The new E3 trailer for Battleborn has been released early and it's looking pretty good. We'll remain cautious until we've got our hands on the new FPS/MOBA hybrid as Gearbox's output in recent years has varied considerably (Borderlands series - ace. Aliens: Colonial Marines and Duke Nukem' Forever - balls.).
It's undeniably pretty though, reminding me of the colourful aesthetic of WildStar. Unlike WildStar though, Battleborn will be coming to the PS4 and Xbox One as well as the PC. With any luck we'll find out how the FPS/MOBA model is going to work out as more details emerge during E3.Click here to see the trailer.
Heroes Of The Storm is out now after years of development, delays and rebrandings. Blizzard's long-awaited MOBA is incredibly tough and predicated on fan service, but it's also well worth trying out for the bargain price of free considering Blizzard's trademark level of polish and raw fun factor.
If you get on board this week, you'll get a free character portrait and boosted XP for the duration. Sign into Battle.net and download it here.
SMITE is going from strength to strength and is still my favourite MOBA on the market by far. Not just because it's a brutal no-holds-barred battle between gods and goddesses from numerous different religions and cultures, but because I hate MOBAs as a general rule.
Why yes, I do suck at League Of Legends and DOTA 2, and that's got a lot to do with it. However, I'm also tired of seeing the same basic template copied over and over again, a single mod stretched out into a genre. SMITE does things very differently. It plays like a brawler, a tight and hectic action game viewed from an intimate over-the-shoulder perspective, which makes the same familiar gamut of towers, minions and jungle feel fresh, new and exciting. And best of all, accessible. With plentiful modes, botmatches and even straight 5v5 deathmatch, it's as hardcore as you want it to be.
As such, you'd expect it to be a great fit for Xbox One. Having tested the closed beta I'm delighted to report that it absolutely is.
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Heroes Of The Storm, Blizzard's long-awaited MOBA, is now less than a fortnight from release. To make sure everything works, the game has now entered the final stage of beta testing, meaning that it's free and open to all!
While you wait, I'd suggest watching the video primer below and think about whether you want to hit up the London launch party.Click here to read more...
SMITE, the rather excellent MOBA featuring gods and goddesses from numerous pantheons, has launched into closed beta on Xbox One.
It's kind of a big deal. Not only will the resulting game be free to play once complete (and allow you to pay a set fee for all present and future content!), but SMITE also unique in its intimate over-the-shoulder perspective, playing like a hectic and accessible action game. Having played plenty of it on PC, I can attest to the fact that it's the most fun I've ever had with a MOBA -- so take that as you will.
Sounds good? Here's how to get involved.Click here to read more...
Paradox has now announced that the project will leave early access and become a fully-fledged F2P game on April 28th, by way of a new trailer an incredibly annoying song that will get stuck in your head. Don't say we didn't warn you.
To prepare for the full release, there'll be a massive update on April 14th. Full details below.Click here to read more...
You'll be able to buy Guardians Of Middle-Earth for just £3.74 if you want the cheapest way of buying into this LOTR-themed MOBA, but existing players might want to sieze the opportunity to pick up character packs and bonus gold, all of which are available for £2.99 apiece. Thanks Gooner!
We saw Minimum hit this low, low price point just before Christmas, and Bundle Stars have brought it back. If you like fast-paced PvP shooters that hark back to the glory days of Unreal Tournament, then Minimum might just be for you. It takes that old-school spirit and couples it with MOBA sensibilities, customisable weapons, in-game crafting, and team objectives.
Better yet, Bundle Stars have made playing with friends easier, giving the triple pack away for £5.99, saving you even more money if you want to put a team together.
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Everywhere you look these days, there's a new MOBA. It seems a little late for EA to be arriving at the party with Dawngate given the rapid saturation of the genre thanks to studios and publishers wanting to capitalise on the popularity and success of titles such as League of Legends and Dota 2, but Waystone Games are confident that they've got something special on their hands, and have been bandying about the phrase "break the meta" to anyone who will listen.Have a gander at the Dawngate dev session after the jump >>
MOBAs. MOBAs everywhere!
Every developer and their mums appears to be obsessed with MOBAs at the moment. After a humble Warcraft III mod became big business, the success of League Of Legends, DotA 2 and SMITE has inspired innumerable studios to jump on board with a lane-claiming Twitch-streaming gank-tastic contender of their own. From Dead Island to Magicka, The Witcher to Arena Of Fate, developers large and small want a slice of that big juicy pie.
