The world of the MMO is a notoriously difficult one to break, and it looks as though one of Sony’s attempts, The Tomorrow Children, is now closing its doors. Sony has announced that the free-to-play online title will be shutting down in Japan at the beginning of November.
This means that The Tomorrow Children, which was only released in October 2016 and as part of Sony’s 2016 PS4 holiday lineup, has had a very short time on the market, but it’s clear that the title has not achieved the goals set of it by Sony. Although an official statement has yet to be given for the Western releases of the game, Sony has confirmed that the servers for The Tomorrow Children will be decommissioned as of November 1, 2017, which will mean that the game will be unplayable.
As you have to be online to play this title, you will not be able to play the game at all after 1 November 2017. This means the title and any DLC become unplayable from 1 November 2017 and you will not be able to use any virtual currencies or consumables after that time.
Those aiming to play the PS4 game before it shutters its gates only have a short amount of time to get in on the action, too. The Tomorrow Children will be removed from the PlayStation Network on September 28, as well as taking away the ability to purchase the game’s in-app currency and content bundles.
Although The Tomorrow Children did not make a particularly large dent in the world of gaming, the game at least put forward an interesting concept, combining online multiplayer and base-building components with a rather unique art style. Unfortunately, that was not enough to keep interest in the game going.
In particular, the game’s critical reception was hardly the ringing endorsement that Sony would have been hoping for. Reviews of the game were mixed to say the least, and given that major criticisms revolved around the ease of breaking into the game’s concepts and questions over sticking power, the game was never likely to pick up enough long-term players to keep it around in such a fierce market.
It’s not the only time that Sony has struggled to push a community-focused online game, either, as seen with the difficulties and eventual closure of PlayStation Home. Whether this particular niche returns to the PlayStation lineup again, however, remains to be seen.
Source: Sony PlayStation