Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier Is Shutting Down in January 2023, Barely a Year after Launch

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Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier, a free-to-play battle royale mobile game inspired by one of the RPG franchise’s most popular installments, will be shutting down on January 11, 2023. The game is barely a year old, having released for iOS and Android devices on November 17, 2021, following a closed beta test. Updates for Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier will continue to be delivered until the game’s expiration date, according to its developers.

  • End of Service Schedule
    • End of Service Announcement (This Notice)
      • 10/12/2022 (Wed.) 07:00 UTC
    • Shinra Credits Removed from Shop (Same Time as This Notice)
      • 10/12/2022 (Wed.) 07:00 UTC
      • *Shinra Credits in your possession can be used until service ends.
    • Support for Non-English Languages Ends
      • 11/1/2022 (Tue.) 02:00 UTC
      • *Text will be displayed in English after this time.
  • End of Service
    • 1/11/2023 (Wed.) 07:00 UTC
    • *We will continue to update in-game events until service ends.

From the official Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier website:

After almost a year of jumping around on chocobos, mashing it up in melee battles, and sniping from the rooftops of Midgar Undercity, it is with a heavy heart that we are announcing the end of service for FINAL FANTASY VII THE FIRST SOLDIER.

We will be ending service at 07:00 UTC on January 11, 2023.

Despite all our efforts to bring you regular updates with fresh and exciting content, we haven’t been able to deliver the experience that we were hoping to, and that you all deserve, so we have made the extremely tough decision to end service for FINAL FANTASY VII THE FIRST SOLDIER.

We would like to thank you all for supporting us over the past year.

Although there is only a little less than 3 months until service ends, we will continue to make updates during this time, so we hope you will continue to enjoy FINAL FANTASY VII THE FIRST SOLDIER until the very end.

Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier features five classes (i.e., Warrior, Sorcerer, Monk, Ranger, Ninja) and several memorable Final Fantasy VII locations, including Seventh Heaven and the Honeybee Inn. Players will also find many classic Final Fantasy elements in the world, such as rideable chocobos and powerful espers.

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