And yet, to torture that metaphor to an inch of its life, the pie may be enormous but there really aren't many slices to go around. Indeed, I'm convinced that Riot and Valve may have already scoffed most of it, while Blizzard's waiting to chow down on the remainder.
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Platform: PC (Steam Early Access, F2P)
Developer: Paradox North
Publisher: Paradox Interactive
Every game and their mum seems hell-bent on becoming a MOBA these days, and I must admit to loosing an exasperated howl when I heard that Magicka was headed down the same road. "Oh not again," I said to no-one in particular, vaguely in the direction of my cat. "We've already got League Of Legends and DOTA 2. Why does it actually need to be a genre?!" My cat seemed even less interested than I was.
However, now I've played Magicka: Wizard Wars, I can report that it's shaping up to be surprisingly brilliant.
See, the original Magicka is actually quite a good fit for a team-based arena multiplayer game. Your robed warlock walks around the battlefield in traditional clicky fashion, capturing control points and slashing with their melee weapon at imps and opponents, but the radical spell combination system allows you to concoct ridiculous cocktails of devastating abilities out of numerous elements. Flaming death beams? Freezing rocks? Water blasts that soak then shock your foes? Defensive domes or reflective shields? You'll create your own abilities on the fly... then loose them at both friend and foe with hilarious results.
Or just gleefully run around setting your friends on fire - if some of the trolls are anything to go by. Either way, it's utterly ridiculous in a very promising way.Click here to read more...
After a huge closed beta where invitations seemed to multiply in Steam inventories like it was going out of style, Valve have finally decided to unleash its free to play MOBA DOTA 2 to everybody. All you have to do is go to the Steam page for the game and hit Play - you'll begin downloading the client and be ready to join the ridiculousness as quickly as your internet will allow
With the Wraith-Night event now in full swing, and with the new player experience recently revamped to allow newcomers to learn the ropes without being subjected to vasts amounts of hilarious abuse, this could be an ideal time to get involved and begin learning how to carry and deny. This also means that I will almost certainly have to give this the Dealspwn Playthrough treatment sooner rather than later, so be on the lookout for that.
GoD Factory: Wingmen is an impressive attempt to marry accessible arcade space sim combat with the 4v4 MOBA framework, and it's back for another crowd-funding attempt on Kickstarter. In an attempt to raise its $70,000 CAD target, Nine Dots Studio has released a totally free work-in-progress build that you can play right now, with backers able to continue playing the alpha and beta before the finished version releases next Spring.
We've got the pitch below, and I was very complimentary about the project's early build in our GoD Factory: Wingmen hands-on preview. Will the second time be the charm for this ambitious indie effort?Click here to read more...
Well, that was quick. Barely a week after launching a crowd-funding campaign for a new Awesomenauts expansion pack, Ronimo Games have managed to smash through their target and start looking at stretch goals. Look at them, so happy in their party hats. Aww.
I'm referring to a video update that we've stashed after the break. Awesomenauts: Starstorm promises a number of new characters, levels and features, and is now happening. More details and the full pitch are available on Kickstarter itself.Click here to read more...
As promised, Deep Silver have finally parted with concrete details about Dead Island: Epidemic - the zombie MOBA (ZOMBA) slated for free release on PC. Apparently the project features three teams of four players, who'll have to battle the zombie hordes as well as each other.Click here to read more...
If you want Awesomenauts to receive a major expansion pack on Steam and PS4, you'd best put your money where your mouth is.Click here to read more...
Guardians Of Middle Earth, the Lord Of The Rings MOBA developed by Monolith, has finally been confirmed for a PC release after spending several months on PS3 and Xbox 360. Better yet, if you already own it, you'll can nab a free code for the base edition.Click here to read more...
Just a quickie: Ronimo Games has confirmed that colourful MOBA Awesomenauts is headed to PlayStation 4. This new edition will include the very latest updates, an extra map, all the DLC characters and new downloadable skins; stacking up with the comprehensive PC version.
Awesomenauts originally released on PC, PSN and XBLA last year. It's fantastic fun.
The Dead Island series will soon spawn a free-to-play MOBA, entitled Dead Island: Epidemic. Details are thin on the ground beyond a PC launch, 3v3 matches and "all the trademark elements that are part of a Dead Island experience," but more details will break cover at Gamescom later this month.
Oh, and it's officially described as a "Zombie Online Multiplayer Battle Arena." Or ZOMBA. Cute.