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Tencent’s Tower of Fantasy aims to rival Genshin Impact

New mobile open-world action RPG

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Tower of Fantasy

Upcoming open-world action RPG Tower of Fantasy (Level Infinite/Hotta Studio) is now open for pre-registration, with lots of rewards in store for users.

It is set for global release in Q3 2022 for PC and mobile. The title may now be added to Steam and Epic store wish lists.

The game’s developers will unlock different rewards for users as the number of pre-registered players increase.

The more people sign up for, the more luxurious the rewards issued at the launch will be. They are divided into the following tiers:

  • 500K players: Astra Frame X1, Black Nucleus X2, Wholegrain Bread X10, Gold X 2888
  • 1 million players: Limited Title X1, Black Nucleus X3, Fried Chicken X10, Weapon Battery III X4
  • 1.5 million players: Gold Nucleus X3, Avatar: Zeke X1, Sizzling Meat X10, Gold X3888
  • 2 million players: Jetpack Paint: Orion X1, Gold Nucleus X3, Crispy Grilled Fish X10, Weapon battery III X4
  • 2.5 million players: Outfit: Star Sand X1, Gold Nucleus X4, Nut Tea X10, Gold X6888.

Tower of Fantasy

Tower of Fantasy includes an in-depth character creation system and multiplayer Boss Battles. Users are allowed to explore the vast sci-fi themed world of Aida.

The open-world action RPG is set to rival Genshin Impact, which as of March 2022 has anywhere between one to three million monthly active users.

miHoYo’s successful video game garnered 23 million downloads within its opening week in 2020.

While this might be tough to replicate, such pre-launch gimmick boosts Tower of Fantasy’s anticipation for a generally positive and warm reception when it releases officially.

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Practically no one is playing Netflix’s games, report says

Despite being free to play

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Recently, Netflix gambled big on the future of its platform. Besides cutting a plethora of titles in production, the platform introduced a gallery of mobile games for all of its subscribers. As the gaming library grew, it acquired impressive titles from the best of the mobile gaming world. However, despite Netflix’s efforts, only less than one percent of the platform’s subscribers are playing the games.

In a new app study (via CNBC), Netflix’s games average only 1.7 million users daily. Overall, the games have been downloaded 23.3 million times.

Though not an insignificant number, the figure is a tiny, tiny portion of Netflix’s main user base. For reference, Netflix currently has around 221 million subscribers. That’s less than one percent of Netflix subscribers playing their games.

Netflix’s gaming strategy is an ongoing experiment. While the company has eyed the industry for a while now, Netflix is facing deeper gravitas with making sure every endeavor succeeds. As of late, the platform has bled for subscribers, new and old.

For the first time in a while, Netflix has lost subscribers, marking the rise in popularity of other streaming platforms. It isn’t the only shark in the lake. Hulu, Disney+, and HBO Max are creating compelling cases for a switch.

That said, if you still pay for a Netflix subscribers, the gaming library comes with the price of admission. Besides inspired titles from its properties like Stranger Things, the library also comes with heavy hitters like Spiritfarer.

SEE ALSO: Netflix’s The Gray Man is getting its own cinematic universe

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Accessories

Razer releases giant-sized gaming mouse mats in the Philippines

The Strider Chroma and Goliathus 3XL

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Strider Chroma

What’s better than a regular-sized gaming mouse pad? Giant-sized gaming mouse mats! In fact, two new ultra-sized gaming mouse mats from Razer, the Strider Chroma and Goliathus Chroma 3XL, are now both available in the Philippines.

The warp-and-water resistant Strider Chroma measures 900mm by 370mm and is 4mm thick. It is the world’s first hybrid soft/hard gaming mouse which come with 19 customizable lighting zones.

For an even larger mat that can cover an entire desk, the Goliathus Chroma 3XL measures a massive 1200mm by 550mm and is 3.5mm thick.

This soft mat is ideal for gamers who use lower DPI, or need to cover more ground while moving their mouse.

The two new accessories come with non-slip bases and are powered by Razer Chroma RGB to provide dynamic lighting effects while in-game.

The Strider Chroma is priced at PhP 8,490 while the Goliathus Chroma 3XL is available for PhP 6,990 via the Razer official website, Shopee, Lazada, and their authorized sellers nationwide.

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Steam will support Joy-Cons soon

Plus other Nintendo controllers

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For how much they cost, the Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Cons could certainly see more use outside of console exclusivity. Thankfully, developers are finding new ways to use controllers for other applications. If you want to get more use out of your Joy-Cons, Steam is working on compatibility for the Switch controllers.

In a new Steam beta test, Valve released support for Joy-Cons and other Nintendo controllers. As you can do with a Switch, players will soon be able to use either just one Joy-Con or both as a pair. However, since it’s in beta, individual games have not announced support specifically for the Joy-Con.

If anything, connecting the Joy-Con through Steam should be relatively easy. The gaming hub already offers plug-and-play support for most controllers available in the market. Of course, better support means that developers (and fans) can tailor settings depending on controller.

With the number of third-party games on the Switch, it’s believable that there are Switch players who are making first-time transitions to PC gaming. In that case, allowing Joy-Cons into PC gaming — albeit not the best controller for such — will prove a necessary jumping point.

Besides Steam, Apple is also working on support for the Switch controllers, adding new life to the tiny pair. As for Steam, however, Joy-Con support should officially come soon after the beta test.

SEE ALSO: iOS 16 will support Nintendo Joy-Cons

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