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A big, big loss: farewell to Gigantic, the moba-shooter from Starcraft’s lead designer

The cosmic ballet continues: just as MOBAs replaced MMOs in the popular consciousness, now battle royale games are flavour of the year, and sadly that, together with general multiplayer market saturation, means casualties. Not even a week ago, Epic's MOBA/shooter hybrid Paragon faced the axe, and now that same is true of Gigantic. Motiga's monstery multiplayer game was another lane-runner/face-shooter combo, and one whose development…

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Dota 2 is more interesting than ever with the Duelling Fates update

Dota 2 gets a major patch about once a year, and it’s always A Big Deal. Old strategies have to be thrown out of the window as the metagame and individual players adjust to the changes, and the 7.07 Duelling Fates update is an even bigger shakeup than usual. The update adds two new heroes, five new items and overhauls the talent tree system that…

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2D moba Awesomenauts goes free-to-play next month

The long-lasting 2D incarnation of the MOBA known as Awesomenauts [official site] is going free-to-play, developers Ronimo have announced. They’ve been working up to this over the past year, they say, bringing other features to the shooty multiplayer platformer such as a new matchmaking system, a spectator mode, and a level editor. But now it is taking the final plunge into the deep F2P abyss.

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Fractured Space review

Fractured Space [official site] finally warped out of the safety of the early access nebulae this month, making it a ripe target for the RPS fleet. We sent Brendan to do battle with the interstellar MOBA and tell us wot he thinks. A few years ago there was a game called Stellar Impact. It was a MOBA set in space and it was pretty good.…

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Paragon Adds Thorny New Hero Next Week

Paragon [official site] is getting a new hero in the tiny but mighty fairy fighter The Fey. She's a support character harnessing the power of nature to really annoy the opposition. She specializes in crowd control and commands a number of area of effect abilities to ensnare your foes while doling out blasts of pixie dust (fine, energy damage).

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10 Heroes, 1 Lane In Heroes Of The Storm’s Latest Map

Blizzard's take on the lane-pusher genre had maps of various shapes and sizes, but it was missing a one-laner until now. With their latest, the Lost Cavern, Heroes of the Storm [official site] wants to give the community something they were apparently already trying to make on their own: a map with no objectives, no lane pushing, and just one unending teamfight in the middle.…

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NCsoft’s MOBA Master X Master Coming Our Way

Blizzard's MOBA Heroes of the Storm is a big crossover between all their games, and NCsoft think that's a grand idea. The Korean publishers have announced a western release for Master X Master [official site], a MOBA whose lineup includes characters from their other games. As with gin & tonics, no MOBA is complete without a twist. MXM's is that players pick two characters and…

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Oh! Epic’s Paragon Is Totes A MOBA

Oh! Oh! Epic's mysterious new game Paragon [official site] is a MOBA! They finally explained that over the weekend, and I missed it because I'd stopped looking after a string of boring videos showing renders of generic characters posing. But! It's a MOBA, as you may have guessed. It looks like it's doing your usual MOBA things, but playing as a third-person shooter rather than…

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League of Legends Will Soon Have A Champion Catfish

The next League of Legends [official site] Champion looks like he might be a bit of a dick. Judging from this cinematic trailer, the Cajun-flavored River King may be something of a fairy tale villain. He's constantly hungry, for one. And will barter with unsuspecting mortals for impossible favors. Without spoiling the three-minute video, let’s just say that things take for a dark, disturbing turn…

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Heroes of the Storm review

Heroes of the Storm [official site], which launches out of open beta today, is Blizzard’s take on the MOBA - and if the very mention of the ‘M’-word made you want to heave your monitor out the window then it may just be a game you should play. Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas are popular in direct proportion to the degree with which they are hated…

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Mo’ MOBAs: Bandai Namco Announce Supernova

At some point in every publisher's offices across the globe over the past five years, an executive has asked "What is a MOBA and why don't we have one?" Namco Bandai evidently had that discussion later than many, as they've only now tossed their hat into the free-to-play MOBA arena. Yesterday they announced Supernova [official site], a F2P sci-fi MOBA with a twist (got to…

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Impressions: Heroes Of The Storm Closed Beta

Among my many professional failings is the inability to comprehend MOBAs. I understand the basic mechanics and have tried to enjoy both of the major players: gave LoL a real go for a few weeks then got bored, gave up Dota 2 after seven bewildering hours I'll never get back. My regret is never reaching or understanding the fun part that must be there. Then…

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Smite: Season 2 Getting New Conquest Map

Smite's Conquest map will be undergoing a serious overhaul in preparation for the game's second competitive season. The 5 versus 5 map which gets used in eSports events as well as by regular players has been reworked with the triple goals of increasing legibility of the play area, improving strategic play when you're playing or countering different classes of characters, and just generally de-clunking the…

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Please Close The: Dawngate MOBA Cancelled

"Oh gosh – Dawngate's been cancelled," I say to the rest of the Dota team I'm playing with. "What's Dawngate?" was the first response. Dawngate was/is EA's foray into MOBA territory. It's been in open beta for six months and there was a closed beta for a year before that. But according to EA's Matt Bromberg the game wasn't making enough progress (whatever that means)…

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Orcs Must Die! Unchained Closed Beta Impressions

I'm glaring at the Orcs Must Die! Unchained deck-building screen trying to work out which combination of minions, equipment and traps will be the most lethal. It's the latest outing in the Orcs Must Die! series and has dropped the campaign mode in favour of expanding the co-operative element introduced in Orcs Must Die 2. You're now playing competitive aggressive tower defence with four teammates…

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Smite Branches Out With Woodland God Sylvanus

[Post updated with quote from the game designer] As the old saying goes, a god up a tree is worth two in a bush. Which is just as well because Hi-Rez have now added god-up-a-tree Sylvanus, Keeper of the Wild to Smite, their god brawler/MOBA/whatever we're calling them currently. Sylvanus (not to be confused with Sylvanas from the Warcraftiverse) stems* from the Roman god of…

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Little Red Riding Blood: Arena Of Fate Is Crytek’s MOBA

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…

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Hands On: Heroes Of The Storm

'Hero brawler'. That's what Blizzard would like you to call their all-star lane pushing videogame, Heroes of the Storm. In marketing terms it's better than referencing your competitors by saying Dota-like or LoL-a-like (sidenote: no-one says LoL-a-like and this is a crying shame). More importantly, it's better than the emotionally dead and uselessly expansive MOBA. It gives you the flavour of the game you're about…

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