The Games-as-a-service cemetery grew this week as Capcom's Puzzle Fighter reboot received on Friday an official "sunset" announcement. The iOS and Android port of the '90s jigsaw puzzle will be closed on Monday, April 23, and its servers will follow on July 31
Puzzle Fighter is thus destined to leave a growing graveyard of games entirely based on live server environments – and their players in the dust when the servers shut down. Puzzle Fighter s admittedly a little easier to appreciate, as it was introduced as a free-to-play product in a mobile market where one-time purchases of $ 5 or $ 10 are uncommon , This means that this situation does not sound quite as disgusting as the retail-priced models of Evolve and Battleborn .
Still, in addition to the toxic loot box-economic model – with specific character purchases that are time-limited – Capcom's game also went the disgusting way of accessing "photos, media and files" to operate (as opposed to siloing this type of system access for those who did not want to Puzzle Fighter to rummage around their files). Honestly, The Puzzle Fighter Mobile Updates and Optimizations seemed to be designed primarily to get players to collect as many extra characters as possible, as the game added "supporting characters" to the puzzle fight , With less unlocked characters, a player's support strategy options were much more limited, but they usually turned out to be a punishment for those who did not play the loot-box and micro-transaction rules.
The latest Just Pay-Once version of the series, Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix is currently available on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. It is unclear whether Xbox's backward compatible drive was specifically designed because of Capcom's plans to brake the newer Puzzle Fighter to newer consoles; It's also not clear if this 360 version is ever patched for operation on Xbox One consoles.