Looking to the future, a series of open world and strategy games have merged. The popularity of ACGN games depends on the overall market performance and the expectations of players. It is no exaggeration to say that compared with the increasingly sluggish gaming industry, the lively ACGN games almost carry the hope of the game circle.
In the global game market, the ACGN category of games has largely performed well. In the European and American markets, games such as “Genshin Impact”, “Tower of Fantasy” and “Goddess of Victory: Nikke” are the epitome of performance, which can set off a new round of ACGN category game trends in the world. Compared with the sluggish gaming industry, this category has almost become the industry’s hope.
Outstanding Performance at Home & Abroad
In April, Aether Gazer launched with the help of Azur Lane’s co-developers. As the first product to be released in the domestic market in 2022, this game topped the iOS free list and the App Store’s recommended list today for the first time. Plus, it shot all the way to #10 on the iOS bestseller list.
In contrast, “Path to Nowhere” has a better performance. According to official data, the game topped both the App Store’s overall chart and the free chart in August, and managed to reach No. 8 on the iOS bestseller list when it was first released. It is estimated that one month after the game was launched, the cumulative revenue in China has exceeded 200 million yuan.
Less than three months later, “Path to Nowhere” quickly launched a new version abroad. The game’s global pre-registration exceeded 2 million within a month. After the official launch, the game won the first place in the free charts of various countries, and finally ranked seventh in the Korean iOS best-selling list.
In addition to the games mentioned above, there are also various products developed by domestic companies that have brought tangible results abroad. For example, Tower of Fantasy tops the list of free downloads in the US, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan. According to Sensor Tower, the game’s estimated revenue in August was close to 300 million yuan. As a result, Tencent Games’ August mobile revenue rose 2% year-over-year; Perfect World’s mobile revenue rose 34%. Since its launch, the game has also been available in redfinger cloud phone. Players can easily play Tower of Fantasy with redfinger.
In November, “Goddess of Victory: Nikke” published by Level Infinite ranked No. 5 in the global App Store and Google Play mobile game downloads, and topped the App Store Korean bestseller list. Goddess of Victory: Nikke grossed more than $100 million in one month, according to Sensor Tower.
The ACGN genre, dominated by Tower of Fantasy and Goddess of Victory: Nikke, published by Level Infinite, had a huge impact on the global market. The public once believed that Tencent did not have a good understanding of the ACGN category of games in the past. Instead, it has transformed into a global publisher of games in the ACGN category and is doing well today.
Technology Graphic Quality Matter
Since 2022, ACGN category games have caused a great deal of heat in the world. Game players are more enthusiastic about ACGN category games. Many game publishers have launched excellent ACGN category game works, and even many games have exceeded their expectations in popularity. For example, Japan’s “Seven Burns Red” and “Memento Mori” have had a great impact in the local area.
Launched in Japan in February, Heaven Burns Red topped the local App Store’s free download chart and managed to break into the top 30 best-selling chart the next day. Meanwhile, the game brought in about $22 million in March, according to Sensor Tower.
Memento Mori, developed by Bank of Innovation, ranked No. 1 on the Japanese iOS free list, No. 4 on the best-seller list, and No. 10 on the Korean iOS best-seller list. By doing so, Innovate Bank’s share price has risen for five consecutive sessions. In just 6 days, Memento Mori’s cumulative revenue was 1.8 billion yen and it reached 1 million downloads.
In South Korea, in addition to the aforementioned Goddess of Victory: Nikke developed by Shift Up Studio, the open-world MMO Gran Saga recently launched a traditional Chinese version with excellent performance. This game was adopted by UE4 technology, and its quality assurance once topped the Korean iOS best-selling list, with a peak monthly traffic of nearly 150 million yuan and a cumulative revenue of nearly 1 billion yuan.
As mentioned earlier, MMO games can consume a lot of storage space in your smartphone. If gamers want to play more games in their phones, they need to boast higher specs than usual. In this context, virtual Android smartphones may be a better choice for users to solve these problems. Currently, various cloud phone platforms are provided in the industry, such as Redfinger Cloud Phone, LD Cloud Phone, Eclac Cloud Phone, etc.
Additionally, Korean startup Clover Games’ ACGN category game #Me was recognized in July. This UE-developed product has more than 2 million PVs on Youtube, and successfully achieved more than 1.5 million pre-registrations. After the official release, the game directly ranked fourth in the free list of the US App Store, and ranked first in the free app list.
Today, ACGN games seem to have undergone new changes: First, the creative techniques have changed, and new themes such as urban ghost stories have emerged; at the same time, the production process is also changing, such as “Heaven Burns Red” relies on the plot to win; even 2D graphics, The old gameplay of ” Memento Mori” can also use music and art to package a good game, achieving performance beyond expectations. This also means that technically emphasizing higher dimensional directions such as the open world is not the only solution for ACGN games. These changes have also brought new inspiration for the exploration and experimentation of more ACGN games in the future.