Who could have thought that putting together the Dragon Quest first-person battle system with a match-three puzzle mechanic would turn into a money-making portable gaming franchise? A few fine folks from GungHo Online Entertainment did, and they’re getting paid absurdly for it.
The company announced (via Facebook and Japanese site) that its hit puzzle game Puzzle & Dragons has reached 30 million downloads worldwide. To celebrate this achievement, the company will be hosting a number of bonus weekly in-game events. First up, registered players will get a Magic Stone per day for ten straight days. The game will also have new monsters at the Pal Egg Machine, including the Light Sprite Pixie, Midnight Beast Werewolf, Beast of the Labyrinth Minotaur, Cockatrice, Centaur, Cyclops, Wicked lady and Baby Tamadra.
Other bonuses include appearances from GungHo’s own PS Vita RPG Ragnarok Odyssey ACE, in the form of special dungeons and rare monsters on April 1 (appropriate timing). The game has also scheduled special event dungeons; highlights include an Izanami Descends! event on March 30 and Hera-involved dungeons on April 2 and 3.
The game is modified temporarily so that players will get a higher chance for a ‘Great’ or ‘Super’ experience points gain, high skill up gain, King appearance rates for Metal and Jewel Dragons, high chance for drops for daily special dungeons and high coin drops for the weekend dungeons.
A special Godfest event, where players fight high-leveled enemies called Gods in a set period of time, will be held worldwide for players. Unfortunately, details are scarce at this point in time apart from the fact that players will face Odin and Archangel Metatron.
GungHo Online’s chest-pounding over its huge numbers isn’t unwarranted, as the company has been busy with slow expansions and mobile game tie-ins to keep itself rooted into the mobile gaming scene. The game still isn’t available on some Asian iTunes stores though, so we’ll have to contend ourselves with alternative titles Chain of Souls and Brave Frontier for now.