Nearly four months ago, the latest game in the [email protected] franchise, The [email protected] Shiny Colors, was released. But overseas fans were surprised on launch day to see that access from outside of Japan was being actively blocked – a stark departure from the franchise’s previous stance on overseas access. That being said, many fans were surprised once more last weekend as they discovered they were able to log without using a VPN, suggesting that the ban has been lifted without a formal announcement.
For those living in the US/Canada/Taiwan/Hong Kong/Korea, ShinyColors is now accessible! You do still need a Japanese bandainamco id/enza account tho.
— ShinyColors_ENG (@ShinyColors_ENG) 26 July 2018
An unofficial Shiny Colors English-language news account then tweeted out the news, and word quickly spread around the community. Many were frustrated at this seemingly counterintuitive move from Bandai Namco Entertainment at launch and were therefore dissuaded from engaging with the game. Hopefully, with this stealth unblocking, the game can flourish among western fans like many other of the [email protected] games.
However, it is worth noting that only some countries have had the block lifted from them, with the unofficial English news account reporting that the US, Canada, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Korea are able to access the game. I was only able to confirm access from the US and Korea by using a VPN, but the account has been trustworthy in the past.
Why only certain countries have had the IP block lifted from them is a mystery – particularly baffling is why no European countries have been allowed – but this is still a positive move from Bandai Namco towards addressing one of the biggest flaws of the new game from a Western perspective.
That being said, you’ll still need to use a Japanese IP to create an account on the Enza server, so even though returning users were able to log in, new users will still have to use a VPN. It’s not a perfect solution, but I’m still thankful that Bandai Namco has done something to address the situation. Those interested in playing The [email protected] Shiny Colors should be sure to check out the game’s official website.