The multiplayer servers for the Metroid Prime Federation Force Blast Ball demo is officially going offline on December 31, 11:59PM PST.
Outlets reported that the Blast Ball demo was always just a temporary application. Reports say that it should have shut down in September of this year. But that never happened and there was no word on whether or not the demo would stay online indefinitely. Well it looks like Nintendo just postponed the date to the end of the year.
The store page for the demo now has the following message:
Thank you for your continued support. The online multiplayer feature for the Metroid Prime: Federation Force Blast Ball demo will be discontinued at 12/31/2016 23:59, PST. The discontinuation of this demo feature will not impact the online multiplayer feature available in the full version of the game.
Metroid Prime Federation Force Demo Goes Offline
Metroid Prime Federation Force is a 3DS title that first came out in August of this year. It is a spin-off of the Metroid Prime franchise and has players take on the role of a Galactic Federation Marine instead of the iconic Samus.
The game came with a unique mode called Blast Ball. Blast Ball is a Rocket League-like game mode where two teams of three face off in a soccer match. The kicker of course is that each player is in their space marine mecha suits.
In order to promote the game, Nintendo released this game mode as a free to play demo months before the actual release. Many believed that they would eventually take it down soon after.
Post-release, those playing the demo could still play with those playing the full game, but it looks like Nintendo is putting a stop to that.
Note that the shutting down of the demo servers will not affect those playing the full game.