It’s no surprise that Japanese users who play the hit smartphone game Fate/Grand Order spend a lot of cash just to complete an event or obtain the 5-star servant they want.
A survey posted by Appbank on Wednesday revealed that 982 of its respondents (20.6%) spent more than 200,000 yen ($1,837 USD) on micro-transactions last year. This is so far the highest spending bracket when it comes to the game. The next largest group of respondents were those who don’t really spend anything at all (13.3%). One respondent, however, answered that they have spent around 10 million yen ($91,831 USD) on microtransactions.
The survey also revealed the large amount of money that users spend to get a specific character in the game wherein 20.9% of the respondents said that they have spent over 50,000 yen ($459 USD), which is the highest spending bracket so far. The character Scáthach-Skaði is the highest which was then followed by BB in swimsuit form. Over a third of the people who attempted to obtain their most coveted servant (“whalers”) by spending a lot were unsuccessful.
Due to the amount of feedback that the surveyors received for 2018, they will be raising the figures of the choices for next year.
Since its release in 2015, Fate/Grand Order has been one of the most popular series in the Fate franchise. It has gained a couple of adaptations in the form of anime, manga, a stage play, and an arcade game. The game was also released in the United States and Canada in June 2017. The Japanese version of the game reached over 13 million downloads in May 2018 and 14 million as of August 2018.
The Arc 2 prologue was launched in the game’s Japanese version in late 2017, which was then followed with the first chapter released in April 2018.
In a recent interview by website 4Gamer, writer Kinoko Nasu said that the story of the popular smartphone game will end after Arc 2. The final chapter has already been written and has been approved by Aniplex.
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