In just the first few months of 2017, over 100 - yes, 100 - smartphone games in Japan have been terminated.
In fact, it's been recent that GungHo Online Entertainment announced that it was shutting down services of Emil Chronicle Online. This announcement caused Otapol to conduct an investigation on how many games have been terminated in the recent months.
In fact, here are just some of the games that have shuttered:
- Demons Gate
- Deadman's Cross
- Onimusha Soul
- Street Fighter Puzzle Spirits
- Makia x Dolls
- Road to Dragons
- Street Fighter Battle Combination
- Dragon Quest Monsters Wanted
- Tokyo Ghoul carnaval ∫ color
- One Piece: Adventure Log
- Justice Monsters V
What's also interesting was that, during the search for the terminated games, Otapol discovered that many of these games featured advertisements utilizing keywords such as "luxurious voice actors," "full-blown", "simple touch," and "dramatic." Many of the titles also only lasted roughly half a year since launch.
Of course, this doesn't mean that smartphone gaming is dead. Far from it. New games are popping up every day, and people just tend to grow tired of older smartphone titles.
Well, unless it's Candy Crush.