TikTok maker ByteDance announced on Monday its biggest video game acquisition to date with Moonton Technology. Nuverse, which is part of ByteDance’s gaming subsidiaries, has acquired the Shanghai-based gaming studio.
Moonton is the maker of Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, which surpassed one billion downloads in November 2020. Founded by an ex-Tencent employee, it’s extremely famous in Southeast Asia for its multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA).
Sensor Tower says the game is so popular in the region that 44 percent of gamers have played the game in the first half of 2020. According to Reuters, the acquisition valued Moonton at US$ 4 billion. Although, CEO Yuan Jing has clarified that the studio will continue to operate independently.
It’s clear that ByteDance intends to take on Tencent, which already has a very diversified portfolio in game development. Tencent used to be PUBG Mobile‘s distribution partner in India, but the tie-up was called-off after India banned the game amid border disputes with China.
Interestingly, Tencent has sued Moonton’s CEO, Xu Zhenhua, for breaking a non-compete clause in his contract with his former employer. Adding to this, Tencent claims that Mobile Legends violated its intellectual property Honour of Kings and League of Legends. With the ByteDance acquisition, Moonton is no longer a small gaming studio that can find it challenging to go up against a big tech company like Tencent.
Gran Turismo 7 might get a PC port
According to the creator
Between last year’s Forza Horizon 5 and the upcoming Need for Speed Unbound, it’s a great time to be a racing gamer. Now, if you prefer playing on the PC, you’re likely getting another title to fuel your racing ambitions. According to the creator himself, Gran Turismo 7 might make a pitstop for PC.
Speaking to GTPlanet, Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi is “looking into” a PC port for the latest entry to the series. Released back in March, Gran Turismo 7 became the quintessential racing simulator for the PlayStation 5 (and the PlayStation 4, too).
That’s no surprise, though. If the “7” in the name of its latest entry hasn’t given it away, the Gran Turismo series has (usually) wowed gamers for years using the top-of-the-line hardware packed inside the most recent PlayStation console. It highlights and underlines the “simulator” in the car simulator genre.
However, amid all the hype, the series had a major flaw: You need a PlayStation. Now, as more former exclusives are making their way to the PC, the racing simulator might join in, adding another playable title for PC gamers. If the title makes the jump, it will join illustrious names like God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Days Gone, and Uncharted. In fact, more are likely on the way. Sony is now fine with exclusive titles making the jump.
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Genshin Impact v. 3.3 to arrive on December 7
First trading card game also announced
Version 3.3 of global gaming sensation Genshin Impact, called All Sense Clear, All Existence Void will finally be available on December 7.
There will be a new season of events, and two new playable allies in the powerful Wanderer and Faruzan to surprise players with more stories, fun, and challenges.
The trailer for version 3.3 may be viewed here:
Trading card game announced
On top of this, HoYoverse announced its first trading card game — Genius Invokation TCG. With it, players will soon be able to duel NPCs, friends, and others online.
This combines the fun of Genshin Impact’s element-based combat system with strategy development, as players compete against each other with their collection of cards.
More wins here equal more redeemable cards and Dynamic Skins from the Card Shop.
Wander in the Archon Quest interlude chapter
After being defeated in the Archon Quest main story, Scaramouche is now the Wanderer in the interlude chapter called Inversion of Genesis.
Here, players will head to Irminsul with the Wanderer to discover how the story unfolds. The character is playable as a five-star Anemo catalyst wielder, and can hover and attack in mid-air.
The other character, Faruzan, will be a four-star Anemo archer. She’s an ageless Akademiya genius in mechanics. The character also wields a bow as a weapon and supports teammates with Anemo DMG Bonus effects.
There will also be more challenges as the new seasonal special “Akitsu Kimodameshi” is set to arrive. Players will meet with Arataki Itto to master a series of “brick-breaker” mini-games.
Another special event, “Across the Wilderness” will require players to collect Wilderness Balloons.
Windtrace and Misty Dungeon shall likewise return with new updates.
Bardock backstory revealed in Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot DLC trailer
More from Goku’s father
The trailer for Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot’s upcoming DLC, “–Bardock- Alone Against Fate”, has been released by Bandai Namco.
The gameplay video features a first glimpse of Bardock in action in the game, as well as thrilling battles in the planet of Kanassa.
The scene also shows more details into the adventures of Goku’s father, who serves as a member of Frieza’s planetary invasion force. His journey to Planet Vegeta was also teased.
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is currently available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, with the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S versions to be released on January 12 and 13, 2023, respectively.
Speaking of which, pre-orders for the physical editions for PS5 and Xbox Series are now available here.
There will also be a Special Edition which comes with additional DLC episodes currently available on other platforms, including “New Power Awakens – Part 1 & Part 2” and “-Trunks- Warrior of Hope”.
Meanwhile, players who already own the game for previous consoles may upgrade for an additional fee to enjoy better graphics and smoother gameplay.
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