It's the end of an era for many fans of idol rhythm games, and of the popular Love Live! School Idol Project franchise, as the popular mobile game Love Live! School Idol Festival is shutting down.
The game for iOS and Android will shut its servers down for good both in Japan and in the west on March 31, 2023, giving fans only a couple of months to enjoy it. The game was originally released in April 2013 in Japan and in May 2014 globally, making it one of the longest-running and successful mobile titles ever released. The developer celebrated 53 million downloads in November 2022.
That being said, not everything is lost, because Bushiroad and KLabGames recently announced that a new game titled Love Live! School Idol Festival 2: Miracle Live! is in development and will be released globally as well as in Japan.
A release date has not been provided just yet, but we already know that μ’s, Aqours, Nijigasaki School Idol Club, and Liella! will be featured at launch, each with its own story content.
Due to the upcoming termination of services, microtransactions won't be available for purchase anymore starting today, but players will be able to use what they already have until March 31.
The developers are also making sure that part of the players' progress in the game will live on in the upcoming sequel. Specifically, the Album will transfer to the new game, while fans will also receive rewards in it according to their progress in the original Love Live! School Idol Festival.
Players will find a Game Data Transfer banner in the game starting on February 2, and they will have to use it to register their agreement to have their data moved on to Love Live! School Idol Festival 2: Miracle Live! Unfortunately, this feature won't be available in Europe for reasons that remain unexplained.