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Devil’s Third

We found out this past summer that the servers for Devil’s Third would be taken offline. That day has finally come. If you try playing the game online, you’ll be greeted with the message above. It was fun while it lasted I suppose!

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Today, Polygon published a lengthy interview with Valhalla Game Studios head Tomonobu Itagaki. Much of the discussion centered around the ill-fated Wii U game Devil’s Third. He chatted about its origins and how it ended up on Wii U, Nintendo of America’s handling of the game, and the negative critical reception.

We’ve picked out notable excerpts from the interview below. Be sure to read the entire piece on Polygon here as well.

Update: Now officially confirmed for North America and Europe. Schedule:

Price Drop

– 9 AM PT (6/23)
– 12 PM ET (6/23)
– 12 AM CEST (6/24)

Golden Eggs

– 9 AM PT (6/27)
– 12 PM ET (6/27)
– 3 PM CEST (6/27)

Online multiplayer disconnected

– 8 PM PT (12/28)
– 11 PM ET (12/28)
– 5 AM CEST (12/29)


Despite having only launched a year ago, the online services for Devil’s Third will be coming to an end once 2016 draws to a close. Nintendo announced today that the game’s multiplayer is to be shut down on December 29 at 1 PM local time in Japan. Furthermore, players will no longer be able to purchase Golden Eggs – the game’s form of microtransactions – on June 27, also at 1 PM local time.

As part of today’s news, Nintendo will be reducing the price of Devil’s Third on the Japanese eShop from 7,236 yen to 3,618 yen. This will take effect starting on June 24 at 10 AM local time. There are no plans to remove Devil’s Third from the eShop as it will simply be a single-player game.

Now, while the news has only been announced for Japan thus far, it’d be very surprising if the online functionality for Devil’s Third remain online in the west. We’ll let you know if we receive any additional updates.

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Update 3: Bumped to the top again. Appears to be back at Amazon.


Update 2: Bumped to the top. Now in stock at GameStop.


Update: Now gone. That actually lasted longer than I thought it would!


Devil’s Third is a game that’s been pretty tough to find at retail for awhile now. If you’re looking to obtain a copy though, Amazon currently has the game available. It’s back-ordered, but stock should be arriving on February 14. We’ll see how long this lasts!

Additional information from the December NPD report has emerged. We have sales for two Wii U titles that debuted in North America, plus lifetime sales for a bunch of 3DS and Wii U titles.

Leaks from NPD reveal that Xenoblade Chronicles X sold over 200,000 copies in the United States last month. Devil’s Third, on the other hand, had sales over 3,000 units. Neither figure includes digital sales.

The same source has also come through with lifetime sales figures for a multitude of 3DS and Wii U titles. The lineup includes Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D (almost at 1 million), Yo-kai Watch, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, Splatoon, Yoshi’s Woolly World, Shovel Knight, and more. Head past the break for the full list.

Devil’s Third is the latest Nintendo-published game to be experiencing maintenance. In about 12 hours from now, all of the game’s network services will be down while this takes place.

The maintenance will be happening at the following times:

– 11 PM PT (Monday) – 2 AM PT (Monday)
– 2 AM ET (Tuesday) – 5 AM ET (Tuesday)
– 7 AM in the UK (Tuesday) – 10 AM in the UK (Tuesday)
– 8 AM in Europe (Tuesday) – 11 AM in Europe (Tuesday)

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It might be tough to track down a retail copy of Devil’s Third in North America. On Amazon, it’s already unavailable. Same thing goes for Best Buy.

The situation is similar at GameStop as well. We’ve been hearing that those looking for a copy in-store have had difficulty doing so. Destructoid has also heard that GameStop’s online stock consists of just 420 copies for the entire country.

Given all of this, you may want to pick up Devil’s Third soon if you have any interest. It’s in stock on GameStop’s website right now, but that could change soon.

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This Friday, Devil’s Third will finally be released in North America. Take a look at the launch trailer below.

Tomonobu Itagaki’s new title Devil’s Third, which is slated to come out in North America on December 11th on Wii U, is officially getting a multiplayer-only version for PC titled Devil’s Third Online. Though the game was mentioned through various rumors that it would be doing so a few months back, it’s now been made official via Nexon and Valhalla Game Studios.

The game, which is being tweaked and tailored to be most optimal for PC, is planned to be a free-to-start title. More information on Devil’s Third Online as well as further news from Nexon and Valhalla will be presented on November 12th through a NicoNico livestream.

Are you willing to try out Devil’s Third Online when it makes its way to PC? For those that are skeptical from the immense criticism Devil’s Third has received, maybe this will be a good way for people to try it out for themselves and potentially look into the Wii U version. The campaign seems to be what’s most lambasted, but the frenetic and arcade-like nature of the multiplayer seems to be where Devil’s Third shines most, even if that shine is only a glimmer to some.

 

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Amazon has posted the North American boxart for Devil’s Third. You can get a look at it above.

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