It has been confirmed that Pokemon Rumble Rush Shutdown will cease service on July 22nd 2020 at 01:59 UTC meaning it’ll no longer be able to be downloaded, update or played. Alongside this, as of today, you will now longer be able to purchase any Poké Diamonds and there will be a refund for unused Diamonds starting July 22nd. With this, they have put out the plans until then.
The Pokemon Company has confirmed that Pokemon Rumble Rush shutdown on July 22. Players are no longer able to purchase the game’s microtransactions, and any unused diamonds will be refunded, though details on how exactly that will work have yet to be revealed.
Pokémon Rumble Rush hasn’t even been available in the US for a year yet (since it was originally released in the West in May 2019), and The Pokémon Company has already announced that it will close the game on July 22nd, 2020. Pokémon Rumble Rush clearly had issues during development, which is why it was originally known as Pokéland back in 2017, promptly falling off the map until 2019 when it reappeared under the new name, but was still under development. Once Pokémon Rumble Rush was officially launched across the globe in May 2019, it was clear the title was released as a cash grab to soak up money before the developer completely abandoned it, which we now know will take place this July.
Thanks to a report on Serebii, we have learned that Pokémon Rumble Rush will cease service on July 22nd, 2020, at 01:59 UTC, and as of today Poké Diamonds (the title’s premium currency) will no longer be available for purchase. Refunds for this currency will be available until July 22nd, the day of closure, so if you still have a few Diamonds lying around, it’s probably best that you either use them now or start the refund process.
As you can see, Pokémon Rumble Rush isn’t long for this world, and despite the fact that this was clear last year when the game was released, I suppose it’s still a bummer for the fans of this title to learn all of their hard work has been pointless. While I recognize this is the sort of situation where platitudes like “the journey matters more than the destination” are relevant, it’s still hard to shake the idea that The Pokémon Company planned to cut this game’s life short the second it wasn’t profitable.
Even though support is ending for Pokemon Rumble Rush, it doesn’t mean that the Pokemon Rumble sub-series will never return. There have been multiple Pokemon Rumble games over the years, and perhaps one could come out for the Nintendo Switch at some point down the line.