A recreation not included on our checklist of main 2022 video games that died this yr was Sq. Enix’s kart racer, Chocobo GP. There’s a purpose for that, as it can stay playable for the foreseeable future. Nonetheless, as Sq. Enix introduced on December 21, the sport is successfully lifeless now since “no additional giant scale updates” are coming any time quickly. RIP.
Chocobo GP is the sequel to Sq. Enix’s 1999 speedster, Chocobo Racing. One other entry deliberate for the Nintendo 3DS, Codename: Chocobo Racing 3D, was introduced at E3 2010 however rapidly canceled earlier than ever seeing the sunshine of day. Chocobo GP, which launched onMarch 10, 2022 for Nintendo Change was a shocking return for the long-dormant franchise that drew ire from followers for its grindy mechanics and costly battle move.
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Now, in a perhaps not-so-surprising flip of occasions, Sq. Enix has ended assist for Chocobo GP simply 9 months after the sport’s launch. It wasn’t even a yr outdated but, however in an necessary discover on the sport’s web site, the writer mentioned “there shall be no additional giant scale updates (e.g. new characters or new maps) [added] to [Chocobo GP] after the Season 5 replace on Wednesday, December 21.” Rankings will proceed with out using the battle move (referred to as prize move within the recreation), however you’ll be able to now not purchase the premium in-game forex Mythril from the Nintendo eShop. The in-game store you’d use mentioned Mythril, together with any unspent Mythril you’ve got, will vanish completely from Chocobo GP on January 6.
“Moreover, new gadgets will proceed to be added to the Mythril store throughout Season 5 as earlier than, however the identical gadgets can also be added to the Ticket or Gil retailers on the identical time and grow to be obtainable to acquire with out spending Mythril,” Sq. Enix mentioned. “Gadgets initially offered within the Mythril Store throughout the Season 1 to Season four durations can also be added to the Ticket or Gil Retailers. We hope you proceed to take pleasure in Chocobo GP.”
Kotaku reached out to Sq. Enix for remark.
Sq. Enix didn’t present a trigger or rationalization for it’s unceremoniously ending assist for the Mario Kart-like racer. Possibly allocating sources to the sport proved untenable or developer Arika is focusing its consideration some place else. It’s arduous to say, however regardless, you’ll nonetheless be capable to play Chocobo GP till it’s taken offline. Each time that occurs.
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