How to Play Arknights on PC
Arknights launched in English worldwide on January 16, 2020 for Android and iOS. The game is developed by the Chinese game developer Yostar, the same studio behind the enormously popular Azure Lane, and while Arknights only available officially on mobile, it can be played on the PC using any of the popular Android emulators.
How to Play Arknights on PC:
The first thing you need to do is download and install an Android emulator (I recommend just using Blue Stacks). I've personally downloaded and tested several Android emulators over the years and my favorite is Blue Stacks followed by Nox. Both are excellent but for the sake of this guide I recommend Blue Stacks simply because it's easier to use and gets updated more frequently. The UI is also much cleaner.
After downloading and launching Blue Stacks, simply open up the Google Play store and search for "Arknights". Upon launching Blue Stacks for the first time you'll be asked to log in to a Google account before you can access the Google Play Store. You can set up a dummy one just for Bluestacks or use your main one. Remember, if you want to play both on the PC and Mobile, use the same Gmail account you use on your mobile device.
The biggest benefit of playing Arknights on the PC using an emulator is the ability to play on a bigger screen with a mouse. You can also customize hotkeys and use your keyboard, but for Arknights, none of this is really required as you can comfortably play the entire game using your mouse. Performance on the PC is also much better and Bluestacks actually boasts up to 6x the power of any smartphone. I personally also enjoy the ability to multi-task on my PC and looking up guides while playing is much easier on the PC than a smartphone.
Arknights is a free to play tower defense Gacha RPG developed by the same studio behind Azure Lane. The game features Japanese voice overs and crisp anime inspired graphics. While the core gameplay looks and plays a lot like a simple tower defense game, there's a surprising amount of depth. One of the game's biggest strengths is that the lower rarity operators (the easy to obtain ones) are actually viable, which means players can enjoy the game without spending money.