BTS World will be discontinuing its service at the end of December, becoming the second BTS game to become discontinued.
In a statement shared on BTS World’s official forum in English, Netmarble announced the conclusion of the game’s services. The game is also no longer downloadable from the Play Store or App Store.
Hello, this is the BTS WORLD MANAGER.
Thank you for your love and support for BTS WORLD.
This announcement is to inform you that BTS WORLD will be discontinuing its service starting Tuesday, December 26, 2023.
We really appreciate your love and support for the BTS WORLD,
and we will do our best to minimize your inconvenience until the end of the service day.
Please check below for more details about the service termination schedule.
■ Service Termination Schedule
1. Service Termination date : Tuesday, December 26 2023, 11:00
2. Game download and In-App Purchase/Advertisement block date : Tuesday, September 5 2023, 11:00 KST
※ Please be aware that once the app is deleted, it cannot be re-downloaded if the download is blocked.
※ You can play your game on devices that have already installed it until the service termination date.
※ An error pop-up will occur when trying to access the Purchase/Advertisement after blocked.
3. Official Forum Closing Date : Friday, March 29 2024, 11:00
※ You can’t use the official forum after shutting down.
Please make sure to personally save essential data before the closing date.
■ Notice about Facebook Account Linking/Log-in issue.
– Schedule : After blocking the Game Download (After Tuesday, September 5 2023, 11:00 KST)
– Detail : Facebook account linking/log-in will be denied
– Method to resolve : If it is currently linked ‘only with Facebook’, linking it with another SNS account.
– Method to link account: In-game Option → Account → Additionally linking with Google Play / email account
※ If it is difficult to access the game to receive a refund due to the effect of above issue,
please contact 1:1 customer service center for quick and accurate assistance.
We greatly appreciate the support and love shown by the Managers towards our game.
We will do our best to minimize the inconvenience of Managers until the end of the service.
— BTS World
BTS World has previously released its final chapter of the game, Chapter 22, on June 2, 2022. This meant that there would be no more updates to the game, and Netmarble even made the game a bit easier as a thank you to fans, increasing the drop-rate for 5-star cards and providing more gems to players. They also opened up the DNA store and made it so every card was available to purchase, not just a select few.
Fans are asking for NetMarble to release an archive of the content BTS filmed and recorded specifically for the game, as many users have not yet completed the game.
Does a content archive exist? It’s upsetting to think about how much will be lost—from the card photos, to the storylines most people never got to play to :/
— 🦈 ✵⁷ (@remedyinamelody) September 5, 2023
i thought even without any updates I could still open the game for a long time😭😭😭 man. do you know how many content is in this game…. I hope someone made an archive…. https://t.co/hNAOIcXqs2 pic.twitter.com/QhFiNEIPwA
— bangtan's partner (ꪜ)⁷ (@fated0613) September 5, 2023
Thankfully, there is still nearly four months for ARMY to continue playing the game. Back in June 2020, SuperStar BTS ended its service after being widely downloaded and lauded for its play style and card-collecting system.