The maker of Shadowverse and Granblue Fantasy is teaming up with Nintendo for a new mobile RPG. Called Dragalia Lost, the Japanese-style action RPG will be a free-to-play game though likely loaded with Loot Box-style mechanics that will result in a financial windfall for Nintendo and developer Cygames.
The trailer doesn’t reveal many details about the game’s story. I assume from the title that someone called Dragalia is lost and a team of unlikely heroes will have to fight monsters along their journey to find this Dragalia. I guess.
Nintendo turned to Cygames to make this new title instead of retooling Zelda or Xenoblade for the mobile screen. The game reportedly use Cygame’s system that randomly unlocks characters and upgrades. It’s like loot boxes but not called loot boxes. This is how the game will make money as players are encouraged to pay to buy more unlocks.
As part of the deal, Nintendo is acquiring 5 percent of Cygrames. Nintendo also has a stake in mobile phone platform maker DeNA, which also holds 25 percent of Cygrames showing how Nintendo is slowing spreading throughout the mobile game world.