In the future, when all video games are freemium titles and have a limited lifespan, publishers will be able to simply shut them off when they reach their limit and lose popularity. Excellent titles will be forever lost to history, and we’ll never have the chance to establish sentimental favorites ever again…
Okay, that’s a bit extreme, but the freemium purge has claimed a life in a franchise that I adore very much. Square Enix has announced that it will be shutting down services for Rise of Mana on March 31. Producer Masaru Oyamada states that the publisher never reached an ideal balance between popularity and budget, and he doesn’t believe his team can continue to develop the content fans want.
However, he hasn’t given up entirely! He is currently brainstorming ways to bring the title back in a more sustainable fashion. Hopefully, this translates into a proper single player action RPG for the PS Vita or Nintendo 3DS.
Rise of Mana is a smartphone game in Japan that recently made the leap to the PS Vita. It comes from the same classic JRPG franchise that spawned hits like Final Fantasy Adventure, Secret of Mana, and Legend of Mana.