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Gigantic launching in July, escapes Windows 10

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Five-on-five third-person brawler Gigantic [official site] will launch in full on 20 July, developers Motiga have announced.

We first caught wind of the free-to-play game way back in 2014, and since then it's been chugging along under the watchful eye of James Phinney, the lead designer of both StarCraft and Guild Wars. So far the ongoing open beta has only been available on Windows 10, but it's now broadened its horizons onto the Arc Games platform, so you can play it before release on Windows 7 and 8 too. The final version will also be available through Steam.

As a reminder, Gigantic is a MOBA with no lanes or items. Instead it's 5v5 brawling action, and every attack is a skill shot. Your task is to kill the other team and then destroy a giant AI-controlled monster that's backing them up.

The trailer shows a cart load of different characters with wildly different abilities: there's a bull wielding two staffs trying to whack people around the face, a nifty cloaked assassin with lightning daggers, and a hulking robot that can rain down rockets. In total there's 18 heroes, with excellent names like Lord Knossos and Uncle Sven.

The animations look slick, and I really like the colourful art style. Readers who have taken part in the closed beta and commented on previous stories seem to think it's fairly solid, so it might be worth at least trying out.

To take part in the open beta, head over to the Arc Games platform or the Windows 10 Store.

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