Arknights (Chinese: 明日方舟; Pinyin: Hypergryph and Studio Montagne. It is released on mainland China in May 2019 and released internationally (in , Japanese, and Korean) in January 16, 2020 for iOS and Android with Yostar, best known for Azur Lane, as the publisher.) is a mobile science fiction tower defense gacha video game developed by
Arknights takes place in a dystopian, somewhat grimdark world of Terra which is almost similar to our own aside of the presence of humanoids with animalistic traits (called Ancients in-universe) and magic-like powers (Arts), and is devastated by Catastrophes forcing its inhabitants to adopt a nomadic life through mobile cities as well as the pandemic of Oripathy, a terminal disease caused from exposure to Originium, a crystalline mineral left behind after Catastrophes used in many applications including Arts.
The game is told from the perspective of Rhodes Island, a paramilitary medical organization sought to provide treatment and finding cure to Oripathy, through an enigmatic, amnesiac doctor recently awakened from a long cryogenic sleep, and follows their conflict with the Reunion, a violent non-state actor intending to punish the Terran society for their mistreatments towards the Infected – individuals with Oripathy.
Arknights quickly became popular when first released in China. The international release was also met with mostly positive reviews.
- Originally the game is to be named Archknights, but this was changed so that the name is a combination of "ark" (as in Noah's ark) and "knights".