Bilibili continues to expand its multimedia empire with a new mobile game: Arterial Equipment: Fusion. It’s a gacha game with chibi-style sprites, “mech girls” as combat units, turn-based combat, and, from a look at the trailer, plenty of VFX effects.
Artery Gear: Fusion aesthetically resembles a combination of popular mobile games like Honkai Impact and Arknights. But the gameplay looks very different from the two. Probably the closest comparison is Epic Sevena turn-based mobile RPG from Smilegate.
Artery Gear will launch with five different classes of mech pilots. As for the plot, the player builds armies of mechanical forces, called Artery Gears (AGs for short), in order to defeat the forces of evil known as puppets. There will be over 100 AGs to choose from.
In gaming, Bilibili is probably best known as the Chinese publisher of Fate/Grand Order and Azur Lane. The company’s market niche in the gaming industry has always been mobile platforms.
But originally, Bilibili started as a video hosting website like YouTube. (Older folks like me will probably remember that the site was heavily inspired by Nico Nico Douga and, memorably, Hatsune Miku.) It later started producing original anime shows and even rolled out webcomics.
Bilibili has grown rapidly over the years, and it will be interesting to see how Bilibili grows in gaming.
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