Square Enix has announced that it will be shutting down its digital collectible card game, Dragon Quest Rivals Ace, on July 5, 2021. The free-to-play game is shutting down on all of its platforms, including Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android. The PC version of the game was also available, but it shut down last June on Yahoo! Games Player just a couple of days before the platform itself went under.
Dragon Quest Rivals Ace shutting down in July 2021
According to the notification message, the team worked hard at providing a satisfactory service for the game, but in the end, it decided that it would be too difficult to continue providing the same level of service. Producer Tatsuhiro Futagi also shared a message thanking all of the fans for supporting the game. He reaffirmed in his message that the game would shut down due to the team’s inability to continue providing a good service. He also mentioned how difficult it is to continue a business surrounding competitive gaming. The plan was to keep Dragon Quest Rivals Ace going, but delays and other pandemic factors made it much more difficult.
Dragon Quest Rivals originally launched in November 2017 for mobile devices. It arrived for PC just a few months after in 2018. The idea behind the title was to have Square Enix’s own version of a digital collectible card game, much like Cygames’ Shadowverse and Blizzard’s Hearthstone. Square Enix rebranded the game to Dragon Quest Rivals Ace with new modes in August 2020.
The gameplay is pretty much a Shadowverse or a Hearthstone clone but with a Dragon Quest skin. Players get to select out of several party members from the series as their lead characters. The card battles consist of equipping items, summoning monsters, and casting spells (with the DQ spell casting sounds, of course). Furthermore, several popular characters from the series made their fully voiced debuts in Dragon Quest Rivals.
Check out the trailer below to get an idea of how the game plays:
Dragon Quest Rivals Ace is immediately available in Japan for the Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android devices.