Immensely popular mobile MOBA (MOBAle?) Arena of Valor won’t just be ported to the Nintendo Switch. Instead, the game will look and feel different, with a host of graphical and balance upgrades to take advantage of the hardware.

The Switch version of the game will boast improved presentation, with better lighting and more ambient visual effects. Characters possess overhauled animations, meaning that Arena of Valor will look and feel better on Switch.

It’s not just presentation upgrades. The Nintendo Switch version plays on a controller rather than a touch interface. To this end, developer TiMi Studio Group and publisher Tencent Games will be altering the stats of heroes. The different control method also means that you won’t be able to play Arena of Valor cross-platform; it wouldn’t be fair if your friends had an advantage over you or vice versa. Tencent Games has apparently created two different development teams, each of which will handle a different version of the game. Basically, you don’t need to worry about your preferred version being neglected.

Arena of Valor is one of the most popular video games in the world. There are over 200 million players, and that excludes those in the US and Canada. This figure dwarfs games like Fortnite, which has around 125 million players, and Overwatch, which falls well short with only around 40 million. Those numbers are still pretty impressive, but they’re nothing next to Arena of Valor. Tencent, one of the biggest Chinese corporations, owns the game alongside League of Legends developer Riot Games and a huge swath of Chinese social media and entertainment companies.

If you’re hankering for some MOBA action on your Switch, then you can play Arena of Valor when it launches for Nintendo’s console this September. The game’s server will be global, so you can play with anyone from any region, and it won’t require Nintendo Switch Online to play.

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