Battlerite bills itself as a Team Arena Brawler. It takes the team fights from MOBAs, strips out everything else and distills those fights into intricate ballets of timing, fast reactions and tactics. I’m having a blast.
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Battlerite, the not-a-MOBA top down champion brawler, has been hazed in the battlefield of early access for long enough. The full version is out today in free-to-play form, though the release has been delayed until 3pm. I checked the game out last year, and it pushed all the right buttons.
To celebrate, Stunlock Studios are also launching a new bramble-based hero. You can see him in action in the trailer below.
Battlerite [official site] is getting into the summer spirit (is that a thing?) with a big seasonal patch. The patch brings a new support character – Blossom, the Forest Mender – to the arena brawler along with a new campaign mode, a new game mode, a bunch of new outfits and a host of tweaks and changes. Let’s start with a look at the newcomer: Read the rest of this entry »
“Even if you wouldn’t touch a MOBA with a ten foot barge pole, this might still be for you,” wee cherub Matthew Cox said about Battlerite [official site] when it hit early access last year. Because it’s not a MOBA, okay. It’s a team-based arena brawler which, sure, has heroes/champions/summoners/duelists/wizards throw down but it’s not a MOBA, rite. I understand tone is difficult to assess in text, especially coming from a sarky prick like me, but I mean it: Battlerite is not a MOBA. You can see for yourself later today, as a week-long free trial is launching in a few hours. Read the rest of this entry »
Battlerite [official site], the arena brawler presumably named after an all-night brainstorming session when a producer murmured “So you, like, er, battle, right?” and the room erupted into applause the exhausted producer couldn’t understand, this week welcomes a new warrior. Raigon, The Exiled Prince is a chap swinging a honking great sword, and I’m led to believe he’s another Battleriter based on a character (Reaver this time) from the game’s spiritdad, Bloodline Champions. Stunlock Studios have also announced the first official tournament, coming later this month. Read the rest of this entry »
Battlerite [official site] is called a “Team Arena Brawler” by its developers, which is a new one on me when it comes to the long list of attempts to name this genre about different kinds of wizards beating each other up. What they mean is: it’s a MOBA in which some of the MOBA bits have been cut away, leaving behind just the teamfights and the skill shots. It’s in early access, already frightfully popular, and it’s getting a free weekend which begins this Thursday.
The creators of arena brawler Battlerite [official site] are not content with adding two spooky champions just before Halloween, and so have revealed another champion that’ll be added in a patch tomorrow. What can this boyo do? Well, he can teleport a short distance, summon debilitating chains and read fire at you from a big book. His name is Ezmo The Mischievous and he can be seen in this preview trailer. He’s not from around these parts.
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Battlerite [official site] has got Hallowe’en all wrong. To celebrate The Big Spooky, the top-down team brawler is preparing to add two new characters tomorrow. That’s not how Hallowe’en goes. You’re supposed to menace players, Stunlock Studios. Force them to give you two new characters under threat of a good egging/spooking/kicking. Sure, I’ve heard that Battlerite – the spiritual successor to Bloodline Champions – is a lovely game, even in early access, but this seems wrong. We can only hope that Jumong, ‘The Beast Hunter’, and Ruh Kaan, ‘The Crypt Warden’, are cursed. Maybe everyone who plays them will melt into snakes and insects. Read the rest of this entry »
If you’ve ever enjoyed a teamfight in a MOBA, I can guarantee you’ll get a kick out of Battlerite. That’s a bold opening statement, but Battlerite distills those clashes into tense, 10 – 15 minute matches where knowledge and reaction speeds are equally vital. Even if you wouldn’t touch a MOBA with a ten foot barge pole, this might still be for you.
Fancy a new PvP arena brawler? Battlerite [official site] may be your cup of tea. Made by Bloodline Champions developers Stunlock Studios and billed as that game’s “spiritual successor”, it’s got colorful heroes, things to shoot, and whatever “battlerites” are. That sounds like it might be fun!
If you’ve missed word of Dead Island: Epidemic before today, it is – deep breath – a free-to-play multiplayer action hack and slash arena game. It’s pursuing a cartoony look and feel and, from a trailer voiceover, it’s making no bones about trying to be funny (although I hope the game itself aims a little higher than a silly voice).
There’s a little more info on this kinda-sorta-maybe-MOBA in a post we ran all the way back in June, although details will have changed since then. Epidemic has just reached open beta and there’s a new trailer to celebrate.
I had not particularly noted Dead Island: Epidemic‘s passage into Early Access. I’d seen enough games chasing the dream of League of Legends and Dota 2‘s success with only a few small new idea. And it had the temerity to coin its own cutesy genre name, Zombie Online Multiplayer Battle Arena! However, after watching a new gameplay trailer explain what it’s up to, I’m at the very least interested. Not enough to pay for the beta of a game that’ll be free-to-play at launch, mind.
While the majority of MOBAs (do I still need to explain this dreadful name?) seem to mostly duplicate LoL or Dota, Dead Island: Epidemic takes their ideas of per-match progression and slap them into something a bit more like Diablo III with a sizeable PvE side.
Same-y MOBAs that can’t quite manage the raw mechanical majesty of League of Legends and Dota 2 are an epidemic. So how do we cure that pestilence of painful mediocrity? Well, Techland and Stunlock Studios are suggesting we fight an epidemic with an epidemic – a Dead Island: Epidemic, to be precise. It ups the ante with another of the gaming industry’s more rampant diseases (zombies) but also puts some fresh meat on the genre’s bones with a three-team dynamic and more open maps. Also ramshackle weapons galore, because that is – in the parlance of our time – how Dead Island do.
My fingers still feel a deep sense of slithering, shivering wrong in the pits of their tiny finger souls when they type out the words “Dead Island MOBA,” but here we are. Dead Island Epidemic is happening because Deep Silver’s so obsessed with zombies on islands that I think it wants to create an actual, factual epidemic of Dead Island (and Dead-Island-like) games. If that is indeed the case, it’s well on its way, and Epidemic is without a doubt furthest off the previously established map. On the upside, it’s being developed by Stunlock Studios, the talented team behind the Quinns-approved Bloodline Champions. Also, there’s crafting and you capture points all over the map instead of dragging your weary bones through countless base-busting wars of attrition. Other highly unexpected features include zombies, zombies, and also zombies.
Out, and still doesn’t have any good screenshots. STUNLOCK STUDIOS! Stop making my life difficult. I could make your life difficult, you know. “Stunlock Studios Celebrate Bloodline Champions Going Gold With Rare Nordic Tradition Of Eating Forty Kittens”. That’s a headline. I could do that. Actually I couldn’t do that, it wouldn’t fit on one of our posts. But you get the idea. I am a powerful man.
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Just like that, Bloodline Champions has entered open beta! Anyone interested in downloading and playing the skill-focused arena game can do so here. Good news indeed. BC is my favourite out of all the Defense of the Ancients-inspired games that I’ve tried. It streamlines each match into a minute of white-hot combat, and the way it’s designed allows for displays of skill and cunning that make you want to stand up from your chair and salute. You can currently pre-order Bloodline Champions for £24.99 to get some special benefits when it comes out (whenever that is), so interested parties would be wise to try the game now. Thanks to Blues for the news. Open beta launch trailer follows…
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Sure, you remember the time last month when Quintin posted videos of Bloodline Champions, the DOTA-inspired arena multiplayer thingy. There was a profile of the Astronomer, Nomad and Thorn. And you thought you were satisfied. But now let me tell you there’s a profile of the Blood Priest, Guardian and the Stalker. It’s like finding out about the latest gadget – you didn’t know you needed it until you found out about it. But I’m not the sort to leave you hanging. I am the sort to write any old shit to fill this gap at the top. But not to leave you hanging. So click on below and you can watch it with your left, right, or even both eyes.