Embracer closes Square Enix mobile games without refund

Several Square Enix Montreal mobile titles will shut down in early 2023. Affected games include Deus Ex Go, Hitman Sniper: The Shadows, Space Invaders: Hidden Heroes, and Arena Battle Champions. The games will be unplayable on January 4.


The games will be permanently removed from Google Play and the Apple App Store on December 1, while in-game purchases will no longer be available today. What’s more infuriating about the announcement is that it looks like players who have paid for Deus Ex Go won’t be able to access it after the deadline.

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TheGamer has verified and at the time of writing Deus Ex Go is still available on the App Store and selling for £4.49. The game has an Editor’s Choice award and is a highly rated strategy puzzler. But according to its creators: “Current players will not be able to access the games after January 4th”. That’s right, it looks like a game that customers have paid money for will be deliberately rendered unplayable in just over a month.

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Embracer Group bought the rights to Deus Ex, Hitman and Tomb Raider from Square Enix earlier this year, and the conglomerate has decided to shut down some of the mobile titles based on those series. Those who have made in-game purchases should also not expect a refund. “We encourage prior in-game purchases to be redeemed by January 4, as they will not be refunded,” studio Onoma (formerly known as Square Enix Montreal) announced on its Twitter page.

Embracer renamed the studio to Onoma last month, but a few weeks later announced it would shut down the developer, with around 200 people affected. It’s currently unknown what will happen to the studio’s other titles such as Hitman Go, Lara Croft Go, and the original Hitman: Sniper.

It’s unclear why Embracer is doing this, but it’s known that the company isn’t that keen on mobile games. It shouldn’t be a matter of rights. According to the Games Reporter Jason SchreierEmbracer’s choice to shut down Onoma is due to the company’s pivot to focus solely on PC and console.

For those who want to play these games, be sure to get your sessions before January 4th. Then the only way to play will be to manually install a copy of the APK found online, but you wouldn’t be stealing a game, would you? ?

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