Arrowiz Closes Multi-million Series A Investment Led by Tencent to Fuel Its Global Ambition!
8 July 2021 – Shanghai, China – The video game studio Arrowiz revealed today closing its Series A investment round led by Tencent for multi-million USD for a minority stake in the company. The studio founded by Horace Xiong (CEO), Justice Liu (COO) and Michael Chua (CFO), will use the funds to increase its production capabilities and empower the studio creative minds with the best tools and resources.
Last November, Tencent Games (via its publishing label Yooreka) and Arrowiz agreed on a publishing deal for an unannounced game in China, South East Asia and Korea. This project, set to be released in 2022, will be revealed early next year by a major Western publisher.
Arrowiz now has 30 employees and is set to outpace its original goal of 40 by the end of the year and doubling this headcount in 2022. The studio, working both on original and licensed content, now counts 2 games in production, and is expecting to start a 3rd project by the end of 2021.
Arrowiz CEO and Co-founder Horace Xiong says "We feel honored to strengthen our cooperation with Tencent with this investment. As a studio with genuine global ambition, we are forming multiple collaborations with partners across different continents. Arrowiz will keep focus on both original initiatives and well-known IPs to deliver appealing stories to the worldwide audience. Tencent as our key partner in China not only values our unique strategy but also supports us in maintaining independence on both creative and publishing choices."
Arrowiz CFO and Co-founder Michael Chua adds "Tencent is a major partner for us, and we are grateful for their confidence and commitment to our studio. We have grown the studio exponentially and it is our ambition to launch one title each year. This investment is part of the fuel that will help make this happen."
Arrowiz previously received a seed round of $900K from an angel fund and other private investors to explore VR opportunities before establishing itself as a storyteller with its most recent title, Hermitage Strange Case Files, becoming an inspiration and foundation for its new strategy and future titles.
Arrowiz Partners with Tencent and a Major Western Publisher for Its Next Game!
In addition, the studio secures full funding from its western publisher for the development of a multi platform game.
24 Nov 2020 – Shanghai, China - Arrowiz is delighted to announce today the signature of a publishing agreement for its upcoming video game. Set to be released in 2022, the non-disclosed project will be published by Tencent Games (via its fully owned publishing subsidiary Yooreka) in China, South East Asia and Korea and by a Major Western publisher (to be revealed at a later date) in North America, Europe, Japan, Australia and the rest of the world.
Arrowiz CEO and Co-founder Horace Xiong says “We are excited to partner with Tencent Games and our Western publisher to bring a unique experience to gamers worldwide. We really appreciate the Wings Program of Tencent Games for discovering and recognizing our product in its very early stage. Meanwhile, we would like to express our thanks to the Yooreka team for their publishing support. Now our team is focusing on the development work and we can’t wait to share our exciting progress with the global community as soon as possible.”
Vito Wang, Head of Yooreka Studio (owned by Tencent Games) adds: “Arrowiz is a very outstanding development studio. Their products are quite extraordinary and impressive in terms of visual style and gameplay design. We are very excited to bring a fantastic experience to players with this title. Together with Arrowiz, team Yooreka Studio will bring more updates to the community very soon.”
Arrowiz previously received a seed round of $900K from an angel fund and private investors to explore VR opportunities before establishing itself as a storyteller with its most recent title, Hermitage Strange Case Files, becoming an inspiration and foundation for its new strategy and future titles. The studio plans to grow the team size to 40 by the end of 2021.
Its CFO and co-founder, Michael Chua, who came from a Hollywood background, where he served strategic and financial roles most notably for Marvel Studios and Warner Bros Interactive says, “I strongly believe that Horace has created a powerful group of passionate creatives ready to not only prove themselves within the region, but expand its vision globally. We can’t wait to show what we have been working on these past few years.”
Beats Fever to Launch in Japan with SUNSOFT Project Indie
9 Aug 2019 – Nagoya, Japan - SUNCORPORATION (JASDAQ: 6736) SUNSOFT Project Indie has localized the VR rhythm action game "BEATS FEVER VR Rhythm Stage" for Japan, and will be releasing the game on 19 August, 2019 for PlayStation®VR.
Originally released overseas on PC in 2017 and PlayStation®VR in 2018, Beats Fever™ is a VR rhythm game developed by Arrowiz. Now, SUNSOFT brings the game to the Japanese market as "BEATS FEVER VR Rhythm Stage" for PlayStation®4 (PlayStation®VR required).
In this Japanese version for PlayStation®4, there are several new features implemented for players in Japan. For example, in order to ensure safety, there are now circles indicating where the player's feet should be (for sitting or standing position). Options such as the position or size of the "transparent panel" (where the controllers should touch the music orbs) can now be adjusted. With these changes as well as more unmentioned here, the game has been optimized to be the best experience for the players.
"SUNSOFT" is the gaming brand of SUNCORPORATION, with a history of 34 years. "SUNSOFT Project Indie" is a new project that aims to bring out the best of indie games to the end user with proper localization, through the know-how accumulated at SUNSOFT over the years.
