Bandai Namco announced the closure of Tales of Luminaria, a mobile game based on the Tales series. Tales of Luminaria will shut down globally on July 19th at 19:00 PDT, according to a statement from the official website.
The game will not receive any more new episodes after the Final Episode is released with the Ver. 1.6.0 update in late May.
“We regret to announce that the service for Tales of Luminaria will be sunset on July 19, 2022, PDT. As the first completely original mobile title in the “Tales of” series, our sincere intent was to make this game fun and, by taking on various challenges, to bring “Tales of” to a wider audience around the world, not only Japan.”– The entire Tales of Luminaria Team
Some players were already expecting the inevitable. Even though it was on the market for just seven months, the game was lagging behind other popular Tales titles such as Tales of Crestoria (which was also closed in February 2022).
That’s too bad because Tales of Luminaria was right in the middle of their episodes, still, fans and players of the game will be able to play one more episode that’s going to be released at the end of this month before the game shuts down on July 19th.
Players are advised to spend their in-game currency and items before the servers go offline.
Tales of Luminaria Will Archive Some Elements of The Game
The developers also announced that they are willing to create a digital archive of the players’ costumes, graphics, and art, to try and conserve a part of the experience that the users had while adventuring through Luminaria’s universe.
Tales of Luminaria was announced for the first time in August 2021. The game was released worldwide in early November of the same year and only featured English voiceovers at launch. Bandai Namco eventually added Japanese voiceovers to the game in late March 2022.
Tales of Luminaria was based on the Tales series of JRPGs, which started in 1995 with Tales of Phantasia. The game featured 21 characters from various entries in the franchise, including Tales of Symphonia and Tales of Vesperia.
Tales of Luminaria has been met with generally positive reviews from critics, who praised its 3D graphics and combat system as well as its outstanding soundtrack but criticized its repetitive story missions.