Capcom announced today that its new version of Puzzle Fighter on mobile will be shutting down on July 31. Players can still play the game until that point, but will see the app disappear from mobile stores starting on July 1.
"Firstly, we'd like to thank all the fans who have supported and enjoyed our Puzzle Fighter mobile game thus far. As huge fans of Puzzle Fighter ourselves, the team here at Capcom Game Studio Vancouver is proud to have created a new version of the game that's unique and enjoyable," writes Capcom's Jeffery Simpson on the Capcom-Unity blog.
The company says that the decision was prompted by Capcom Vancouver's move to focus on the next Dead Rising game. Unfortunately this means that the new Puzzle Fighter will only have been up and running for less than a year after Capcom first announced the new Puzzle Fighter back in August 2017.
Capcom says that starting today players will be gifted with 10,000 in-game gem currency and that upcoming characters like Regina, Dr. Wily, and Ada Wong will be available for free. It's the same for upcoming levels like Darminor and Uroboros Laboratory. Regina and Dr. Wily will be available later today but Ada Wong will not be released until April 23.
It should be noted in-app purchases will cease on April 23, but players can still spend whatever gem currency they have to upgrade characters before the server shut down. As an added bonus you can stream the Puzzle Fighter soundtrack online for free via SoundCloud.
Capcom Vancouver suffered a series of layoffs earlier this year and the scope of the next Dead Rising game was said to have been reduced. No word yet on whether the new studio structure has forced the team to prioritize Dead Rising at the expense of Puzzle Fighter.