Nintendo today confirmed plans to shut down Dragalia Lost, the free-to-play action RPG built exclusively for mobile devices. The game will get its final campaign update in July before service ceases sometime later.
Dragalia Lost joins a growing list of mobile games that Nintendo has given up on. The Japanese firm closed down Dr. Mario World last year, and threw in the towel on Miitomo and Pokémon Rumble Rush before that.
Nintendo will shut down Dragalia Lost
Dragalia Lost made its debut on Android and iOS in September 2018. Despite mixed reviews at launch, the game enjoyed a lucrative start, earning $3.5 million during the first week and more than $100 million by June 2019.
Less than four years later, Nintendo has decided that Dragalia Lost is no longer worth its time. A statement published Tuesday on the game’s website confirms that its last update will come this year before service is stopped.
Enjoy the last update this July
“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,” the statement reads.
“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.”
Nintendo also confirmed that after the final set of new adventurers is added on March 31, “the game will not receive any new content updates aside from those for the main campaign and certain quests.”
So, it’s not yet clear when Dragalia Lost will shut down for good. Nintendo will surely give fans time to enjoy the final campaign update, so we would expect service to stop late this year or early next year at the earliest.
Game features will continue for now
In the meantime, a number of the game’s features — including summon showcases for existing adventurers and dragons, as well as event revivals — will continue to be made available until service stops, Nintendo said.
For now, Dragalia Lost continues to be available to download on both Android and iOS. However, if you’re not already playing the game, it seems a little pointless to get into it at this point.
Nintendo has been quick to kill mobile games that don’t meet its expectations. It’s not clear how many people are still playing Dragalia Lost — or how much money it’s making — but it’s obviously not enough.