Finally, Dragalia Lost, the project which marked the collaboration of Nintendo and Cygames and created turmoil with its full-on anime videos, is spreading its reach to the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand and other countries on all 4 main market continents. The announcement is spreading in the last 24-48 hours as this promise was made all the way back to autumn 2018, when the game was released for Japan, US, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau regions.
Now, all you got to do is check the App Store or Google Play and see if it’s available to you, if it wasn’t already. Since its release in September 2018, Dragalia Lost has had high success, both commercially and critically. If you haven’t played it, it’s an action RPG for iOS and Android, developed by Nintendo and Cygames. The game is free to play (FTP) and features both single and multiplayer modes.
It is a swipe-controller action RPG where the bond between humans and dragons is being explored as you venture through the fantasy world of Dragalia. The characters in the game are almost all voiced and the art department particularly got high praise from both critics and players. The music for the game was composed by DAOKO, which also added to its success.
Why was Dragalia Lost successful?
The app is free to download and play, with optional in-game purchases. The fact is that the game’s appearance and mechanics are so fresh, responsive, and impressive that it feels like an expensive premium game while asking no charge. This immediately sparked unanimous positive feedback. The game is easy to pick up and accessible, being 13+.
Google Play placed it with the 4.1-star rating after over 55 thousand people voted, while the App Store shows a 4.8-star rating from 49K votes. The game was initially available solely for iOS so this may have something to do with the overall better ratings in the App Store, as Dragalia Lost made it to top 100 Role Playing titles, ranked #100.
Nintendo opening doors for more co-developing projects?
Nintendo had a partnership with DeNa in 2015, which marked the first co-developing effort which continues today on other games. Now, Cygames has come to the fold as Nintendo seems to strengthen its lines on all platforms and fronts by bringing in allies.
This project with Cygames was a secret for quite a while, which surprised even some of the employees who worked on Dragalia Lost. After Nintendo’s hefty purchase of Cygames’ 5% stock, the secret was uncovered.
Nintendo Writing Stories Again
According to Hiroki Matsuura, the director, the story for Dragalia Lost had over 600,000 words, at least the Japanese version, and included separate stories for individual characters and sidequests. The art department on the videos did an incredible job and was highly praised, as was the soundtrack. The OST is comprised of DAOKO’s songs from his whole discography, while the main theme song is titled “Owaranai Sekai de”.
What are the results?
By December 2018, Dragalia Lost grossed $50Million in the regions it was initially released alone. It flew passed 300,000 registered players mark in Japan even before its release. The game earned $16M in its first two weeks after the release. Dragalia Lost was nominated at the D.I.C.E. Awards for the “Portable Game of the Year” award and it also scored high on main review sites such as the Metacritic (74/100) and TouchArcade (4.5 stars).