Onmyoji – NetEase prepares top Asian mobile game for Western debut

[Facebook page] NetEase, the 2nd largest game company in China, is ready to take on the West with its anime-inspired mobile game, Onmyoji. The English version of the game is now in Limited Beta for iOS and Android devices. Onmyoji took Asia by storm by in the past year by topping the charts in China, Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan. Signup is only available in the United States and Canada, and it is unknown if the launch will be global.

Featuring stunning 3D graphics, strategic PvP battles, and customizable characters voiced by real anime legends, Onmyoji has over 200 million downloads worldwide (mainly from the countries mentioned above). In a nutshell, Onmyoji is a 3D Japanese anime-style mobile RPG with strategic, turn-based combat in PvP or PVE battles, where players can adventure solo or with friends and guildmates to become the ultimate Onmyoji.

Set in the mythical Heinan period where humans and spirits inhabit the same realm, the story follows the Onmyoji, a group of gifted individuals who are able to manipulate natural order and control spirits (or shikigami). These Onmyoji can read the stars, draw amulets and have the power to connect the two worlds, and even tame the spirits. They are willing to lay everything on the line to maintain peace and order between the two worlds.

Play as Abe no Seimei, the most famous Onmyoji in Japan history, in the quest to restore his lost memories. Collect amulets to summon powerful and rare shikigami, and form contracts to defeat demons and spirits in this story-rich adventure. Onmyoji is expected to launch this year for mobile devices, as well as on PC via Facebook Gameroom and Steam.

Core features of Onmyoji include:

Strategic PvP: Test your wits and take on real players worldwide in strategic, turn-based battles.

High Quality Graphics: Experience stunning 3D graphics featuring an authentic Japanese art style reminiscent of mangas and anime.

Unique Character Design: Summon one of hundreds of powerful spirits called “shikigami” to fight by your side, each with their own unique skills, skins and colorful backgrounds.

Team Customization: Customize your team and earn experience by taking on epic bosses to win rewards and become the ultimate Onmyoji.

Legendary Voice Talent: Immerse yourself with characters voiced by anime legends such as Rie Kugimiya (Full Metal Alchemist), Jun Fukuyama (Code Geass), Miyuki Sawashiro (Durarara!!), Tomokazu Sugita (Gintama), Yuki Kaji (Attack on Titan) and more!

Breathtaking Soundtrack: Enjoy a musical score written by legendary composer Shigeru Umebayashi whose work includes scores for House of Flying Daggers, Yumeji, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny.

Location Based Services (LBS) Networking: Interact and socialize with other adventurers nearby battle powerful Onmyoji in your neighborhood.

Real-Time Commentary: Chat with friends using the subtitle system which creates a chat room style experience where users can play through and react to the game together.