Nintendo’s Next Mobile Game is Dragalia Lost, an Original RPG
It was revealed by Nintendo, that their next project for smartphones is Dragalia Lost, a role-playing game developed with its new partner Cygames. The game will launch this summer in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau.
Check out the official trailer (Japanese) of Dragalia Lost, featuring some gameplay footage:
“Dragalia Lost appears to be a more story-focused game than any of Nintendo’s previous mobile titles. The game’s website and trailer, above, are only in Japanese for now, but from what it seems, there are all the tropes that JRPGs have, like some warriors and magical creatures going after dragons and crystals and other magical creatures.
Cygames, a studio whose other popular titles include Japanese mobile hit Granblue Fantasy is working with Nintendo on this project. Nintendo is smart to shack up with a company like Cygames that’s found continued success with mobile RPGs.
The plan of Nintendo is that Dragalia Lost will be available this summer in the Asian market including Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao, with a subsequent launch in the United States and Europe. On the official website of the game (only available in Japanese and Chinese) pre-registration can be done in exchange for obtaining some crystals if the user’s objectives are met.
To demonstrate the commitment and degree of collaboration with Cygames, Nintendo has announced that it has acquired a 5% of the developer’s stocks. With this partnership the company does not move away from its great partner in the mobile adventure DeNA, which owns 24% of Cygames. This is the second time that Nintendo makes an investment of this type after acquiring 10% of DeNA.
Cygames, Inc. is a video game development studio established in 2011 by CyberAgent, a Japanese web services company. In 2012, DeNA purchased a 24% stake in Cygames. Shortly thereafter, the studio was chosen by Gamasutra as one of the top 10 game developers of the year.
In 2016, Cygames announced that it was developing Project Awakening, its first large-format title for consoles.
In 2017, Cygames founded its esports team, Cygames Beast, with Street Fighter players Daigo Umehara, Snake Eyez, and PR Balrog. Since July 2017, Cygames is an official sponsor of Juventus Football Club. In April 2018 in a partnership with Nintendo was announced to develop the game Dragalia Lost, for the purpose of facilitating the partnership Nintendo will obtain approximately 5 percent of Cygames’s issued stocks.”