Keiji Inafune's Latest Mobile Game Will Shut Down After Less than a Year of Life

Keiji Inafune's Latest Mobile Game Will Shut Down After Less than a Year of Life

The former Mega Man producer's latest game, Dragon & Colonies, is going to dragon heaven.

Former Mega Man producer Keiji Inafune hasn't had much luck with his projects since leaving Capcom in 2010. His latest game, a Japan-only mobile game called Dragon & Colonies, is shutting down after less than a year on the App Store and Google Play.

Inafune started working on Dragon & Colonies shortly after his company, Comcept, was acquired by Level-5 in 2017. It launched in June 2019 and will shut down for good in February 2020. The reason for the shut down is summarized on the game's official page (thanks to Siliconera for the translation): simply put, Dragon & Colonies' development team weren't able to make a "continually satisfying" experience. The problem persisted even after Dragon & Colonies underwent major renovations last summer and re-emerged in October.

It's too bad Dragon & Colonies never really took off, because the concept is interesting. Players colonize and build up the faces of their own personal cube, then pit their civilization cubes against other players. The experience seemingly never came together, and initial complaints about the game targeted its lack of social features and scenarios.

An aside: the cubes used in Dragon & Colonies resemble Lament Configurations from Hellraiser. Honestly, I think a Cenobyte-battling anime gatcha game would do well on mobile. Inafune, drop me a line. We'll make this work.

It's unclear what Inafune has planned for his next project. 2016's Mighty No. 9 was supposed to be his spiritual successor to Mega Man, but it was blasted by critics following a troubled Kickstarter campaign. Red Ash, Inafune's follow-up to the beloved Mega Man Legends series, is probably never coming. 2016's ReCore failed to make much of an impression, and now Dragon & Colonies is destined for the chopping block.

Who knows what crazy twists 2020 will add to the ongoing Inafune drama serial? But seriously: anime Hellraiser torture cube game. It'll make millions.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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