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Jump Force To Be Pulled From Digital Shelves Next February

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In the fall of 2019, Bandai Namco released Jump Force, a crossover fighting game bringing together all of the most popular characters that have ever been seralized in Shonen Jump. They were all there: Goku, Luffy, Naruto, Yusuke from Yu Yu Hakusho, and a host of other characters from series like Dragon Ball, Naruto, Bleach, Hunter x Hunter, Black Clover and Rurouni Kenshin.

Now forget all that because it’s getting buried. Namco announced today the servers for online play in Jump Force will be shut down this coming February. And even though it’s possible to play the game offline, they’re cutting their losses and pulling the ENTIRE THING from digital storefronts. (If you have previously purchased Jump Force, the game will still be playable — this isn’t a PT situation.)

Jump Force was unusual for a fighting game in that you controlled three characters at once by switching between them. It was necessary that you do this because matches worked on “rock-paper-scizzors” rules — your guy might be weak against another guy, but another character might be stronger. Because of this, it was impossible to “main” one character or win on pure skill alone.

The question is, will it be missed? Apparently not. Reactions to the announcement on social media have ranged from indifference to posting a meme mocking the game. The most common complaint is that Jump Force was frustrating and / or dull to play, and that they would have preferred a “real” fighter that didn’t rely on rock-paper-scizzors mechanics.

It’s worth noting, though, that this isn’t the first fighting game that brings together the Shonen Jump universe. Jump Superstars, a 2-D platform fighter for the DS, was a lot closer to what fans were hoping Jump Force would be like…and since it was released physically, you can still get a copy, provided you still have the DS to play it on.