NetEase Connect 2023 – Everything Revealed at the Event

Here is everything revealed at the Netease Connect 2023. From the new Harry Potter game to some exciting news about Naraka: Bladepoint.

NetEase is one of the biggest Video Game publishers in the world and just like every other year, they had their annual NetEase Connect 2023 as well on the 20th of May. Apart from giving updates on the upcoming and already unveiled games, NetEase also announced multiple brand new games that caught everyone’s attention.

Not only did the Video Game Giants reveal new games to their audience, but they also went ahead and revealed full-fledged studios as well which are now under the NetEase banner. The studios which were acquired by NetEase belonged to a huge name in the video game creation Industry and you’ll have to read on if you wanna know who it is but before that, here are the most exciting titles that were revealed in the event.

Most Exciting Games unveiled at NetEase Connect 2023

NetEase Games boast a vast array of Game Development studios such as Portkey Games, 24 Entertainment, and more under their belt and if we may be so bold, NetEase Connect might even be the biggest event related to Mobile Gaming and Mobile Games in 2023. And now, without further ado, here’s a list of the most exciting games unveiled at NetEase Connect 2023.

Harry Potter: Magic Awakened

Taking you into the Universe that was created decades ago by J.K. Rowling in the form of a book, Portkey Games announced in the form of an amazingly breathtaking trailer, Harry Potter: Magic Awakened. The game is set to follow a collectible card role-playing format and is said to be arriving on PC and Mobile in 2023 itself.

Artwork for Harry Potter Magic Awakened announced at NetEase Connect 2023
Poster for Harry Potter: Magic Awakened (Warner Bros. Studios)

The game will begin with the player receiving a letter from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry after which they will get to experience the full package of the Harry Potter Universe. Players will first get to customize their character and then embark on their journey to Hogwarts. They will purchase school supplies from Diagon Alley, get sorted into a house by the Sorting Hat, and even get to compete in the Dueling Club during their tenure at one of the best schools of Magic in the world.

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Be on the lookout for Harry Potter: Magic Awakened as it will be dropping sometime in 2023 after already becoming an immense success in China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan with over 50 million downloads in total.

Naraka Bladepoint

Naraka Bladepoint is a game that was released for PC back in August of 2021. After seeing the immense success of the game on the PC platform while having over 6 million copies sold in only a period of 90 days, NetEase decided to bring the success to a much smaller form factor by adapting the game for Mobile devices.

Naraka Bladepoint Mobile unveiled at NetEase Connect 2023
Naraka Bladepoint Artwork (24 Entertainment)

Naraka Bladepoint is a 60-player PvP Battle Royale game that allows players to choose amongst a plethora of mythical warriors who will then fight till the last one standing to declare the winner. As it was announced that the game will be coming to Mobile devices, NetEase also decided to debut new gameplay footage along with their latest hero, Takeda, a Samurai who has a demon living inside of him while also coming equipped with a katana and armor.

The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War

The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War brings to life the world of Middle Earth as made by one of the most legendary authors ever to walk this planet, J.R.R. Tolkien. The game not only gives you an exact replica map of Middle Earth but also brings to life the creatures that walk on it. Rise to War is set to be a geostrategic war game that will allow you to raise armies and slowly expand your area of influence until your ultimate goal to clinch the One Ring is fulfilled.

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LOTR Rise to War unveiled at NetEase Connect 2023
Poster for Lord of the Rings: Rise to War (NetEase Games)

The game builds around the player’s strategies and how the player wants to project further into the deeper territories of Middle Earth. The game will give full control to the player in terms of how they want to project their military power and where do they want to do so while at the same time keeping already acquired territories safe. You can join factions, to begin with, which can be either the free people or the evil people. The choice is completely up to the player so as to provide them an option to choose the kind of pace they want to play the game at.

Mission Zero

Mission Zero comes in as yet another newly unveiled game which is set to be a 2v4 competitive stealth-based game that will set the players into two categories – Invaders and Chasers. The game will allow a maximum of 6 players in a round with a maximum of 2 Chasers and 4 Invaders.

Mission Zero Promotional Artwork [Credits : NetEase Publishers]
Mission Zero Promotional Artwork

The game will also have specific characters who will all have different abilities in order to either chase out the invaders and catch them in the act, or for the invaders to be able to successfully escape after finishing their objectives in the round.

NetEase reveals plans for the New Studio

As we said in the introduction, there were also studies that NetEase had acquired whose announcements were made along with interviews of their CEOs. The Studios that NetEase has acquired are none other than Grasshopper Manufacture led by Goichi “Suda 51” Suda, the mastermind behind the “No More Heroes” video game franchise along with establishing the brand new Nagoshi Studio led by CEO Toshihiro Nagoshi who is the creator of the world famous ‘Yakuza’ series.

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In the interview, Suda made a comparison between the production quality of his Grasshopper studios before being acquired by NetEase and after being acquired and the transformation was not just huge, but majestic. Suda went on to appreciate the support he had been getting from NetEase and hopes to announce a new game by the end of 2023. Suda also went ahead and said that he’d want to start a second project soon focused more on the younger developers of the studio wherein they would get more control in the development narrative of the project just so he could see what the younger generation of his company had to offer.

Toshihiro Nagoshi
Toshihiro Nagoshi

Nagoshi on the other hand said that ever since starting his own studio, he had been learning a lot from the game developers from NetEase while sharing everything he knew about the game dev industry and how to steer around the waves. He also said that there were technologies that both he and NetEase had a prolific amount of experience in which the other didn’t and so, both he and the parent company of his studio had a lot to learn from the other.

With even more games also being announced such as the Mobile version of Dead by Daylight, Once be Human, Vikingard, among others, it is safe to say that NetEase is not going to have a shortage of games to release this year or the next. What remains is for everyone to get to actually play the exciting titles that have been announced.

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