Wonderful news. Although I would like to better understand what will happen regarding Dark Road. Does this app shutting down mean Dark Road is also shutting down in April, or when they say "shutting down", do they actually just mean a restructuring of the app? I can't fathom DR's story coming to a close so quickly.
Regardless, I'm elated to finally see the end of this awful, awful game. I've never been coy about my distaste for this title. For me, it's bar none easily the worst thing that's ever been released under the Kingdom Hearts brand. Re: Coded looks like KH2 in comparison.
More than anything, I really hope that the speed with which they're bringing this thing to a close implies that the devs and higher-ups at Square have learned their lesson about telling stories through endless drip-feed and swindling their player base for every cent they can get. I don't know which aspect of this game was worse, the gameplay or the story. The gameplay was insidious and predatory, and on top of that not even a little bit fun, whereas the story was just atrocious to plod through and not really interesting. I think now that we're at the end, the whole story taken together has consisted of about 70% filler, which is unforgivable, even for a KH title. Of course, I could have forgiven a bit more if this story hadn't been so goddamn integral to KH3 and demanded so much from loyal fans. This game was a cancer on that title, and on the future of the series, and I'm glad it's finally being ripped out.
I am still interested to see what happens in Dark Road, though, because unlike Union X, DR actually seems to have an interesting and cohesive narrative to tell. But at the same time, its gameplay is even worse (a remarkable feat!) than UX, so I won't be too sad to see it go, either. I just hope they manage to wrap up the story in SOME satisfying way, or if not, might as well plan to remake it for a proper console.
Hopefully, this signals the end of the mobile gatcha era of Kingdom Hearts. A dark time it has been indeed. Now, hopefully, the series can return to its proper format of handheld titles interspersed between proper console entries. I know none of us liked having to hop between handheld consoles for this franchise back in the day, but I'll take that ANY DAY over another one of these horrendous story-relevant mobile titles.
So, UX, it's been way too long and not that fun. Good bye, and good riddance. May Nomura have mercy on you and remake you as an actually engaging console title in the future.