While Tencent Games might be the biggest game publisher in China, sometimes even big overseas titles might not survive under its care. Following the closure of Monster Strike, Tencent Games today announced Puzzle & Dragons will be shutting down on 15th March. Monster Strike and Puzzle & Dragons both earns millions a day in Japan, but somehow the Chinese gamers are not taking the bait.
The closure notice did not mention the reason of the closure, only stating that the decision was made after communicating with developer Gungho. Mixi, the studio behind Monster Strike, has announced a few weeks back that it is trying to re-launch Monster Strike in China again in the near future. Perhaps due to design and localization issues, there aren’t many successful Japan-developed games in China.