Honor of Kings, one of the all-time best-selling mobile games, is getting a global release. Level Infinite announced today that Honor of Kings is coming to the rest of the world, and that invitations to a closed beta will be sent out soon.
Honor of Kings will be released worldwide
Honor of Kings is a 5v5 MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena), akin to Riot’s League of Legends and Valve’s DOTA 2. In Honor of Kings, players can choose characters from Chinese mythology to build their teams, and the game has extensive social features like chat integration that uses popular Chinese social apps like QQ and WeChat. It’s not known if these features will be available in the worldwide release of Honor of Kings or if it’ll be replaced with apps more entrenched in the Western market like Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp.
Do not be worried if you have a sense of déjà vu. There are no glitches in the matrix. Honor of Kings’ publisher, Tencent, has done this before with Arena of Valor, a westernized version of Honor of Kings, which was published in 2017.
Mobile games are the most popular form of gaming in the world. Games like Call of Duty Mobile, Candy Crush, and PUBG Mobile rake in billions of dollars annually. Even in markets like the United States and Europe, where there’s an unfortunate stigma attached to mobile gaming, it still dominates the gaming revenue and download charts with breakout hits like Genshin Impact and, more recently, Diablo Immortal. That Tencent and TiMi Studio Group want to expand their reach with Honor of Kings in a climate that seems almost inexhaustibly hungry for new mobile games makes perfect sense.
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