The Just Dance series has been a phenomenon since its debut in 2009. The franchise has seen various spinoffs (Kids, Disney, Michael Jackson Experience and The Black Eyed Peas Experience) and yearly iterations. While Ubisoft has released a new game every year, the company will be shutting down the servers from previous games in the franchise next month. On November 19th, Just Dance 2014 through Just Dance 2018 will no longer be playable online for Wii and Wii U. According to Ubisoft’s support staff, the shutdown is beneficial to player’s who are experiencing the latest video games.
We are constantly assessing what’s needed to deliver the best possible online services for Ubisoft’s customers. Shutting the services for some older games with smaller online audiences is a necessary part of this process, since it allows our IT and service staff to better focus on delivering great online experiences to the vast majority of customers who are playing newer, more popular titles. Still, we don’t take the decision to retire services for older Ubisoft games lightly, and we understand some of you may be disappointed by this news. We are happy to have fans that are as committed as you have been to these brands and titles, and we hope that you’ll find more recent or upcoming Ubisoft games which you can be equally as passionate about. Thank you for your understanding and your support.
The page goes on to say that solo play will still be available, but things like leaderboards will also be shut down. As someone who has been playing and buying Just Dance games since Just Dance 3, it’s bittersweet to see the online functions close. Just Dance 2019 features popular songs like Havana by Camila Cabello, No Tears Left To Cry by Ariana Grande, and Sugar by Maroon 5, among others. Fans of the franchise looking for new songs shouldn’t worry because Just Dance 2019 launches on October 23rd for Wii, Wii U, and Switch. Are you a fan of the Just Dance games? What are some of your favorite songs? Leave a comment below.