It might not be a household name in this part of the world, but Honor of Kings is a massive game in China - and it's coming to the Switch under the title Arena of Valor.
In July 2017, it was reported that Tencent's MOBA had 80 million daily active players and 200 million monthly active players - which gives you some idea why the upcoming Switch port is kind of a big deal.
The sound design for the game has been completely retooled by western studio Hexany Audio, and the guys there have been kind enough to supply us with an exclusive video which outlines the process of creating new music and sounds for a western audience.
Let us know if you're looking forward to playing this on your Switch by venturing into the arena that is the comments section. If you like what you've heard, you can download the Arena of Valor album here.
Depending on price, I may give this a shot. Played it for free on iOS. It was ok. Hard for me to get into games on mobile, regardless of quality. Willing to give it another chance on Switch.
S... When are we supposed to get it? I've heard nothing since the mention of the BETA (which didn't come) so I'm a bit irritated that this is all we've gotten.
A video about music without any musician playing an instrument ?!
Cool. When can we play it though?
@Supadav03 in its reveal trailer they said it's free to play
Should be free to play, I can't wait for this to be added...unless Fortnite beats them to the punch. Seriously it's a porting race. Reminds me a little about how Nintendo & SEGA used to compete. Good times.
It's basically League of Legends but designed for consoles. It's even owned by the same company who owns League of Legends. It should be good since I enjoyed League of Legends way too much a few years ago.
Er, why do western audiences need different music?
@tstindt90 well then I guess there is zero reason not to get this game.
Only thing about this is the MOBA market has really started to shrink, that genre has been going downhill. I used to play League religiously, but I've honestly moved on and hardly played it over the last year. Will be interesting to see if this does any good. Hopefully it's just microtransactions like league for skins and what not I might give it a try, but not sure how much I'll like a console MOBA.
When is this getting here?
I don't understand why anyone would love a F2P game by Tencent, the spyware arm of the Chinese government, and built for gatcha from the ground up. At least on Switch it's relatively benign. On PC/mobile you KNOW the whole point of it is spyware.
Now that the social scoring system is out there I'd be half tempted to assume the whole point of this is to track the Switch importers in China and report the unproductive future unpersons to the home office to have their social scores lowered for having played it.
@ThatNyteDaez The Beta was three months ago.
by the time this comes out people will forget mobas were ever a thing
@NEStalgia ...Are you... are you alright?
Not everything made by Chinese companies is spyware, just like things made by companies from other countries could be spyware, too. Remember that Korean company that collects user info without permissions? And Facebook, who sells users' data for profits? Edward Snowden exposed NSA for spying on American citizens years ago. We do not have privacy anymore no matter where we go and what we do. Sometimes, "privacy" is just a pathetic excuse for one government to discredit another government when both are unethical.
Btw, the social scoring system is very similar to the credit system in the U.S. It is based on how well you pay your bills, and if you have a good score, you enjoy the benefits of skipping deposits when you rent bikes/cars/apartments. The difference is you can check your scores in real time for free without credit karma lol. I've seen so many reports/news blew the whole thing out of proportion and demonized it. It is crazy considering we already implemented it way before they did. But when the Chinese do the same, it is always bad for humanity.
I'm not sure if you are joking or not... Although switch is huge in China atm, I don't think the government cares about how much you play it lol. Switch is popular, but it is not that popular. If what you concern does happen, then they should probably worry about cell phones first haha.
@RGnsd Oh, I never said the US was benevolent. I mostly see the US and Chinese governments as opposite sides of the same coin, with a distressing level of cooperation. It was a given that the same systems are applied to the US, only where China does it openly, the US does it clandestinely and hides it.
As for the social scoring system, it goes well beyond payment histories, however. It uses the ubiquitous facial recognition cameras, includes behavior (yes, watching television reduces your score, no doubt playing video games does (though I haven't seen that mentioned specifically, while volunteering for approved causes raises your score) It's a bit more insidious and analytical of your entire life than the credit system....that said I don't give a pass to the diabolical "person/unperson" status of even the credit system in the US either. And I assume the "social scoring" system as implemented in China is already implemented here in a more secretive way.
BUT, this is Tencent....I mean their own history, like Lenovo and Huawei aren't exactly stellar in terms of not being servants of the Party. If you want to throw Google and Facebook (and Amazon and Microsoft) into that same festering stink pool I'd more than happily join you in agreement. Big data, and big government(s) are unfortunately playing for the same team. But some companies, like Tencent, are certainly MVPs on that team
I have never played a MOBA. (I have to keep Googling what it means lol!) This looks very nice and I am tempted to jump in because playing a whole new genre for the first time is super exciting. Hope it reviews well
@SonOfVon Hope you're joking. MOBA was and still one of the most played genre in video game history. Look at WoW, LoL or even Dota 2, they are generating millions of dollars almost each month, and they are filled with new content on regular basis. If you still think it'll be forgotten, I don't know what else to say.
Tried it on my phone for a bit. It's impressive, but I definitely think it'll be an improved experience on the Switch. Will definitely try it out!
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