Kingdom Hearts Union Cross announces that it will shut down its servers on 30 May 2021. The game also has the Xehanort spin-off in Dark Road, which will be made playable offline. The notice is given as follows:
Hello, Keyblade wielders.
Thank you for playing KINGDOM HEARTS Union χ Dark Road. We have an important announcement regarding the future of this title.
The KINGDOM HEARTS Union χ story will conclude this Apr. Following this, KINGDOM HEARTS Union χ Dark Road will end service on May 30, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. (PDT) / May 31, 2021 1:00 (UTC). An offline version of this app will be made available so players can enjoy the entire story. KINGDOM HEARTS Union χ Dark Road will be playable offline and KINGDOM HEARTS Union χ will be available as a theater mode.
It is with a heavy heart that we make this announcement, and we sincerely apologize for the news. The entire KHUXDR team is deeply grateful for all the support and enthusiasm players have shared throughout the years, and we look forward to what the future holds.
There’s also a letter from director Tetsuya Nomura in the wake of Union X being shut down:
To our KINGDOM HEARTS fans,
Firstly, I’d like to thank you all very much for taking this journey with us for over 5 years. As previously announced, the final chapter of KINGDOM HEARTS Union X has been written and the story will be coming to a close.
The story for Dark Road will continue for a bit longer and can also be enjoyed in the offline version of the app, so you can enjoy that story at your own pace as well.
For me personally, I remember getting excited the first time I saw the game playing smoothly on a smartphone screen in 2D when Unchained X was first made into an app.
That was 6-7 years ago now, but the series has continued to evolve through multiple versions, beginning with the browser version X, which became the mobile version Unchained X, which in turn became Union X, leading to the start of Dark Road.
There are only a few months left but I would be happy if you stayed with us until the end.
I’d also love to see those who have yet to experience the game journey with us to its conclusion. The excitement and intensity of the remaining chapters is really going to ramp up, and I think you’ll all enjoy what we have planned.
I’m looking forward to the not so far-off day when I can meet you all again. You have our heartfelt gratitude for being a part of the KINGDOM HEARTS series. Thank you all very much.
Director of the KINGDOM HEARTS series
The Japanese version will be shutting down on 30 April 2021.