Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: MOBA

Epic Games’ MOBA Paragon enters open beta for PC, PS4

Epic has kicked off the open beta for its free-to-play console and PC MOBA Paragon. The five-versus-five, third-person action title features an increasing roster of Heroes, with one slated to be added every three weeks, and crossplay between PC and PS4. The game is said to be designed for players to “win without ever spending money,” with cards only accessible by playing. The studio is currently holding a livestream event on their Twitch channel and Youtube channel to discuss game design, demonstrate gameplay, and offer a look at what they have planned for updates.


PC News, PlayStation 4 News

Orcs Must Die! Unchained open beta gets new map, heroes, tweaks

Robot Entertainment has updated the open beta for Orcs Must Die! Unchained. The patch affects Survival mode, with minion waves rebalanced to offer a tougher challenge to high-level players as well as making them faster but weaker to attacks. Heroes also now have greater damage bonuses for both melee and magic, and their ranks are being bolstered by a new addition, Bloodspike the Brutal. Lastly, a new battleground similar to levels from the first two Orcs Must Die! has been added, Banquet Hall Survival. Other changes were made to crafting and traps, which have been detailed in a new blog post.


PC News

Activision Blizzard acquires Major League Gaming

Activision Blizzard is expanding their eSport footprint with the acquisition of Major League Gaming. MLG is over 12 years old with over nine million registered users, and hosts more than 180 players throughout its operated events. The league’s live-streaming capabilities will be used to augment Activision Blizzard’s Media Networks division. According to the announcement, MLG will still run, MLG Pro Circuit, and GameBattles, as well as continue working with its current partners and other publishers.


PC News, PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation 4 News, Xbox 360 News, Xbox One News

Smite launches on Steam, Ultimate God Pack on sale

Hi-Rez’s mythology-themed MOBA Smite is now available on Steam. Up until the recent final launch of the Xbox One version, the free-to-play title had been downloadable through a proprietary service. The Steam version supports integration with the current infrastructure, so both communities can queue and play together. No migration is needed for those who prefer playing their titles through Steam, as the game is account based, and all that is required is players to log in with their username. To celebrate the release, Hi-Rez is selling the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future gods, for the reduced price of $19.99 until September 13.


PC News

Smite officially launches on Live for Xbox One

Hi-Rez Studios’ free-to-play mythology-themed MOBA Smite has left beta and is now officially available for Xbox One. All million-plus beta participants will find that all purchases, progress, and achievements have been carried over. While free to play, Smite also offers for-pay content in the form of cosmetic skins and new gods. Items can be purchased singularly or in a bundle via The Founder’s Pack, available until August 31, which contains all 67 gods, all future gods, 400 Gems, Ares ‘Soldier of Fortune’ skin, and Ymir ‘Cacodemon X’ for $29.99. For those wanting a freebie, PC players who take advantage of a one-time deal to link their accounts before August 31 will receive a Zeus Xbox skin for both versions. Monthly updates are planned to add new gods, content, and modes.


Xbox One News

Geralt goes MOBA, The Witcher Battle Arena out now for Android, iOS

Geralt of Rivia is getting in some practice before setting out in The Witcher 3 later this year in a new multiplayer online battle arena title for Android and iOS, The Witcher Battle Arena. As the leader of a three-hero party, players must guide their forces against another party in a battle to take and hold conquest points. The base game includes two maps, Nilfgaardian Arena and the Korath Desert, and nine customizable heroes from the Witcher series, including Geralt, Iorveth, and Philippa Eilhart. A “fair, player-friendly monetization system” is also in place, but all purchasable items, such as character gear and modes, can also be unlocked through gameplay.


Android, Apple Handheld

Guardians of Middle-earth to launch for 360 on December 5

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Monolith Productions’ multiplayer online battle arena title Guardians of Middle-earth will be available on December 5 for 360. The game will launch digitally on Live Marketplace for 1200 MS Points, and December 4 on PSN for $14.99. Select retail stores will also carry boxed copies for $29.99, available the same day as the online versions, with the increased price being because of included vouchers for post-launch map, gameplay, and character DLC packs.


Xbox 360 News

Guardians of Middle-earth set to launch in December

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Warner Bros. Interactive has announced that Monolith Productions’ upcoming strategy title Guardians of Middle-earth will be available this December. The game will launch digitally on December 4 for $14.99 on PSN, and this fall for 1200 MS Points on Live Arcade. The title will also be available at select retail stores for $29.99 on the same dates as their online counterparts, with the price difference being due to boxed copies coming with vouchers to download the post-launch map, gameplay, and character DLC packs.


DLC, PlayStation 3 News, Xbox 360 News

Awesomenauts, and soundtrack, now on Steam

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The three-on-three Multiplayer Online Battle Arena dash action-platformer Awesomenauts is now available on Steam. The ’80s-cartoon-themed brawler features eight characters battling it out using a variety of wacky weapons, including jetpacks and lightning swords. And to celebrate the PC launch, gamers who pick the game up before September 5 will receive Team Fortress 2 extras based off the Awesomenauts’ gear.


DLC, PC News

Guardians of Middle-earth bringing Tolkienian MOBA action this fall

Warner Bros. is jumping into the multiplayer online battle arena genre this fall with Guardians of Middle-earth for the 360 and PS3. The Monolith-developed title will feature 10 players brawling in five-versus-five battles throughout Middle-earth, calling in the aid of over 20 guardians, including Gandalf, Sauron, and Gollum. In-game voice chat, stat tracking, and leaderboards will supplement the action.


PlayStation 3 News, Xbox 360 News