Bandai Namco's free-to-play shooter Gundam Evolution only launched on Xbox back in December, but it's already planning to close down, with the company announcing November 29th, 2023 as its official departure date.
No specific reason has been given for the decision - Bandai Namco has simply "determined that it is no longer possible for us to provide a service that satisfies our players". Here's a bit more of the announcement:
"We wanted to create a title that brought FPS fans and Gundam fans together. We challenged ourselves to create an authentic Gundam FPS game that could be played globally. Unfortunately, we have determined that it is no longer possible for us to provide a service that satisfies our players.
We want to express our gratitude to everyone who has played the game and supported us to this point. At the same time, we would like to sincerely apologize to our fans and players."
If you look at the "Top Free Games" list on the Xbox Store, Gundam sits quite a long way down the list at present, suggesting it hasn't proved as popular on the platform as Bandai Namco would have hoped.
For those who do want to play some more of the game before November 2023, Season 6 is still being rolled out on August 23rd, and a final season will also arrive on October 25th. It's not the end just yet!
"Though GUNDAM EVOLUTION is coming to an end, updates will continue to roll out with Season 6 (adding a new unit and two maps) on August 23 (PDT) and the final season (adding a new unit and a map) on October 25 (PDT). We will do our best to ensure that our players can enjoy GUNDAM EVOLUTION to the fullest till the very end."