Agree with Gamesindustry, the studio behind Arena of Valor or Call of Duty: Mobile will stop doing what it has been doing for several years to dedicate itself to AAA. The studio, which is owned by Tencent, will now have a new headquarters in Seattle and will retain its 25-person staff with no plans to expand further.
The report indicates that the titles they will dedicate to have not yet been determined, but their project will be large and clearly part of Tencent’s process of entering the western market after becoming the largest studio in the Asian market. It’s a smart move as Tencent has been looking to expand in the West and ultimately decided to take advantage of a studio that already belongs to it.
From mobiles to AAA
TiMi has more than 14 years making games mainly for China and focused on the mobile market. However, the success of Arena of Valor (Honor of Kings in the West), catapulted them in such a way that they got the license to publish Call of Duty on smartphones. Right now they are developing a MOBA for mobiles and Nintendo Switch about Pokémon, so their last years are crazy.
Now they have become a banner of Tencent in the West and this project is expected to attract a lot of attention. After all, Tencent almost infinite resources, so the following license should be at the height of Call of Duty and Pokémon. That is, according to GamesIndustry, it will be a shooter that will be considered as a game as a service.
Unsurprisingly, these are the most successful type of titles on the market if done right and Tencent most likely wants immediate results. In any case, it is not a game that is going to be released soon, so we have to wait for at least three years.