There’s lit­tle in Arena Of Valor’s bland char­ac­ter ros­ter that is likely to make you dou­ble-take un­til you come across Bat­man, Su­per­man and Won­der Woman. Awk­wardly po­si­tioned among the game’s anime-fan­tasy ros­ter, the Jus­tice League are some of the most ex­pen­sive un­lock­able char­ac­ters. Their pres­ence is a strange con­se­quence of Warner Bros’ de­ter­mi­na­tion to in­crease aware­ness of its movie brands in China, where in­clud­ing char­ac­ters in a game like Kings Of Glory via a Chi­nese part­ner com­pany is both a way to ap­pease the cen­sors and an ef­fec­tive mar­ket­ing move. These char­ac­ters have now been re-im­ported to the west, al­though in this con­text they sim­ply look out of place. Not to men­tion pricey – un­less you grind to un­lock them, they cost around £15 each.

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