Dragalia Lost

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Dragalia Lost
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Developer(s)
Publisher(s)Nintendo
Director(s)Hiroki Matsuura
Platform(s)Android, iOS
ReleaseSeptember 27, 2018
Genre(s)Action role-playing
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Dragalia Lost[a] is an action role-playing game developed and published by Nintendo, in collaboration with Cygames, for Android and iOS. It was initially released in select regions on September 27, 2018. The game is a result between a partnership of Nintendo and Cygames to develop a new mobile game, the first game with another company after Nintendo's initial partnership with DeNA in 2015, which continued for other games.

Plot[edit]

The story takes place in Alberia, the kingdom where dragons live. All royal members in Alberia have the Dragon Transformation ability, where they can wield a dragon’s power by forming a pact with a dragon to borrow their form in battle. One day, a strange occurrence begins to happen in this kingdom. The Holy Shard protected by the capital starts to lose its power. In order to save his people, the Seventh Prince, who has not made a pact with a dragon, sets off on his Dragon Selection Trial.[1]

Gameplay[edit]

Dragalia Lost is an action role-playing game with touchscreen controls, where characters attack enemies with simple and magic attacks of different elements which can be weaker or stronger than other ones. Another method of attack is a special attack where the character transforms into a dragon and can greatly damage the enemy for a moment when they have sufficient energy that can be collected while playing or destroying statues of dragons. The characters also have their own classes, with attacking and healing types being the primary ones. While the game is fully playable as a single-player experience, it also supports up to four-player co-operative multiplayer.[2]

Development[edit]

Dragalia Lost is a collaborative development between Nintendo EPD, an internal division within Nintendo, and Cygames. It was a secret project within Cygames, with many of its employees being surprised upon learning of the collaboration, with Nintendo even buying 5% of their stock.[3] According to director Hiroki Matsuura, the game's main story comprises more than 600 thousand words in its original Japanese version due to the inclusion of character stories and sidequests, with around 100 more words for every post-release event.[4] The game was released in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, and the United States on September 27, 2018, with other regions to follow later.[5][6]

Music[edit]

The game's soundtrack comprises of songs from Daoko's discography and it's theme is "Owaranai Sekai de" ("In a Never-Ending World").[7][8]

On November 30th, 2018, in anticipation of the "Resplendent Refrain" event, Cygames released a preview of three new songs[9]. "Kaede", played on the event's menu, was written/performed by EVE[10]. The event's soundtrack is avalible on iTunes and Spotify.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic74/100[11]
Review score
PublicationScore
TouchArcade4.5/5 stars[12]

The game surpassed 300,000 registrations in Japan in its pre-registration period a month prior to release.[13] In its first two weeks, the game grossed $16 million.[14] In December 2018, the game grossed $50 million.[15]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Dragalia Lost (Japanese: ドラガリアロスト, Hepburn: Doragariarosuto)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wong, Alistar. "Dragalia Lost Takes Place In A World Where Royalty Can Transform Into Dragons". Siliconera. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  2. ^ Romano, Sal. "Dragalia Lost details, gameplay, trailer and screenshots". Gematsu. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  3. ^ Romano, Sal. "Nintendo and Cygames announce partnership for new smartphone action RPG Dragalia Lost". Gematsu. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  4. ^ Wong, Alistar. "Dragalia Lost Takes Place In A World Where Royalty Can Transform Into Dragons". Gematsu. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  5. ^ Romano, Sal. "Dragalia Lost launches September 27 in the U.S. and Japan, Direct broadcast set for August 29". Gematsu. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Dragalia Lost for iOS/Android - Nintendo Game Details". Nintendo. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  7. ^ "「終わらない世界で」先行配信&MV公開!". Daoko. Toy's Factory. 25 September 2018. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  8. ^ "アクションRPGアプリ「ドラガリアロスト」特集|DAOKOの曲だけで表現する新しいゲーム音楽の在り方 - 音楽ナタリー 特集・インタビュー". Natalie. Natasha. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  9. ^ https://youtube.com/watch?v=Cm6x7VcCiBs
  10. ^ http://eveofficial.com/info/news/939.html
  11. ^ "Dragalia Lost for iPhone/iPad Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  12. ^ Fretz, Andrew (1 October 2018). "'Dragalia Lost' Review: Nintendo Delivers Another Clean Take on an iOS Subgenre". TouchArcade. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  13. ^ "Dragalia Lost reaches 300,000 pre-registration". Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  14. ^ "Nintendo's Dragalia Lost Makes $16 Million in Two Weeks, Eclipsing Animal Crossing in the U.S. and Japan". Sensor Tower. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  15. ^ "Nintendo's Dragalia Lost Has Grossed $50 Million Since Launching in September". Sensor Tower. December 5, 2018.