In a move that I definitely didn’t see coming, Tencent announced today via today’s Nintendo Direct that its wildly popular MOBA Arena of Valor is headed to Nintendo Switch. The game, which is known as Honor of Kings in China, garnered over 50 million daily active users by the end of 2016, completely dominating the mobile market. Given that Nintendo had only sold around five million Switch consoles as of the end of June, it’s unlikely that it will see the same levels of success on the popular console, but it may very well carve out its own niche despite that. Ultimately, it will be interesting to see how the game does, as the MOBA genre as a whole has yet to gain a foothold in the console market.
I am, however, curious about how the game’s controls will be set up on Switch. It remains to be seen whether Tencent will offer Joy-Con controls or if users will be required to use the touch screen, as they are in the Switch version of Voez. It also remains to be seen whether the Switch version will support cross-platform play with the mobile versions of the game.
Arena of Valor is set to launch on Nintendo Switch sometime next year. A Beta version is set to be released “this winter.” You can find the announcement trailer that was part of today’s Nintendo Direct embedded below.
We’ll be sure to keep you updated as more details are unveiled.