It’s the end of Sonic Runners! In rather surprising news given the publisher’s exploration into the mobile space, SEGA has announced that the endless runner will be shutting down, only a year after it launched worldwide.
The Sonic Runners’ website states that the game’s servers will be shut down on July 27th at 9AM (UTC), seemingly worldwide. In the announcement, Sega thanks players for their support and hopes that the players enjoyed the journey as much as they did.
They also announced that before the date, that they will be ending Red Ring sales today on May 27th at 9AM (UTC). Any Red Rings bought prior will no longer be usable after the service closes on July 27th at 9AM (UTC) as well.
The game was launched initially back on February 25th, 2015 on iOS and Android phones in Japan and Canada, with a full worldwide launch later on July 25th, 2015. The game had a decent beginning during its initial release. However, things took a turn for the worse when the game fully launched worldwide.
SEGA has recently been a little bit downbeat on the game since its worldwide launch, noting its abject commercial failure during its last quarterly earnings call. It would seem that Sonic Runners was a somewhat wobbly experiment that didn’t quite make the cut.
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Via the Sonic Runners website.