With Tencent having secured the competitve MOBA scene in China with titles such as League of Legends, Smite and a couple of other self-develop titles, NetEase is playing the chasing game by announcing its 4th MOBA title, Wild Fire. It features a third-person camera view, similar to Smite.
NetEase is touting Wild Fire as “the world’s first 3D fast-pace MOBA”, and I am not sure if the no.2 games company in China is taking a shot at Smite. Currently sporting 2 modes (5 vs5, 3 vs 3), the development team claims a match will last around 15 to 20 minutes.
NetEase, as Blizzard’s China partner, will be launching Heroes of the Storm in due time. Having announced its own eSports platform, NetEase is still relatively quiet on the competitive gaming scene, with the initial burst seemingly slowed down. Closed Beta for Wild Fire is due early next year.