Pokemon Masters EX players feared it might be canceled after Nintendo’s Axes Dragalia Lost

Nintendo’s cancellation of Dragalia Lost has some Pokemon fans worried that Masters EX and Cafe Remix could suffer a similar fate.

Originally launched in 2018, Dragalia lost was Nintendo’s first foray into the mobile gacha genre. Although it was a smash hit at first, the Japanese developer canceled the free-to-play mobile title after dwindling sales.

Players who invested thousands of dollars in the game were outraged by the sudden announcement. now Pokemon Masters EX and Cafe players fear these games could also be retired in the future, leaving all their paid content in limbo.

Dragalia Lost ad background screenshot.
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In a March announcement, Nintendo announced that they were dropping Dragalia Lost.

Pokémon fans are worried after Nintendo canceled Dragalia Lost

Nintendo made the surprise announcement on March 22 on Dragalia Lost’s official Twitter account. In the post, the developer stated that they were ending the mobile title.

“We would like to share information about the future of Dragalia Lost. After the end of the main campaign, service for the game itself will end at a later date. See the message linked below for more details and thanks for playing #DragaliaLost,” the tweet read.

Further details were clarified in a blog post listed on their website. “After adding the final set of new adventurers in a summoning showcase scheduled for 3/30/2022 at 11:00 p.m., the game will not receive any new content updates other than those for the main campaign and certain quests,” it said. The press release did not include a date when the service would be terminated.

Devastated by Nintendo’s decision, Dragalia Lost players took to social media to react to the announcement. Many of the reviews came from users who have spent hundreds or thousands of dollars on microtransactions now only to have their content lost in the future.

“I will stop investing in these games. They love to grab cash and then just leave the fandom with nothing. Nobody paid all that money to get characters to eventually lose them because it’s no longer profitable for you. You literally just rent art to people,” wrote one player.

Dragalia Lost player upset Nintendo canceled the game screenshot.

The cancellation of the mobile title also caught the attention of Pokémon fans who were worried about the future of Masters EX and Cafe Remix.

“Dragalia Lost died, next is Pokemon Masters?” one fan tweeted. Another wrote: “Dragalia Lost is closing. I imagine Pokémon Cafe Remix will suffer the same fate, and possibly Pokémon Masters too…”

Pokemon fans are worried about Pokemon Masters EX after Dragalia Lost was canceled via Nintendo screenshot.

insider Daniel Ahmad also responded to the news and addressed why Pokemon mobile games like Go presented a different situation.

“For reference, Pokemon Go has generated over $1.2 billion in 2021 alone. Nintendo recognizes the revenue from this game, but not in its aforementioned mobile and IP licensing segment, and the majority goes to Niantic and TPC,” he tweeted.

Industry insider Daniel Ahmad Twitter comments on the Pokemon Go earnings screenshot.

While it doesn’t seem like the fate of Dragalia Lost is likely to happen anytime soon with Pokemon mobile titles, it has at least sparked an interesting conversation about microtransactions in free-to-play games.

Some gamers are now realizing that the thousands of dollars they invest in GAAS (Games as a Service) may not be worth it since they never know when they might shut down. Pokemon Masters EX players feared it might be canceled after Nintendo’s Axes Dragalia Lost

Emma Bowman

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