According to Namco Bandai Games, the free-to-play Tekken Revolution game will be shut down in the spring of 2017 following a backlash against the high prices of its “micro”transactions. The game was originally released on the Playstation 3 back in 2013, and had 29 fighters for players to choose from.
The announcement of the game’s closing was announced by an in-game message that pops up whenever someone logs into the game.
Tekken Revolution was met with mixed reviews from its release, with many people criticizing that it seemed like a watered-down version of Tekken Tag Tournament 2, along with its excessive microtransactions that gave credence to the “play to win” problem that many free to play games supposedly have, where players that buy a large number of microtransactions over people that play the game without making use of them.
Despite the middling reception the game was downloaded over two million times, and was at least given some praise in attempting to bring Tekken back to its arcade roots. However, with the game shutting down just three years after release, two million subscribers doesn’t appear to have been enough to keep the game running for much longer than that.
Free-to-play games are often shaky when it comes to their profits, mainly as microtransactions have decreased in popularity as their use among developers spread in what many saw as cheap attempts to gain additional revenue, including such infamous examples as EA’s Dungeon Keeper 2.
Tekken Revolution’s shutdown may also be in response to how closer Tekken 7 is getting to being released. With the game aimed to get released sometime next year, it’s possible that Bandai Namco Games (in addition to losing money on the game) don’t really want any competition between Tekken Revolution and Tekken 7.
Despite the announcement of its cancellation, Tekken Revolution still has several months to go before it’s shut down, so if you’re looking for a Tekken game to play, Tekken Revolution may provide you with at least a small amount of amusement.