Dragalia Lost, the Less Horny Gacha from Nintendo, is Winding Down

Dragalia Lost, the Less Horny Gacha from Nintendo, is Winding Down

Dragalia Lost, the Nintendo published gacha, is shutting down. Or at least ongoing service for the game is ending at some undetermined point in the future. Technically that’s always been the case. Nothing lasts forever, but the development went and made a statement about it today. That’s… never a good sign.

“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.”

The shutdown process actually begins much sooner than that, however. As early as next week in fact. As of March 21, 2022 “the game will not receive any new content updates aside from those for the main campaign and certain quests.” Though old content and showcases will cycle in and out “until service has ended.” When service ends completely is currently the big mystery. They probably wouldn’t announce it if it wasn’t sooner rather than later, though.

We’d like to share information about the future of Dragalia Lost. After the main campaign has ended, service for the game itself will end at a later date. Please see the message linked below for more details, and thank you for playing #DragaliaLost.https://t.co/6fZpHIP7Im

— Dragalia Lost (@DragaliaLostApp) March 22, 2022

If you don’t remember Dragalia Lost, I don’t blame you. The gacha market is absolutely brutal. While the game is published by Nintendo, it’s actually developed by Cygames: makers of the much more popular Granblue Fantasy. It’s also not even the only gacha game with Nintendo backing. Fire Emblem Heroes, a somewhat hornier game where already-improperly-dressed-for-battle characters’ clothes explode if they take too much damage, appears to be going strong. Dragalia Lost was always just a smidgen more family friendly with its overall sexy JPEG. Though this probably did it no favors in a market all about selling sexy JPEGs. Especially not when games like Genshin Impact and Arknights have exploded onto the scene since Dragalia Lost‘s launch in 2018.

I quite liked what I played of Dragalia Lost (which was actually quite a lot) just the same. Ironically, it functioned as good training wheels for Granblue Fantasy, which better walks my desired line between “interesting and sexy character designs” and “cheesy, ridiculous cringe.” I’d probably put something like Fate/Grand Order in the latter category for me, personally, but what do I know? The game with the bikini made out of water balloons is hugely popular.

All of that being said, I will miss the game’s music. Dragalia Lost had some absolute bangers unique to specific events — which often played over the real-time battles and boss fights that made up the part where you actually play the game.

That game part was fine. Dragalia Lost itself was fine. I’m not sure I’ll lament its loss, exactly, but I’m sorry for any folks who stayed on the train all this time. Years have passed since I put any money into the JPEG mill. Long enough that the sunk cost has escaped into a memory hole where I don’t have to worry about it anymore. But I’m sure somebody out there is bummed.

Author: Deann Hawkins