Nintendo has recently announced that the online service for Pac-Man 99 will cease operations on October 8, 2023. As a result, players will no longer have the ability to engage in online matches against fellow players. However, they can still enjoy the game in offline mode and retain access to any DLC content they have acquired.
The reason behind the online service shutdown remains undisclosed. Speculation suggests that perhaps the game did not amass a sufficient number of active users to justify the expenses associated with maintaining the online service.
The end date schedule is as follows:
- August 8, 2023 (Tue) 8:00 AM PDT
Discontinued content: Paid custom themes
- September 8, 2023 (Fri) 8:00 AM PDT
Discontinued content: PAC-MAN 99 Deluxe Pack / PAC-MAN 99 Mode Unlock
- October 8, 2023 (Sun) 9:00 PM PDT
Discontinuation of online services for the main game/distribution of the main game and free custom themes
The game is free to play for all Nintendo Switch Online subscribers who own a Nintendo Switch.
Pac-Man 99, introduced in 2021 as a battle royale iteration of the beloved classic Pac-Man, garnered substantial commercial success. It received accolades for its captivating gameplay and the inclusion of an engaging online multiplayer mode.
While the termination of Pac-Man 99’s online service will undoubtedly disappoint many devoted fans, they can take solace in the fact that the game will still be accessible in offline mode, allowing them to relish the addictive experience it offers. Furthermore, players will retain the ability to utilize any DLC content they have previously acquired.