Rise of Mana… Falls

Remember Rise of Mana? It’s a free-to-play Mana game for Vita and phones in Japan. Or at least it was. On March 31, it’s shutting down. Square Enix Japan announced this via an image file while wondering how its business plan could have possibly failed. How? How could people with such brilliant ideas as posting images for news text not be in touch with what customers like?

mysteryThe company doesn’t rule out the possibility of bringing the game into some other form, but for now, the free-to-pay money isn’t rolling in the way they’d hoped.

Did anyone play this? I downloaded it, but it had a huge mandatory update right from the get-go, and my Vita memory card didn’t have enough space, so that was the end of that.