Free to play gacha RPG Atelier Online: Alchemist of Bressisle is not long for this world. Less than a year after its global launch, the adorable anime mobile game is already retiring.
When does Atelier Online close?
In a surprising announcement for fans of the niche RPG series, Koei Tecmo is already closing shop on Atelier mobile. Those who have spent significant amounts of money on the game only have until August to keep playing.
On August 3, Atelier Online will close its virtual doors for good. This closure follows the death of the Japanese version of the game. In Japan, the game will run for four years, from 2018 to March this year.
By comparison, the game’s worldwide release will take just over a year. The game, which was released in July 2021, failed to impress players. In our review we found the game entertaining. However, it has yet to evolve after a year of release.
Reviews for the global version of the game claim that the localization was poor and the mechanics made little sense. Now we know why the game hasn’t left any impression on mobile gamers.
Atelier Online will be officially removed from the Google Play Store on August 3. However, it will remain playable until August 17.
Fans are not happy with Boltrend
The closure of Atelier Online is far from surprising. Since the end of the game was announced in Japan, it was only a matter of time before the English version joined this example.
The writing was on the wall and the writing was in large block letters. Not only the Japanese version was closed, but the English version has been in “maintenance” for four months.
With the revelation of the shutdown, fans quickly turned against the global publisher: Boltrend. The company’s history of poorly locating end-of-life games for quick cash has made Boltrend the ire of many mobile gamers. With the closure of Atelier, they showed no sign of change.
“Can’t spell Boltrend endlessly”, said one Reddit commenter† “Classic Bolt Trend,” said another. “So basically don’t touch anything that Boltrend puts out,” said another comment we picked.
With so much money spent on gacha games, each closing is a new incentive for the genre. If one day a huge gacha game like Genshin Impact closes, millions upon millions will just go down the drain. That happens every month with smaller titles.