SEGA ending Rhythm Thief & The Paris Caper’s online services this September

Rhythm Thief & The Paris Caper
SEGA has quietly confirmed that it will be ending the online services for Rhythm Thief & the Paris Caper at 6 PM (UTC) on September 28th 2015. This game isn’t the 3DS version, its the iOS adaptation released under SEGA Networks back in 2013. The iOS page for the game has the following message:

“The game went live on October 28th in 2013, and we have constantly strived to deliver a fun and engaging experience. This decision came as a result of various circumstances beyond our control. Again, we would like to thank you for playing. July 28, 2015 – Last day of in-app purchase sales, September 30, 2016 – Last day of service”

Like most SEGA Network games, Rhythm Thief & the Paris Caper has always-on connectivity requirments without the ability to play offline. I would say that SEGA shutting down the online services basically means that this game is now unplayable… unless SEGA patches it to work offline.

[Via Siliconera]

SEGA Japan shutting down servers for Shiren the Wanderer DS & Wii

If you have the Japanese copies of Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer, Shiren the Wanderer DS 2, and Shiren the Wanderer 3 (released in America by Atlus as Shiren the Wanderer) then you might want to know that they will be going offline coming this November. The servers will be shut down on October 31st, SEGA announced today.

That means stuff like leaderboards, time attack rankings, item trading and the rescue system will not work in the games anymore (at least the Japanese versions). It is not confirmed how this will effect the other versions of the game.

Only the SEGA published Shiren the Wanderer games are going offline, so that means Shiren the Wanderer 4 will still be online for the world to play.

[Source: Siliconera]

UK Resistance closes its doors

[1996 – 2011]

UK Resistance was a comedy site started by SEGA fan Commander Zorg. The site has a long history and was one of the sites that influenced me to start my own SEGA blog. You know, tap away at keys and bore you all.

UK Resistance has really been all over the place for awhile, but started off as a SEGA news and reviews site. Goodbye UK Resistance, you shall be missed. Why did the site shut down? Check out the video. Announcement is a bit too close to April 1st for my liking, might be a prank.

[Source: UK:R]