In a further testament to the fragile nature of online mobile games, hero collection game Phantom Chaser is shutting down.
Here is the schedule for Phantom Chaser’s closure:
- Payment system will be closed on September 10, 2018.
- The game will be removed from Google Play and the App Store on September 10, 2018.
- Servers will shut down on October 12th, 2018.
- Customer service for the game will end on October 15, 2018.
That means anyone who has the game installed before it is removed from Google Play will be able to play it for an extra month.
Fans who have been following the game may not be entirely surprised with the announcement, made on the game’s social media channels, as the game has not received any notable updates since the July addition of a new hero.
Phantom Chaser launched in November of last year and offered gamers a chance to collect more than 130 different heroes inspired by myths and legends. The game had the same basic cycle as many gacha RPGs: acquire and power up heroes, build teams, take on waves of enemies. Though the combat gave players more direct control over their phantoms than gacha games like the recently released Tales of Erin, it did not offer much in terms of differentiation.
The game was not without its fans, holding a 4.5 star rating on Google Play despite a number of users experiencing technical difficulties.
Phantom Chaser’s service shut down is another example of the difficulties of creating a successful mobile title, particularly when it comes to saturated categories like hero collection RPGs. While some titles have found tremendous success, many new games struggle and eventually shut their doors. That includes titles from smaller companies like Phantom Chaser’s Floppygames, as well as bigger publishers like Nexon and Gamevil who have shut down a number of games in the past year.
Those that want to try out Phantom Chaser before it goes down can find it on Google Play.
Here’s a look at the game that will soon be shutting down: