Square Enix Shutting Down Final Fantasy XV Spin-Off Mobile Game in March

by Matthew Hayes

Square Enix promoted the hell out of Final Fantasy XV, and part of that promotion included some spin-off multimedia projects. It produced a six-part anime miniseries called Brotherhood, and that was pretty great. You can still watch the entire series for free on YouTube. There was also a feature-length CG films, Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, which was also fairly well received. You've probably heard of those. Something you may not have heard of, or maybe forgot about (like I did), was the spin-off mobile game called Justice Monsters V.

This was a free-to-play mobile game on iOS and Android that included in-app purchases (of course). It was styled like some kind of crazy pinball-meets-slots game of chance, and featured many iconic monsters from the Final Fantasy XV universe. It was utterly forgettable. I remember initially being quite excited about the game until I saw a few "Lets Play" videos, and then I figured I'd wait to see if it improved. Fast forward to present day, and Square Enix has just announced that it will be shutting down service for Justice Monsters V on March 27, 2017.

That's a six-month run in total, so I assume that the initial revenue earnings didn't quite live up to expectations, humble though they must have been. There was a Windows 10 version of the game originally planned, but we'll never that come to fruition.

If you're one of the few people actually playing this game, you may be wondering what will happen to the "Golden Orbs" that you've purchased. After all, in Square's announcement it claimed that it would stop selling Golden Orbs after February 27. Don't worry: Square Enix will be reimbursing players for unused Golden Orbs, and additional details on that refund are still to come.

Oh well! Final Fantasy XV itself did extremely well, and we're in for a lot of post-launch content, so we should be happy about that. Square Enix was a little overly ambitious with its promotion, but judging by the footage, I don't think it sunk too much money into Justice Monsters V. Everybody go back to playing Brave Exvius.

By Matthew Hayes

Matthew loves artistic games, RPG loot, all things Nintendo, and esoteric philosophy - if you want to buy him something for his birthday, that's all you need to know. In person, a meek dog-lover. Online, an overly competitive villain. Favorite games include Persona 4 Golden, Rainbow Six Siege, Dark Souls, Rhythm Heaven Megamix, and Jet Set Radio.