Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle

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Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle
Developer(s)Akatsuki Inc.
Publisher(s)Bandai Namco Entertainment
Producer(s)Toshitaka Tachibana[1]
SeriesDragon Ball
Platform(s)Android
iOS
Release
  • JP: January 30, 2015
(Android)
  • JP: February 19, 2015
(iOS)
  • WW: July 16, 2015
Mode(s)Single-player

Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle (Japanese: ドラゴンボールZ ドッカンバトル) is a free-to-play mobile game based on the Dragon Ball anime franchise. Developed by Akatsuki and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment, it was released in Japan for Android on January 30, 2015 and for iOS on February 19, 2015.[2] Dokkan Battle was eventually released worldwide for iOS and Android on July 16, 2015.[3] The game has exceeded 250 million downloads worldwide,[4] and has earned over $1 billion in worldwide revenue.[5]

Gameplay[edit]

The game includes elements of Board game, Collectible card game, and Puzzle genres. The main game is made up of levels that work similarly to board games, with spots dedicated to items, power-ups, traps, and fights. During the fights, the player's characters fight with an enemy via a puzzle system similar to match-3 games. Multiple orbs of different colors are placed between the player's character and the enemy, and the player can match different kind of orbs to do attacks or use other abilities. The characters with which to fight in game are unlocked via either in-game items or in-app purchases.[6][7]

Development and release[edit]

DualShockers had an interview with the game's producer Toshitaka Tachibana in July 2017, discussing the development and release of the game.[1]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic71/100[8]
Review score
PublicationScore
TouchArcade3/5 stars[6]

The game reached 15 million downloads within three months when it was released in Japan.[3] The game reached 100 million downloads worldwide in November 2016.[9] In April 2017, it topped the iPhone gross revenue chart in the United States, where it had close to 1.5 million downloads and grossed more than $26 million from nearly $18 average revenue per user.[10] By July 2017, the game had released in 50 countries, reaching number 1 on the App Store in 16 countries, reaching 200 million downloads worldwide.[9] As of August 2018, the game has exceeded 250 million downloads worldwide.[4]

In Japan, the game grossed at least ¥73.9 billion ($659 million) between 2017 and 2018, including ¥27.8 billion between January 2017 and October 3, 2017 (the year's fifth top-grossing mobile game),[11] and ¥46.1 billion in 2018 (again the year's fifth top-grossing mobile game).[12] In China, the game grossed ¥2.8 billion ($25 million) in 2017.[13] In the United States, the Google Play version grossed $6.18 million in November 2017, and was the month's seventh top-grossing Play Store app.[14] By July 2018, the game had amassed over $1 billion in worldwide revenue, including approximately $400 million from outside of Japan, and about $200 million in the United States.[5] In December 2018, the game grossed $46 million in worldwide monthly revenue, including $35 million in Japan,[15][16] and $11 million overseas.[17][18]

Gacha scandal[edit]

On November 14, 2017, a new character Kefla (ケフラ) was advertised to be added into the gacha (loot box) pool, but only a few players were able to draw her successfully. The majority failed to spot her presence in the list of possible drops. This led to suspicion that the developer intentionally manipulated her drop rate so most players would pour a lot of money to attempt drawing her in vain while sustaining the illusion that she was still in the gacha pool. Soon after the rumor went public, the developer halted the gacha function and denied user access to the list of gacha drops temporarily, explained the issue was an unintentional mistake.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle Interview -- Producer Talks Mobile Game Development and the Future of the Series". DualShockers. 28 July 2017. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle iOS/Android Game's English Video Streamed". Anime News Network. July 18, 2015. Retrieved January 10, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment: DRAGON BALL Z DOKKAN BATTLE, a Popular Smartphone Game with More Than 15 Million Downloads in Japan, Launches Western Countries". Business Wire. July 17, 2015. Retrieved January 10, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "「ドラゴンボールZ ドッカンバトル」が全世界で2億5000万DLを突破。堂本 剛さん出演の記念ムービーも公開に". 4Gamer.net (in Japanese). 2018-09-03.
  5. ^ a b "Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle Revenue Has Surpassed $1 Billion in Two Years". Sensor Tower. July 25, 2018. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Broder, Brittney (July 27, 2015). "'Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle' Review – A Fairly Tame Game, but Good Fan Service". TouchArcade. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  7. ^ "Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle Review – Bash the Dragon". Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  8. ^ "Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle for iPhone/iPad Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle with over 200 Million Downloads Worldwide!". Business Wire. July 28, 2017.
  10. ^ "In-game events and $18 ARPU: How Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle conquered the US top grossing charts". Pocket Gamer. April 25, 2017.
  11. ^ "課金売上トップは『モンスト』、勢いを増す『FGO』―『ファミ通モバイルゲーム白書2018』12月12日発売". Famitsu (in Japanese). December 8, 2017.
  12. ^ "2018年アプリ収益予測@Game-i". Game-i (in Japanese). Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  13. ^ "중국진출 일본게임 VS 일본진출 중국게임 실적 분석". Mobile Index (in Korean). 2018-06-07.
  14. ^ "Infographic: The Top 10 Grossing Android Apps in the U.S." Statista. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  15. ^ "ドラゴンボールZ ドッカンバトル - Revenue & Download estimates - Apple App Store - Japan". Sensor Tower. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  16. ^ "ドラゴンボールZ ドッカンバトル - Revenue & Download estimates - Google Play Store - Japan". Sensor Tower. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  17. ^ "DRAGON BALL Z DOKKAN BATTLE - Revenue & Download estimates - Apple App Store - US". Sensor Tower. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  18. ^ "DRAGON BALL Z DOKKAN BATTLE - Revenue & Download estimates - Google Play Store - US". Sensor Tower. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  19. ^ "「ドラゴンボール ドッカンバトル」ガシャ表示の不具合から提供割合操作疑惑へと発展 → 公式は疑惑を否定". Net Lab. 2017-11-15. Retrieved 2017-12-01.

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