THANK GOODNESS SOMEONE IS MAKING ANOTHER MOBA. I WAS REALLY WORRIED NO ONE WAS EVER GOING TO DO THAT AGAIN. For real, though, while the world might have more than enough MOBAs on its planetary plate, at least Crytek is approaching theirs from a sort of interesting angle. Instead of returning to the same catch-all fantasy setting as everyone else, Arena of Fate pits classic characters from history, fables, and folklore against each other. So you've got Frankenstein's monster, Jack the Ripper, Little Red Riding Hood, Robin Hood - characters like that. Also a weirdly boob-plate-clad Joan of Arc (she was very well-known for wearing men's armor), but sure, videogames. Trailer and details below.
No gameplay! Avert thine eyes until E3 so you can totally miss the first gameplay trailer when it gets buried under a deluge of other, more eye-catching stuff. Such, for some reason, is the way of things.
As with many MOBAs, it sounds pretty par for the course when described generally. It's tiny changes and tweaks that send big ripples through these things, so hands-on time will probably tell the full tale. For now, though, there's this:
"Featuring fast-paced 5 vs. 5 battles, Arena of Fate expands Crytek's range of Games-as-a-Service, and will be playable for the first time at this year's E3 expo in Los Angeles. We are challenging ourselves to carefully craft a streamlined player experience that allows for both greater accessibility, and rich, deep, action-packed gameplay."
Playable characters mentioned so far include Baron Münchhausen, Frankenstein's monster, Jack the Ripper, Little Red Riding Hood, Robin Hood, Joan of Arc, Fenrir, and Tesla. You can apply for an early access beta - which will begin this summer - on the game's website.
So then, another MOBA, but with a semi-interesting set of characters and inspirations. Think you'll give it a try?