Bless Online Shutting Down in Japan

Bless Japan will be shutting down on August 8, 2019 after running continuously since November, 2017. Given the game's poor performance globally, this shouldn't be too surprising. The Western version seems to be losing players at a rapid clip and may soon join the Japanese version in the great MMO graveyard. The Neowiz global English version averages just 210 players online at any given time, down from 1,557 in November 2018 when it went free to play.

Official Announcement (Google Translated)

[Comment from the development source]
We started the service in Japan from November 2nd, 2017, and we made an effort to be able to reflect various opinions of everyone in Japan, but that it did not meet the expectation I feel a lot.

So far, we have been focusing on minimizing content updates and improving issues to provide a better playing environment . We have been working on improving the game
while conducting game evaluation within the development team and in close consultation with GameOn, but it is difficult to update at a level that will satisfy you in the current development situation. I made a decision.

As a result of careful consideration by the development team, it was very disappointing, but I decided to make a painful decision to end the service.

We sincerely apologize to everyone who has supported BLESS, from the bottom of our heart.

Further reading: Shut Down Announcement, Reddit Discussion