Bless Online Shutting Down In Japan In August

Jason Winter
Jason Winter June 5, 2019

After fewer than two years of live service, Bless Online will be shutting down in Japan. In a statement on the game's Japanese website (with help from Google Translate), developer Neowiz stated that "it did not meet the expectation" and that the dev team "decided to make a painful decision to end the service."

Bless Online launched in Japan under the umbrella of publisher GameOn through game portal Pmang on Nov. 2, 2017. Its last day of service will be Aug. 8, 2019. Its closure will represent the third region the game has shut down in, following Korea and Russia -- not to mention losing its publisher, Aeria Games, in the West.

As for the Western version of the game, published by Neowiz directly, it's tracking at just over 200 players online at any one time, which doesn't seem like a long-term recipe for success. The console-based Bless Unleashed in still in the works, but you'd have to be a wizard to figure out how it could succeed where Bless Online has failed in so many regions.

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Jason Winter
Jason Winter, News Editor
Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

Discussion (9)

scott grass 2 years ago
it sucks..what more need anyone say...buhbye...

Deathloche 2 years ago
what a shocker lol

asdf 2 years ago
Bless from na/eu got 200tops. Waiting for it to shut down also. After 3-4 years we shall see a reboot and say this time is better than the last time. People usually believe it.

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Corey Cananza 2 years ago
Not surprising

Manipulator 2 years ago
there's nothing to expect from the beginning anyway, I'm not going to put another game on pedestal but it is what it is


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