Following an announcement in April, Nintendo’s next mobile game Dragalia Lost will officially launch on iOS and Android devices on September 27 in the United States, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau (via Engadget). The company tweeted the news late last night, also confirming that the mobile game will be getting a Nintendo Direct of its own later tonight at 8:30 p.m. PT.
In the reveal earlier in the year, Nintendo described Dragalia Lost as an “original action RPG,” co-developed by Nintendo and Japanese mobile developer Cygames. Otherwise, not much is known about the game besides that it will be an RPG, but we should know more tonight following the Nintendo Direct.
This marks one of the first times Nintendo has not partnered with DeNA on a mobile game, the developer behind its original string of smartphone apps including Miitomo, Super Mario Run, Fire Emblem Heroes, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, and the upcoming Mario Kart Tour. Nintendo decided to expand its roster of smartphone game developers after its partnership with DeNA “fell behind schedule.”
The two companies originally claimed that their first app would launch in 2015, and five more would debut by March 2017. Eventually, Miitomo launched in March 2016, Super Mario Run launched in December 2016, Fire Emblem Heroes launched in February 2017, and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp launched in November 2017. Besides Super Mario Run, every mobile game released by Nintendo and made by DeNA was delayed at some point.
This year, Nintendo’s new president Shuntaro Furukawa stated that mobile game apps will be what he “wants to expand the most,” and Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto said the company will “continue pushing” for its games to be offered at a singular, fixed price. So far, only Super Mario Run has seen an upfront price structure, running for $9.99 originally and $4.99 during a few select sales over the years.