Microsoft Suddenly Closes Japanese Xbox Friends Service

on July 31, 2013 5:25 AM

Microsoft’s Japanese community site Xbox Friends has served for a long while as a meeting point and social network for ( the relatively few) Xbox 360 fans from the Archipelago of the raising sun.

Unfortunately all good things must come to an end (especially when commercial success isn’t exactly achieved) and today the site suddenly posted a notice advising users that it’s committing seppuku.

From today onward no further registrations will be accepted. The bulletin board will stop updating on August the 20th, and one month for now, on August the 31st, all services will cease for good.

No explanation has been given for the closure, besides the usual “thanks for understanding and for your patronage.” It’s certainly a sad day for Xbox in Japan, but has there ever been a happy one?

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.