by Erica Friedman

On January 28, Fans of the popular phone color-matching game, Sailor Moon Drops, based on the popular manga by Naoko Takeuchi, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, were greeted with a message from Bandai Namco Entertainment that read:

We regret to announce the closure of [Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: Sailor Moon Drops]. Thank you for all your support and we hope that you all enjoyed playing.

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We will be keeping the servers open until 3:00 UTC March 28th, 2019 so please continue to enjoy [Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: Sailor Moon Drops] until the very end.

All items can be used until the last day, so if you have any items or Gems in your account, please use them before 3:00 UTC March 28th, 2019. Also, from today, we are disabling the purchase of Gems. For more information, please check in-game announcements.”

Fan reaction was swift, hitting  up Twitter to express their pleasure. An online petition has, predictably, been launched on Change.org. The game was originally launched in 2015, with the English version launching in March 2016 to great praise.

There has been no comment from Bandai Namco why the game is being discontinued.