>>381575>AK and AL will remain niche as GF today..
Not really, Azur Lane was already "famous" in both China and Japan as "Chinese Kancolle".
Manjuu-Yongshi deserved success came since they made a casual f2p friendly and accessible game for all, instead of an only JP browser based game with awful mechanics. Thus why people migrated to azur lane in the first place (plus the cunny ara ara tsundere and whatever stereotype you can add).
Then Yostar came and made the game a global success in two years..
It's actually thanks to azur lane that Yostar is a big company as today and is developing and releasing different games.>Having a big company back you up sounds bad in the long run.
Depends of who is releasing the game, if we talk about Nexon and NC yes.
But in the case of Yostar, they built up a lot of positive feedback(far from perfect tho), so its not like the games will backflip from good to bad one day.
AK is actually popular since people link Yostar to "good devs/publisher" + even without yostar backing up HG and LL, ak would be famous but closed to China only. >Mica wants to grow...
They already grew and are growing a lot, those projects are indeed a state fact. What makes people wondering is their actual "indifference" to try push advertising on both JP and GL, they do make teasers but teasers alone dont help promoting things like collabs and such.
They do have the money really, its not like they're poor, since if they were YZ wouldn't reveal four games at once set in the same universe.
The problems are:
1)They didn't try pushing a "hard" marketing and got behind thanks to it, since in the Japan market the only rule is the one of the "strongest", automatically GFL1 got out of the game sooner than people expected.
2)Yaomeng vs Yuzhong eternal rivalry, that made the game suffering since YZ spent/is spending a lot of resources trying to reclaim a fucking name instead of just "whatever lets just leave Dolls Frontline, the difference isn't that big".