Dragalia Lost will be shut down later this year, Nintendo has announced. Co-developed by Cygames, the minds behind the smash-hit gacha Granblue Fantasy, the action RPG was notable for being a brand new mobile-exclusive IP for Nintendo.
Ever since its launch in 2018, Dragalia Lost has been receiving a healthy dose of updates and maintained a dedicated fanbase, so this might come as a surprise to players.
Here's what Nintendo has to say about the closure, straight from the game's official site:
Thank you for playing the Dragalia Lost game.
This message serves to inform players about the future of the game.
The Dragalia Lost main campaign is scheduled to reach its conclusion in July of 2022 with part two of chapter 26, the final and climactic addition to its long-running story. After the main campaign has concluded, service for the game itself will come to a close at a later date. Further details on the end-of-service schedule will be provided in a future notification.
After the final set of new adventurers is added in a summon showcase scheduled for 31/03/2022 at 07:00, the game will not receive any new content updates aside from those for the main campaign and certain quests. Please note that summon showcases for existing adventurers and dragons, as well as event revivals, will continue to be made available until service has ended.
The Dragalia Lost team would like to thank each and every one of our players, past and present, for your love of and support for Dragalia Lost since its launch. It is our sincere hope that you have enjoyed your experience with the game from the moment you started playing it, and we will strive to ensure that you continue to do so for as long as time allows.
However, there is one bright spark of news: the story will at least be concluding - which is often a concern with mobile games closing. In July, part two of chapter 26 will drop, and services will end sometime after this. So avid fans will at least have time to experience this and get everything they can out of this.
At the end of this month, you'll also be able to roll for new heroes, as the final new characters will drop as part of a summon showcase. The team behind Dragalia Lost certainly wants to reward dedicated fans and give the game the send-off it deserves.
There's a reason the game has such a healthy fanbase too - in our review back in 2018, we said it was "a remarkably well-executed ARPG for mobile devices".
Are you a Dragalia Lost player? How do you feel about this news? Let us know in the comments.