The Playism storefront - which focuses on Japanese releases - will be shutting down on March 24, 2021, with purchase history also expiring on May 10, 2021. It's important to note that this is just the storefront, and that they will still be distributing games and content through Steam and consoles such as the Nintendo Switch. Check out the full announcement below:
As of 13:00 on March 24th, 2021 (Wed.), features allowing for the purchase of games and content such as OSTs, etc. (“PLAYISM Store Functions”) on the PLAYISM official website will be terminated.
Additionally, the PLAYISM official website is scheduled to begin large-scale renovations from 13:00 on May 10th, 2021 (Mon.), from which time both the PLAYISM Store and the My Page feature (Registered Member Services) are scheduled to be terminated.
With the termination of the My Page feature, redownloading of previously purchased content and reacquisition of Steam keys will no longer be possible, so please be sure to properly make any necessary purchases and save any purchased content/post-purchase data/etc. as required before the above-listed dates.
On the bright side at least, if you have any "customer support inquiries" Playism will still be helping out their customers until May 17, 2021. If you want to contact them now or until May 17, be sure to use this contact form to get your questions answered.
Playism will also be updating their article for with a Q&A section and any schedule changes, so be sure to keep monitoring this page if you are interested to see what exactly will be going down as the shutdown date looms. For more information on Playism, Japanese gaming, and anything else that comes to mind, stay tuned to TechRaptor for more details.
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