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GungHo to shut down Puzzle & Dragons in Europe

GungHo to shut down Puzzle & Dragons in Europe

Japanese mobile publishing outfit GungHo is to shut down Puzzle & Dragons' European server on December 10th.

Once the server is taken offline the company also plans to take the game off of European app stores.

Following on, the official homepage, Facebook page, customer support and Twitter will shut down January 21st 2019.

It should be noted, however, that the schedule is subject to change.

No official reason was given for GungHo's decision to pull the game from Europe. However, the game has performed relatively poorly of late in the region, struggling to rank inside the App Store top 200 in key countries and in some cases outside the top 500. 

Closure

GungHo noted that it will not be possible for users to transfer game data to other Puzzle & Dragons servers, and those seeking refunds for purchased Magic Stones should consult with Apple Care or Apple Stores for their region.

Since launching back in 2012, Puzzle & Dragons has shown some resilience over the long-term in its native Japan, racking up 49 million downloads and healthy profits. However, in recent years GungHo has been unable to stop its decline or follow it up with a title of similar success. 

Such a decline has had a significant effect on the publisher's revenue and profits, which fell once again for the three months ending June 30th 2018.

Net sales were reported to be down 11 per cent year-on-year at $187 million. Profits also took another hit and were down some 40 per cent year-on-year to $32 million. 


Staff Writer

Iain is a freelance writer based in Scotland with a penchant for indies and all things Nintendo. Alongside PocketGamer.Biz, he has also appeared in Kotaku, Rock Paper Shotgun, PCGamesN and VG24/7.

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