An Honor of Kings Global Release Date


It’s official: an Honor of Kings global release is on the horizon. The mobile MOBA is one of the highest-grossing app games of all time, boasting tens of millions of active players in China alone. So it’s not hard to see why its western release is turning heads. It’s safe to say that 2022 is shaping up to be one of the biggest years in mobile gaming history. 

Honor of Kings is a MOBA that pits two teams of unique heroes with various specializations against one another in arena bouts. Three distinct game modes see teams of five, three or one face-off with the ability to battle AI or real world opponents. 

As astute app gamers may already be aware, this is something of a doubling down by publisher Tencent, who already rebranded and re-released Honor of Kings to western audiences under the name Arena of Valor in order to cater to a localized market. And Arena of Valor – which counts Colonel Sanders among its eclectic roster of heroes – has already earned substantial success and acclaim as one of the foremost mobile MOBAs on the market. 


Honor of Kings global release


But a Tweet from Level Infinite, who will be publishing the global release of Honor of Kings, has confirmed that the China-based original will also be releasing within the year. It’s a bold move from Tencent, who will now have what is essentially two of the same games available.

For now it is unclear what, if any, changes will be made to the original title. Mechanically and visually, both games are already pretty much identical. But one of the biggest differences is that of the heroes. Honor of Kings draws almost exclusively on Chinese folklore and legend (with some original characters thrown in for good measure), while Arena of Valor draws on western influences including myriad collaborations with other IPs.

One thing that is for certain, however, is that bringing Honor of Kings to a new audience will only stand to bolster its already vast esports presence. Judging by the release of closed betas – which are set to be announced next month – we can probably expect to see the Honor of Kings global release in late 2022. 

In the meantime, prospective players can get a good taste of what to expect by playing Arena of Valor via the App Store or Google Play.

Are you excited for the Honor of Kings global release?