Fresh off of the launch of Identity V, NetEase Games’ multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) Onmyoji Arena has launched globally, sort of. The new MOBA is available in most markets other than the United States and Canada on Android. The game is coming “soon” for American and Canadian Android gamers.
Based on the gacha game Onmyoji, Arena does a few things differently than most of the major Android MOBA games on the market right now. The first things players might notice is the game’s unique art style and setting which does away with a lot of the western fantasy elements and familiar hero types that are prominent in the majority of MOBA games. The game also features a 3 vs 3 vs 3 mode that adds a new twist to the genre and gives players a chance to formulate new strategies and play-styles to suite the unique mode.
The game’s core mode is still the standard 5 vs 5 arena that players are used to, but users also have access to a number of features that many mobile MOBAs don’t offer. That includes the ability to spectate matches to scout your competition or try and pick up on some advanced tactics, custom match types, and co-op against the AI. Players can also prepare their loadout before heading into the arena so that their chosen items are automatically acquired as they progress in each match.
Among the more controversial features of the game is the Shikigami (hero) summoning system. Players can acquire tickets that allow them to draw a random Shikigami, skin or other item. Players can still unlock characters and skins directly using other means, including premium and basic currency.
Onmyoji Arena is free and contains in app purchases. Here’s a trailer with a look at the game:
Interested? Check out the moba on Google Play.