While the launching of Clash of Titans is welcome news for old Arena of Valor gamers in the country, it is unlikely that their old accounts will be restored.
Clash of Titans, an Arena of Valor clone, is now available for pre-registration on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
“India’s first-ever smartphone MOBA game,” according to the game’s description. Unlike in Arena of Valor, where characters are referred to as heroes, in this game, they are referred to as Titans. One of the photos on the Google Play Store shows a map that looks exactly like Battlefield 4.0 in Arena of Valor.
Thane, an Arena of Valor character, is also featured on the game icon. Other characters from the game, such as Arthur, Paine, and Tel’Annan, can be found in Clash of Titans. The game will have two-finger controls and a large number of titans, skins, and events for gamers to enjoy.
Due to data privacy issues, Arena of Valor was banned in India in late 2020. Tencent appears to be re-entering the industry through another firm with Clash of Titans.
This is identical to what happened in India when PUBG Mobile was released. The owner of the PUBG IP, Krafton, stated in September 2020 that it was taking over all publication rights in the country after the game was banned. Battlegrounds Mobile India was re-released after Krafton established an India business and re-released the game (BGMI).
Tencent Games’ TiMi Studio created Arena of Valor, which is published by Level Infinite. Tencent has launched a new game publishing branch called Level Infinite.
Clash of Titans was published by Actoz SG, a Singapore-based subsidiary of Actoz Soft in South Korea. Shengqu Games, situated in China, has owned a controlling stake in Actoz Soft since 2004, according to the latter’s official website.
Shengqu Games and Tencent struck an agreement on November 29 that allows Shengqu Games to publish, promote, and run Tencent’s games on its platform. Clash of Titans, published by Actoz SG, appears to be the first of these. It will be interesting to see how closely Clash of Titans resembles Arena of Valor. Actoz SG, Actoz Soft, and Tencent have been contacted by Dot Esports for comment.
According to Shengqu Games’ official website, Tencent became a shareholder in the company in 2018. Shengqu Games was formerly known as Shanda Games until undergoing a rebranding in 2019 under new management.
Arena of Valor’s comeback under Clash of Titans will also allow India to compete in the Asian Games in 2022. Esports will be a medal event at next year’s Asiads, with Arena of Valor being one of the titles.
The announcement of Clash of Titans comes at a perfect time. In India, there are presently no significant MOBA games available. Last year, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang and Arena of Valor were both banned, and League of Legends: Wild Rift has yet to be launched. However, the newly released Pokémon Unite has proven to be a hit in the country.
While the launching of Clash of Titans is welcome news for old Arena of Valor gamers in the country, it is unlikely that their old accounts will be restored. Arena of Valor South Asia announced on Facebook on September 24, 2020, that it would be wiping all gaming data within 30 days.