It seems that 6699 Co., Ltd. announced the end of the service of the mahjong game “Himejakuoni” on the first day of the official service start. The official service started on September 6, 2021, but the server will be closed on September 30, and the service is scheduled to end. According to the announcement, the reason for the termination of the service is “various circumstances”. The fact that the service ends at an unusual speed has become a hot topic on Twitter and other media.
“Himejakuoni” is a mahjong for browsers that is being distributed by 6699 Co., Ltd. As mahjong, there is a dan square where the rooms are divided according to the dan level, and a friend square where you can enter the room number and play against your friends. At the moment, mahjong with special rules such as three-player mahjong is not installed, and it seems that only the four-player mahjong Dongfeng battle can be played. Also, in this work, there are multiple female characters as avatars who hold tiles on behalf of the player. They can be obtained from so-called gacha-equivalent lottery, and a liking system for each character has also been introduced.
The beta test version of this work was launched in July 2020. After that, it was officially released on September 6, 2021, and the end of service was announced on the same day. The official release notification and service end notification time are the same at 0:00. The official service start and end announcements were literally the same.
As mentioned above, the reason for the termination of the service of this work has not been revealed. However, there seems to be some bugs in this work. In this work at the time of writing the article, you can play Dongfeng Battle through matching at Dan Square. The opponent is probably a bot, and although there are no options such as automatic completion or no squeal, a seemingly normal mahjong match will be developed.
The first thing many players will encounter is a bug on the winning screen. In the screenshot above, I went up with two ropes, but for some reason, Sanman is displayed as a winning tile on the screen. Also, in the form of the above image, peace should be established under the normal Mahjong rules. Peace is a role that is established when there is no Qi or Pong, all the faces are Junko, the sparrow head is other than the role, and the wait is both sides. The above image satisfies the condition. However, in this work, it is treated only as a dora for some reason. In short, in this work, at least there are parts where the rules are different from the widely played mahjong, and there are also display bugs.
Some of the things I encountered during play were the problem that the display position of the discarded tiles was shifted and the phenomenon that the winning screen was not displayed. In addition, although the author has not confirmed it, other strange phenomena have been reported on Twitter, such as the end of the game without a role and the lack of arrangements for bots.
In addition, this work, including the UI and background, is conspicuously made with the mahjong work “Mahjong Soul -Jantama-” currently being distributed for iOS / Android / browser in mind. Such similarities have also been pointed out by users. However, the operator is aware that it is “not functioning as mahjong”, and as a result, it is possible that the decision was made to end the service early.
“Himejakuoni” is distributed for browsers, and the server is scheduled to close on September 30th. As an apology for the end of the service, 100,000 gold coins and 5 million bronze coins have been distributed.