Liber Leisure simply introduced right now the service shutdown of I★Chu Étoile Stage (Japanese writing: アイ★チュウ Étoile Stage), an idol-raising cellular recreation. The service will formally finish on June thirtieth in Japan.
The sport launched on April 30, 2020, solely in Japan as a successor to I★CHU, a rhythm recreation launched in the summertime of 2015 in Japan. Its predecessor maintained an offline model however has been discontinued as of December 2020.
It was estimated that even in the course of the app’s 1 yr and a pair of months of service, the sport made minimal quantities in comparison with Liber’s hottest title, A3! (which we previewed).
The sport performed so much like A3! however tried to set itself aside by including new coaching regimens and distinctive tales for every character. As a substitute of a theater director, you’re a producer. As a substitute of a theater, you assist in a college. These are simply a number of the variations.
Not like A3!, nevertheless, it by no means made its manner westward. Whereas an anime adaptation was aired till just lately, the sport didn’t have any indicators of ever getting an abroad launch.
It’s exhausting to precisely say what may have brought about Liber to drag the plug on the sport, however I believe the low gross sales are a giant issue on this, for my part. Whereas A3! retains hitting the Prime 10 within the “directed for ladies (or josei-muke, as it’s identified in Japanese)” class, Étoile Stage barely made that.
In reality, on the time of this writing, A3!’s Japanese model, in line with Sport-i (A Japanese web site that focuses on measuring the income for Japanese cellular video games), has over 200 million yen in income simply this month. In distinction, throughout iChu’s service, the best quantity in a single month barely scratched the 30 million yen income.
Whereas 30 million can seem like some huge cash, it doesn’t even scratch the floor of the prices required to keep up servers and, particularly, to develop new content material for a free cellular recreation.
Nonetheless, I hope this doesn’t imply Liber will kill the iChu franchise. I’ve hopes that they could make it have a comeback down the road.