ForwardWorks announced that it will shut down the Japanese server of Arc the Lad R on June 30, 2021 at 15:00 JST. The mobile RPG, which launched in Japan in August 2018, will not make it through its third anniversary. [Thanks, 4Gamer.]
The mobile game studio also published the final update roadmap for Arc the Lad R in its remaining months. It plans to complete the main story by publishing Chapter 6-4 on April 30, 2021, Chapter 6-5 in late May 2021, and Chapter 6-6 in mid-June 2021. It will also hold reruns of the Outside Story events throughout May 2021 and the Mikazuchi events in June 2021.
The Japanese version of Arc the Lad R currently has an ongoing Special Fes Gacha that includes prior exclusive characters and costumes. The gacha period has been extended until June 29, 2021. However, ForwardWorks already disabled real money purchases with this announcement. After the Japanese server has closed, it will handle refunds of unused paid gems for 3 months until September 30, 2021.
Boltrend Games will publish an English localization of Arc the Lad R globally. It held a closed beta test in five countries in November 2020. Although it has yet to announce a full release date, the global publisher recently opened pre-registration on April 13, 2021. It still promoted the pre-registration as of April 21, 2021.
Arc the Lad R is available for Android and iOS mobile devices in Japan until June 30, 2021. The global English release will appear at a later date.