NetEase Games announced Naraka: Bladepoint is coming to Xbox Series X|S and PC via Windows. The online action game releases June 23 and pre-orders begin today, June 12. Xbox Game Pass subscribers receive the game at no additional cost on launch day.
Read up on the full announcement below via NetEase Games:
NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES and HKEX: 9999, “NetEase” or the “Company”) and Xbox today announced that NARAKA: BLADEPOINT, an up to 60-player PVP mythical action combat game, will be launched on Xbox Series X|S, Windows PC and with Game Pass on June 23 and be available for pre-order beginning on June 12. The announcement was officially unveiled at the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase 2022 earlier today, marking a pivotal milestone for NetEase as it builds its position in the global console market.
Developed and published by NetEase, NARAKA: BLADEPOINT has been appreciated by over 10 million players worldwide since its release in last August, turning it into one of the best-selling PC games in 2021 globally. In this game, players can experience the excitement of melee combat and world exploration with their selected heroes and weapons, competing with other foes to be the last one standing. The launch of its console version represents the debut of NetEase’s games on the Xbox Series X|S and Game Pass, as well as the Company’s first time participating in the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase.
“We share the same ambition with Microsoft to bring appealing and exciting new gaming experiences to wider communities,” said Zhipeng Hu, Vice President of NetEase, Inc. “It’s a milestone step for us to bring this melee battle gameplay with Eastern aesthetics and philosophies to a new audience in Western markets, together with Microsoft, one of NetEase’s long-standing partners.”
“At Xbox, we are dedicated to bringing the joy of gaming to everyone on the planet,” said Sarah Bond, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President for Gaming Ecosystem Organization at Xbox. “We are excited to help NetEase bring the fast-paced and tactical PVP experience of NARAKA: BLADEPOINT to consoles for the first time and help them reach new players around the world with Game Pass members and Xbox fans alike.”
In 2016, NetEase entered into a license agreement with Mojang AB, a subsidiary of Microsoft, to operate Minecraft in China. Launching NARAKA: BLADEPOINT as a console game for the first time paves the way for future opportunities for both companies to reach new players around the world.
Naraka: Bladepoint is available now for PC via Steam.