Chinese tech behemoth Tencent has opened up pre-registration for the North American launch of Arena of Valor (also known as Kings of Glory, Strike of Kings, and Honor of Kings). Arena of Valor is a 5 on 5 multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) title that was originally released in China in 2015. Since then it has become a huge hit, and has seen releases in Europe, South Korea, and other parts of the world. It features over 40 heroes, with the typical classes one might expect from a MOBA title (tank, mage, support, etc.).
Though a name not often heard outside of China, Tencent is one of the biggest tech companies in the world. They operate the microblogging platform Weibo, chat app WeChat, and a number of online games. Notably, they acquired Riot Games, the developers of League of Legends.
Update: Pre-registration has now opened up on the game’s official website, with rewards that include free Arena of Valor gems. Please note that this pre-registration campaign is only intended for users in the United States and Canada. Here are the rewards being offered and what you need to do to get them:
- Limited skin when you finish pre-registration
- Level 3 Arcana chest for inviting 5 friends to finish pre-registration
- 108 gems and a double experience when a total of 100,000 users pre-register
- Fennik 3 day trial and a rename card for following the @ArenaofValor messenger bot.
- A chance to win all heroes if you finish all of the other steps
When will Arena Valor be released in North America? Sometime in 2018, though there is no exact scheduled release date.
Arena of Valor is a free to play game that offers in app purchases. Here is an excerpt from the game’s Google Play description and an official trailer with more information:
– Classic 5v5 MOBA, Perfected for Mobile –
Traverse a classic three-lane arena filled with nooks and crannies between towers. Watch out for enemies lurking in the brush and uncover secrets that wait in the jungle. Intuitive controls specifically designed for mobile will have you racking up kills with ease and make you an MVP in no time!
– Fast Matchmaking & 10-Minute Matches –
Team up with players all around the world in an instant. Carve your way through jungles, lanes, and towers, draw first blood and destroy the enemy Core. Carry your team to victory in less than 10 minutes!
– Join Your Friends in Fierce Team Battles –
Enjoy fast-paced combat and forge alliances with players around the world. Interact with friends and guild buddies every day using real-time voice chat. Share the load, work together, and fight strategically. Team up with your friends in Tourney Mode and soon you’ll be able to create your own league. Arena of Valor is the new eSport for your mobile devices.
– Got What It Takes? Free to Play Forever –
In Arena of Valor, it’s all about skill. We strive to create the most riveting and balanced gameplay, so you can turn the tide of battle and vie for glory no matter the odds. Win or lose, every action counts!