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Caravan Stories: Magic Academy Will Close in June 2024

Aiming has announced that it will end its services for Caravan Stories: Magic Academy on June 14, 2024, at noon JST. The company has also immediately ceased all microtransactions for the mobile game’s premium gem currency. [Thanks, 4Gamer!]

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The mobile game, which is also known by its Japanese title KyaraSuto: Mahou Gakuen, is a spin-off of Aiming’s online fantasy RPG Caravan Stories. The mobile game’s story takes place eight years before the original title. Aiming launched Magic Academy on April 25, 2022, so the title had still yet to reach its second anniversary when the company announced its end of service.

Companies usually provide a reason for pulling the plug on live service games. Aiming also did so when it announced the Nintendo Switch version of Caravan Stories with the common reason of “difficulty in providing services that could satisfy players.”

However, Aiming did not provide any reasons when it announced Magic Academy‘s closure, so it puts the lifespan of the entire series—which had featured collaborations with Hololive and Oshi no Ko—into question.

The Japanese development team published a letter earlier on April 2, 2024, revealing that it had also announced the end of service for the Traditional Chinese version of the original Caravan Stories online RPG. However, the team also assured players in the Japanese version that the game will stay active through the Golden Week holidays.

Caravan Stories: Magic Academy is available on iOS and Android mobile devices in Japan until June 14, 2024.

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