More information about "BEATS FEVER VR Rhythm Stage" can be found at
Hermitage Strange Case Files Launching Today on Steam
13 Nov 2018 – Shanghai, China – Arrowiz is proud to announce that its detective visual novel Hermitage Strange Case Files™ is formally released today in Steam® store.
Developed by Arrowiz and published by the renowned animation, comic and game operator Bilibili (NASDAQ: BILI), Hermitage Strange Case Files™ is a 2D investigation adventure game featuring Cthulhu mythos and exotic urban legends.
The game consists of several seemingly independent cases which later converge to an insane, citywide menace. As a vintage bookstore keeper and seasoned armchair detective, the player will meet distinct characters, sift leads from talks, news, forums and books, make logical deductions, relive creeping events, and unveil frantic truths.
“Ian (design lead) and I are long-time fans of Cthulhu mythos and oriental urban legends,” says Jet Xu, producer of the title. “We believe this is the first video game mixing these two ingredients and we are so excited to present it!”
While the game is first released in Chinese on PC, Arrowiz team has plans to add more language and platform options in near future.
More information about Hermitage Strange Case Files™ can be found at https://store.steampowered.com/app/836640/
VR Animated Short "Cairo's Tale: The Big Egg" to Release in May
3 May 2018 – Shanghai, China – Cairo's Tale®: The Big Egg, a narrative virtual reality (VR) animated short, directed by Shi Yuan and produced by Ring Mountain, will have its world premiere in this May through major VR systems including Oculus Rift and HTC Vive (Steam).
In this eight-minute short, the viewer takes adventure with young talented mage Cairo and his best friend Clusterclucked, who both got surprised by a giant egg that fell off and broke the roof of Cairo's flying house. Though being afraid, they decide to figure out what happened.
The team at Ring Mountain studio has 15 artists and engineers with deep backgrounds in game and entertainment industries. While they used to work on titles like Gears of War, Blade & Soul, Gundam and One Piece at renowned companies, VR as a fresh frontier recently drew their interest and joined their creativity.
"I believe VR movies are one of the most critical elements of VR experience," says Shi Yuan, the director and studio CEO. "They perfectly integrate a pioneering technology with traditional image art, and will very likely change the landscape of entertainments in near future."
Cairo's Tale® is a game-cartoon franchise Shi Yuan has been designing and operating for years. After a 2D game trailer released in 2015 and a 10-episode TV cartoon series in 2016, this latest animated short was built from the ground up for VR using Unreal Engine 4.
A 360 video format of this film is also in production with release platform and schedule to be announced later by Arrowiz, online publisher of the title.
More information about Cairo's Tale®: The Big Egg can be found at
Announcing Detective Visual Novel "Hermitage Strange Case Files"
30 Apr 2018 – Shanghai, China – Arrowiz today proudly announced that its detective visual novel title Hermitage Strange Case Files™ is formally put into production and expected to be launched later this year on multiple platforms.
Tinted with Cthulhu myth and table RPG elements, this detective visual novel lets you sift leads from distinct figures, delve into dread events and unveil frantic truths.
A Steam page for the game has now been established (see link below). While it will first be released in Chinese, Arrowiz team has plans to add more language options in near future.
More information about Hermitage Strange Case Files can be found at https://store.steampowered.com/app/836640/
Beats Fever Paper Becomes Free to Play!
1 Sep 2017 – Shanghai, China – Arrowiz today happily announced that its popular music game Beats Fever Paper™ can now be downloaded and played completely for free on main mobile VR platforms with supported headsets.
Beats Fever Paper is a casual music game on mobile VR platforms where players aim at ascending rhythmic gems and tap the touchpad or pull the controller trigger to capture them. With easy and intuitive gameplay, paper-craft art style and immersive environments, this title presents a great entertainment for players of all age groups.
Since its initial release in this January, Beats Fever Paper has gained acclaim from thousands of players on major VR platforms including Samsung Gear VR, Xiaomi VR, Huawei VR and Vivo VR. To express the deep gratitude of its dev team, Arrowiz has decided to offer this title for free permanently.
More information about Beats Fever Paper can be found at https://www.facebook.com/beatsfeverpaper
Beats Fever and Beats Fever Paper Launch on Oculus Store
19 Jan 2017 – Shanghai, China – Arrowiz today announced that Beats Fever™ and Beats Fever Paper™ are available now on Oculus store for play with the Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR headsets, respectively.
Beats Fever Launches on Steam
10 Jan 2017 – Shanghai, China – Arrowiz today announced the release of Beats Fever™, a visually stunning virtual reality (VR) rhythm game for the Steam®VR platform that is set in stylish and charming urban stages. Built from the ground up for VR using advanced graphics engine, Beats Fever delivers melodic and fully immersive music interaction in a gorgeous panoramic cityscape setting.