Today NetEase announced that their first mobile game to be released in the West, Speedy Ninja, is currently accepting signups for the Closed Beta. Android users interested in signing up for the Beta can do so here. Android users who have been accepted into the program will be, on April 8, 2015, among the very first to get their hands on the game prior to launch. Though the Beta will only be available to Android users through Google Play, it will arrive on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch this summer as well.
As players enjoy the Closed Beta, they will have an opportunity to influence final development decisions prior to the Western launch. Testers will also be awarded for their time, being able to earn premium in-game currency during the program and potentially accumulating even more rewards for the official launch.
David Ting, General Manager of NetEase North America, stated, “The Speedy Ninja closed Beta gives us the opportunity to directly interact with players and further culturalize our games before fully bringing them to the Western market. Our team is working to get feedback and leverage this opportunity to improve the quality of our products. We hope we’re creating an experience mobile gamers will enjoy.”
For those unaware, Speedy Ninja is a new twist on the endless runner genre, featuring an Asian calligraphy art style and competitive game mechanics. This acrobatic adventure, which is a sequel to the critically-acclaimed Ninja Must Die, features a robust leaderboard that gamers can climb as they complete daily missions. In addition, they have the ability to “control a colorful cast of characters, collect battle gear, and summon mystical monsters transcends the reflex-testing game into a pulse-racing, strategic challenge,” as the official press release states.
Here’s a new gameplay trailer for you to check out: