Rebuilding Epic's MOBA
“Monolith is more than just a new map, it’s really our reimagining of what we actually wanted Paragon to be in the first place and it’s our better attempt at delivering that.”
Monolith is the rescaled and rebuilt map which each match of Epic’s third-person MOBA [official site] is played on. Lead hero designer, Cameron Winston, is the one telling me about its development. Monolith is replacing the older Legacy map as the team focus on improving the experience. The main goals were to trim down the size of the map (thus also eliminating the need for the travel mode aka auto-sprint which helped you get anywhere in a reasonable timeframe but messed with combat), offering more meaningful choices to players and bringing down the average length of longer matches. Read the rest of this entry »
Highs and lows
A couple of weeks back Epic’s Paragon [official site] team brought their third-person MOBA – still in its alpha state – to London for a hands-on preview event. I managed to get several games in (two crushings and one tense victory) as well as spending some time with creative director, Steve Superville.
Superville says that Epic’s question of themselves when setting out to make Paragon was “can we bring action to the MOBA genre?” My own big question of Paragon is this: I play a lot of Dota, and if I want something shorter I head into Overwatch or Smite’s Joust or Arena modes, so what’s the thing that Paragon offers which would get me to carve out a wedge of time for that game?
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