Jump Force closes down, sales and service will close in 2022

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Bandai Namco has announced that it’s taking steps to shut down support for its anime crossover fighter, Hop power. The sale of the game, its DLC and virtual currency will end across all platforms in all territories on February 7, 2022. The majority of the online services for the fighter will close on August 24, 2022.

Developed by Spike Chunsoft, Hop power seemed like a “can not miss” view when it was announced: a one-on-one battle title that would see heroes and villains from a series of mega-popular anime series come together for an almighty cast. Featuring poster guys and girls from franchises such as Dragon Ball Z, Naruto, One Piece, Bleach, and Hunter x Hunter, Jump Force seemed like a title that would capture the hearts and wallets of even the most casual anime fans.

Unfortunately, it quickly became clear upon release in 2019 Hop power was no Dragon Ball FighterZ, which receives universal mid-term reviews from both critics and fans. Despite building on its astonishingly good list of recognizable faces, it just wasn’t a particularly engaging fighter and quickly disappeared among the better anime-infused fighting games that were on the market. Bandai Namco has not given a clear reason for the closure, so we do not know if it matters to juggle all the different character licenses.

From 7 February Hop power and all related DLC will be removed from the Store and will remain unaffordable, although licensed players will still be able to download their selected content. From August 24, the multiplayer lobby, sound battle, leaderboards, online news, rewards center and in-game store will all be permanently closed. In terms of online multiplayer, players will be able to play online vs. matches but will not have access to lobbies or rankings.

Chris Moyse

Senior Editor – Chris has been playing video games since the 1980s. Former Saturday Night Slam Master. Graduated from Galaxy High with honors.

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