SEGA’s epic crossover mobile puzzle game, SEGA Heroes, is shutting down. The company made the surprise announcement earlier today via press release, citing an end to its partnership with US-based studio Demiurge as the reason for the closure.
The game launched in November 2018 and offered players a twist on the familiar gem-based match-three puzzle format. Teams of heroes from a swathe of SEGA’s long-standing history could be combined to face off against a range of opponents, with gem-busting resulting in characters performing various attacks and defence moves.
It was fun for what it was, and Demiurge reportedly planned a whole heap of post-release content for players to enjoy. But, fans had been suspecting something was up over the last few months, as previously-locked characters and items had their microtransactions removed and progression barriers lifted. It seems that their fears have finally turned out to be accurate.
“After five years of fruitful collaboration, SEGA and Demiurge have decided to take different paths,” SEGA’s statement reads. “In a common agreement, Demiurge is to assume full ownership of their studio. Regrettably, that means that we will have to discontinue SEGA Heroes.”
It’s assumed that whatever future plans Demiurge has as a wholly independent studio will require 100% of their focus, meaning that no headcount can be spared to continue work on SEGA’s mobile app.
The timeline of events will now go like this: today (April 16) in-app purchases will be deactivated and a bunch of content will be automatically unlocked.
Dremagen Boss Battles
Daily Rewards now grant lots of Gems
All VIP levels granted to all players
Taiga Saejima is available, completing the Yakuza Set
On May 21, the servers will be deactivated. SEGA Heroes will no longer function. Refunds are being offered for purchases made on or after March 17, so if you’ve fluttered some cash away on the app recently be sure to check out the SEGA Notice and find out how to apply for your money back.