“Imagine Joan of Arc and Robin Hood cooperating to hunt down Little Red Riding Hood.”
While practically nothing in that sentence makes sense, it’s Vesselin Handjiev’s pitch for Crytek’s upcoming MOBA, Arena of Fate. The game was announced for PC and consoles with a teaser trailer and a few details. The game will pit characters both historical and mythological, such as Joan of Arc, Nikola Tesla, Robin Hood, Frankenstein, Jack the Ripper, Little Red Riding Hood, and Fenrir, against each other in 5-on-5 combat. Handjief goes on to say “But besides the game’s iconic heroes, which everyone in the team really loves, we are also challenging ourselves to carefully craft a streamlined player experience that allows for both greater accessibility, and rich, deep, action-packed gameplay.” Players will clash in “fast-paced battles with fresh gameplay twists” with “multiple ways to chalk up points across the battlefield” according to the Arena of Fate site.
Also announced is a beta this summer (which you can sign up for right here) to allow passionate gamers to get an early look into the game. “We are very excited to meet the first wave of players in the arena this summer, and will be listening carefully to the feedback we receive and making the community’s contribution a key part of our efforts to perfect the fun.”
Instead of giving my thoughts on this right away, I’m instead going to provide you with a list of MOBAs that are currently out or soon will be: League of Legends, Heroes of Newerth, Bloodline Champions, Panzar, Awesomenauts, Guardians of Middle-Earth, Dota 2, Smite, Prime World, AirMech, Dawngate, Dead Island: Epidemic, Heroes of the Storm, DC Comic’s Infinite Crisis, Nosgoth, Sins of a Dark Age, Strife, and Orcs Must Die! Unchained.
Look at all of those games. There’s 18 games that are currently active or in development. How many of those have you heard of? I’d only heard of a third of them, the rest of these were entirely unknown to me. If were going to make a game, would you choose a genre that’s so packed full of competitors, 66% are totally ignored? And how will AoF set themselves apart from other MOBAs that already exist? By having “original characters”? Let me show you something. Do these two look similar?
Small girls wielding fire.
Let’s try another one
Armored blonde women with unnecessary boob pockets in their plate mail and wielding the power of light
I’ll switch games, just for a challenge.
Bipedal wolf with arms, teeth, and eyes burning like hateful fire.
So you get what I’m saying.
It’s not that I WANT Crytek and Arena of Fate to fail, it’s that the market is already flooded and adding another trend-following money grab isn’t helping. Unless, as more details come out about AoF that really set it apart, I see this as a big pit that Crytek is throwing their money and effort into. Maybe I’m wrong, maybe this will be the best MOBA anyone has ever seen. That’d be pretty cool, but I don’t think that’s the case.
Source: Arena of Fate site