Just a few days ago, China-based publisher Nuverse and developer CMGE launched One Piece Fighting Path into the Open Beta phase for the domestic market. Nuverse is a new games brand under Bytedance, the parent company of TikTok, which will be used for its global games expansion as well. Of course, One Piece Fighting Path is an officially licensed mobile title which begins the journey right from the start of the One Piece story with Luffy venturing out to the seas.
While most features are pretty standard and also a lack of characters during Open Beta, you can notice that auto-combat is missing from almost all PVE and PVP battles. This function is only available in 1 PVE mode, which opens up only after an hour into the game. Even then, the auto-mode is clumsy and does not use skills in the right manner. This is certainly an eye-opener knowing how Chinese gamers want their games to be very automated to precision these days!
I have yet to unlock most of the features, but there are secrets hidden in the seas and towns as well. For example, you will meet the sea kings and treasures, and some houses on iconic islands will remain locked until unknown requirements are met. Secret quests perhaps? I do love the exploration in One Piece Fighting Path despite being an action game. Will Nuverse expand its global reach to gamers with this title? It remains to be seen, but One Piece Fighting Path does ooze class.