One of China’s biggest games goes global with open-world RPG

Honor of Kings is one of the most popular mobile games in the world. It also has a funny story: when Tencent couldn’t convince Riot to create a mobile version of League of Legends, its subsidiary TiMi Studio Group created one of its own, Honor of Kings, which was later released in the West. under the name of Arena of Worth.

Arena of Worth flopped (which doesn’t matter too much in the long run, since Riot ultimately chose to take LoL mobile with Wild Rift), but it remains a hit monster in China: In November 2020, Tencent announced that Honor of Kings had reached an average of 100 million daily active users for the year on that date, and in September 2021, it became the highest grossing mobile game of all time with over $ 10 billion in lifetime spend per player since 2015, of which over $ 2 billion at during the first eight months of 2021 only.

Now Tencent is once again trying to present Honor of Kings to audiences around the world, but this time in a slightly different form: as an open-world action RPG called Honor of Kings: World. The world in question “is full of fascinating encounters, fantastic creatures and breathtaking landscapes,” says the editor.

“To uncover ancient secrets hidden in the whisper of the wind, cross paths with a diverse array of lovable characters, create your own story alongside living legends from different schools of thought at Jixia Academy or delve into the landscapes wonderful Chang ‘a city where magic and technology converge … “

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Honor of Kings: World

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Honor of Kings: World

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To me, the trailer makes Honor of Kings: World a bit like Monster Hunter, a game in which players travel to an uninhabited, wild continent to team up with others and use ridiculously oversized weapons to kill. or capture large, fierce, delightfully colorful beasts. The new game is developed in collaboration with the author of Three-Body Problem Liu cixin, and will be cross-platform, although no platform has yet been specified.

Hideo Kojima seems to be digging:

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There are no further details at this point, but for now there is a Facebook page you can follow along with it, although so far there isn’t much to see.

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