We got some huge news for Switch players straight out of Nintendo Direct today; Arena of Valor, the super popular MOBA that is slowly making its way to mobile, is coming to Switch in all its (free-to-play) glory. Arena of Valor (called Honor of Kings in Asia) has been dominating the charts in China to the point where it sparked debates over mobile game addition and was even penalized by the Chinese government. It was actually called a “poison" that’s ruining young people and was forced to put limits on daily playing times in an effort to help players under the age of 18 from becoming addicted. Soon afterwards, Honor of Kings launched in Europe under the name Arena of Valor, and we are patiently waiting for it to come to the US.
Throughout this whole thing, there was no word that Arena of Valor, a free-to-play MOBA, would come to Switch, but I’m certain Switch players are delighted to get such a fully-featured MOBA on their devices. According to the announcement today, the game will include all the modes (5v5, 3v3, 1v1) and heroes of the mobile game. The Arena of Valor beta will start this Winter, and it will be free to join. I’m glad to see Switch getting its first MOBA, and it’s a good sign of things to come. It will be interesting to see how the Switch’s battery handles Arena of Valor and how easy it will be to join this fully-multiplayer game. Go to minute 46:30 of the video above to hear more about the game.