Almost two years after its release, Fast & Furious Crossroads is about to leave the commercial circuit. Bandai Namco has announced that this decision will take effect at the end of next month. But do not necessarily believe that this withdrawal is explained by the lukewarm critical reception of the game.
When you look closely, the Fast & Furious film franchise has not given rise to a plethora of video game adaptations, even though the concept seems to lend itself very well to it: races that are not the most legal, stunts and explosions. But it must be said that with Need for Speed, Stuntman and Split/Second, even slipping a Ridge Racer Unbounded into the pile, there was already enough to do on consoles without having to scratch at Universal’s door. Pictures.
In the summer of 2020, as the world recovered from Fast & Furious: Hobbs and Shaw and waited Fast & Furious 9Bandai Namco had pulled out of its sleeve Fast & Furious Crossroads. The developer’s choice seemed to have been the right one, because the publisher had thus set its sights on the British from Slighty Mad Studios, previously at work on Need for Speed: Shift and Project CARS.
Withdrawal of Fast & Furious Crossroards: online modes will remain active, but until when?
What were the means and the time allocated to Slighty Mad Studios to give birth to Fast & Furious Crossroads ? Because the opinions given on its release appeared mixed. The graphics didn’t wow the crowds despite the rather varied missions. The character of Dominic Toretto played by Vin Diesel is also more of an extra than anything else, but the studio could probably not afford more.
Today, by going to the game’s official site, Bandai Namco tells us that Fast & Furious Crossroads will no longer be distributed as of Friday, April 29, 2022, 4:00 a.m. By adding :
“If you purchased the game digitally, it will remain in your library and can be re-downloaded in the future.
All DLC purchased before April 29, 2022 can still be used after this date. The game’s online modes will also remain active. »
We can obviously ask ourselves the question of the duration of this maintenance of the servers. Regarding the reason for the withdrawal from sale of the game, it may be a license that has expired and that the publisher may not have wished to renew.
Source: Fast & Furious Crossroads official website (via VGC)