NetEase Connect 2021 Summary
GameOn Magazine|Issue 141 - July 2021
Andrew tells us what happened at NetEase Connect 2021
Andrew Duncan

NetEase, the Chinese publisher behind a whole bunch of mobile games includingOnmyoji have had their first-ever (in English) worldwide NetEase Connect, and here’s what they talked about.

After half an hour of the same few trailers over and over, for Infinite Lagrange, Identity V, and LifeAfter, we were introduced to Daniel and Esra from IGN Japan. They started things off by talking up NetEase Games and how they liked some of NetEase’s licensed games. Eventually, thankfully, they kicked into the first trailer.

Unfortunately, it was Infinite Lagrange again. However, it was an expanded trailer compared to the one we’d just been watching on repeat. Nevertheless, it was still just a black & white cinematic, not showing off the gameplay itself. At least it had a different voice actor. It ended saying that it would release in 2021, though it is already available in Europe.

Daniel and Esra “bantered” a bit (it was painful to watch and completely inorganic) before talking about Onmyoji: The World. We were treated to a cinematic trailer for this RPG spin-off to Onmyoji, which sees you fighting yokai. It introduced us to some of the characters involved, rather than just a general world overview, as we saw marionetes attacking the king, which was fun!

Next up was Frostpunk: Mobile, a mobile entry to the Frostpunk franchise. Weirdly, other places call it Frostpunk: Rise of City, so I’m not 100% certain on the proper title. We heard from Luo Chao AKA Charles, the product manager for the game. He spoke about the snow technology which they have created, as a trailer showed some people moving through the deep snow clearing a path and the snow around a building melting. The game will see you making hard choices, such as who to save, as well as how to expand your city. Deploy workers, make laws, explore the world, save animals, and survive disasters such as tornadoes! Jakub Stokalski, of 11-bit studios the developer behind Frostpunk, then talked about how he’s happy to be working with NetEase but didn’t really go into anything more. No release date was given.

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