Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier Shut Down

Well that was a bit of a blunder, wasn't it? In its renewed efforts to milk everything Final Fantasy VII following the success of Final Fantasy VII Remake, Square Enix went full-on parody with the launch of Final Fantasy VII: The First Solider in November 2021 — a battle royale title exclusive to mobile devices.

Surprise surprise, the game is already on its last legs. The publisher has confirmed that The First Soldier will be shut down on the 11th January, 2023 — just over a year after its initial release.

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If Square Enix had decided to put this thing on other platforms, would it have done any better? It's hard to say. The general opinion seems to be that The First Solider was just okay at best, and, let's face it, it feels like the battle royale bubble has long since burst outside of firmly established games like Fortnite, Apex Legends, and Warzone.

Did you ever play The First Solider? Are you sad to see it go? Tell Square Enix you saw this one coming a mile away in the comments section below.