales of Rays was removed.
Going forward the company has a number of games in the works, as well as a few titles that have the potential to be localized. That list includes the upcoming Digimon ReArise and Black Clover mobile game, as well as a recently released (in Japan) game based on the Record of the Grancrest War / Gurankuresuto Senki anime and light novel. Though none of these titles have officially been announced for any market outside of Japan, they are good candidates for international releases, though Bandai Namco has often been hesitant to release some of its mobile games outside of Japan.