I’m pretty much done with Granblue Fantasy after like 5 years of playing it. It’s been well past the point of diminishing returns for progression for probably a few years for me, but just drawing for new characters has kept me going until now. How it works is, if you save up enough currency for 300 draws and use them all on the same banner, then you also get a free pick of whatever character you like from a set of limited powerful characters or the new characters on the banner (called a “spark” due to the in-game terminology related to this action). If you play consistently the game gives you enough currency for free to “spark” 3 or 4 times a year. So on a daily basis there is motivation to log in and do all of the events to save up so that you will have 300 draws ready at the times of year when they are most likely to have the best new characters available, usually new years, end of summer, and the game’s anniversary in spring. They further encourage this by giving away a lot of free draws during this time, so you really only need to save up 250 or even just 200 or so draws to make sure you can get to 300.
The game managed to kill my motivation to keep playing it by giving me too much free stuff, ironically. Over the summer they had a free lottery where one of the prizes was enough currency to do more than 300 draws easily. I got that prize! (It also created its own immediate backlash because the odds of getting a really good prize like I did were quite high, like 50%, but for the 50% who missed that the consolation prize was essentially useless. The extreme disparity made a lot of whales who didn’t get the good freebies quit very publicly.)
So I’m sitting on a pile of currency that’s twice as large as I’ve ever had, and suddenly now my motivation to log in to play on a daily basis isn’t so I can make sure to get to 300 draws and spark, but to try and get to 600 draws and spark… twice? Which isn’t much of a motivation at all. And with saving up for the gacha no longer providing any motivation to play, there’s just nothing left.
So I tried World Flipper but the presentation wasn’t doing much for me, and I ended up back with Dragalia Lost right in the middle of its anniversary and fistfulls of freebies. It’s kept my attention for a bit now even though the freebies are over, we will see how long it lasts.