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The King of Fighters Allstar Will Shut Down in October 2024

Netmarble has announced that it will shut down The King of Fighters Allstar simultaneously worldwide at the end of October 2024. The mobile game will no longer be available in Japan on October 31, 2024, at 11 AM JST, and in the Americas on October 30, 2024, at 7 PM PDT / 10 PM EDT. [Thanks, 4Gamer.]

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The company launched the mobile game first in Japan in July 2018. It later released the game globally in English in October 2019. The King of Fighters Allstar will have a total lifespan of around six years and four months from its initial Japanese release.

The game’s development team published a note explaining the decision to shut down the online-exclusive title. It cited a difficulty in maintaining gameplay balance for the numerous characters available in the game, which include crossover characters from other franchises.

Netmarble had previously added many crossover characters from external titles like Street Fighter, Guilty Gear, Dead or Alive, and Gintama. It had even included real-world WWE wrestlers, such as John Cena and The Undertaker.

The King of Fighters Allstar is available worldwide on Android and iOS mobile devices until October 30 or 31, 2024, depending on the regions’ time zones.

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