One Piece Bon Bon Journey will be shut down by Bandai Namco in April 2022

The puzzle game will be shutting down on April 6, 2022

Bandai Namco has announced that its puzzle title One Piece Bon Bon Journey will be shut down at 07:00 UTC on April 6, 2022. This includes the Japanese and global versions of the game. Players who are still playing the game and have items in their inventory will be able to use them before the game shuts shop in April. Players will still be able to purchase in-game currency until March 7, 2022.

The developers of the game Bandai Namco have not revealed any specific details as to why the game is shutting down except for the notice. The game was first announced in 2019 and was released worldwide in March 2020.

One Piece Bon Bon Journey is a fun mobile puzzle game

Bon Bon Journey is a puzzle game of match-three where the objective is to swap Bonbons, which are icons of characters’ heads, in order to get three or more of the same Bonbon in a row. Those Bonbons then leave the grid and attack a group of enemy characters or in some cases a boss character. Levels are completed once all the enemies are defeated, and players earn treasure for defeating them. Bonbons’ levels increase from defeating enemies, and they can each use unique skills.

One piece bon bon journey shut down
Image via Bandai Namco

Various characters from the One Piece series appear. This includes Sanji, Luffy, Nami, and Zoro. The title featured stylized versions of these popular characters. Players can also customize their individual islands with various accessories. Like most free-to-play games the game follows the freemium model and it does have microtransactions in the form of paid currency.

One Piece Bon Bon Journey was nominated for the Japanese Google Play Users’ Choice Game of 2020 award. To celebrate the nomination, the game distributed 500 free gems to every player. Bandai Namco, the developers of hit games like Dragon Ball Legends and Gundam Breaker Mobile, has not revealed any details on why they are shutting down the game just after a few years. 

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