The lights are on
EA's always been a company that seems to follow the crowd,
and now it's set its sights on the popular MOBA genre.
MOBAs (Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas), which have their
roots in a Warcraft III mod called Defense of the Ancients (DotA), have become
one of the most profitable genres in recent years, with games like League of
Legends boasting millions of active players daily.
Now EA has launched a website for a MOBA game that hasn't
even been officially announced. Entitled Dawngate, the game's description on
the site reads: "Dawngate is a new MOBA, built
from the ground up to look and feel familiar while offering a whole new way to
experience MOBA gameplay. Dawngate empowers you to forge the champions you love
for the roles you want in a competitive arena, shaped by ever-evolving,
community-driven content and story."
On the site, you can register
for the game's beta. The game is developed by Waystone Games, which is likely a
newly formed studio, as there is little information about the company online.
Source: Superannuation via
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With all this talk about MOBAs, I am honestly shocked that I haven't seen any Smite comments or even news stories for that matter. It's all LoL, HoN, or Dota talk.
If you are new to MOBAs and are looking for something different, I heavily recommend Smite. It's currently in open beta and free to play. It's different from the other MOBAs because it offers action combat from a third person perspective rather than the top-down view. The competitive scene is still in its infancy and the roster of gods is still below 40 so it is not that hard to pick up. LoL just seemed too overwhelming for me to get into after being out for so long.
They'll act surprised when nobody jumps onto this from LoL.
I love how this article starts with such a dig at EA:)
"EA's always been a company that seems to follow the crowd,..."
That's so mean, true and subtle. Very good, Helgeson!