MOBAs are multiplayer online battle arenas, PvP-centric, non-persistent online games that share some but not all mechanics in common with traditional MMORPGs. We formerly categorized MOBAs as “Not So Massively” games. You may also be interested in our Multiplayer category for other multiplayer online games that aren’t fully massive. [Follow the MOBA category’s RSS feed]
SuperData’s global digital games revenue summary for June 2017 is out, and it’s a strange melange of huge shifts and no changes at all.
On the PC front, there’s been movement at the bottom of the list, as PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and ROBLOX (seriously) have kicked CSGO and New Westward Journey Online II to the curb and knocked World of Tanks and Overwatch down a few pegs. World of Warcraft remains at #6, thanks to last month’s recombination of east and west. It’s a weird saga.
On consoles, however, Overwatch inched up a place and Grand Theft Auto V surged to take the top spot, in spite of its messy modder confrontations this summer. “Despite negative press over community-created-mods decisions, Grand Theft Auto Online experienced its most successful month this June on the back of [its] newest DLC,” SuperData says.
The mobile category has seen a huge shakeup as well, as Honour of Kings leaped from 10th place to 1st, pushing down Clash of Clans and Clash Royale — the firm estimates Honour of Kings made over $150 million in June. Pokemon Go remains noticeably absent from the top 10 lists this summer, but SuperData gives it a nod anyway.
Make room in your gaming schedule because Perfect World’s Gigantic is now out with a vengeance. The glowy MOBA PWE rescued after delays and multiple financial and staffing difficulties and redubbed a “strategic hero shooter” officially launched today on multiple platforms, including Xbox One, Steam, and Windows 10.
The release is accompanied by a huge day one patch that includes Ramsay, the game’s 19th hero, who swings a massive blade. That’s just the beginning, too: The team plans to release an additional hero every month of live operation. Players can also enjoy the text chat feature, grab special skins through various partner sites, and buy one of the new packages.
We’ve got the launch trailer and a look back at Gigantic’s development and our coverage to date after the break!
Listen, we need to have a talk about your MOBA dedication. You’ve been taking too much time off, seeing the sun too often, and slacking on your team practice time. It’s time to get serious about your Master X Master
skills because the ranked preseason began today
Wait, preseason? What’s that about? As Season One approaches for the game’s competitive scene, there is a four week lead-up during which players can get used to the ranked environment and become eligible for ranked Titan Ruins matches. To accomplish the latter, you’ll need to be level 40 and have unlocked at least 12 characters.
The preseason period isn’t only for fun and practice; there are several rewards to be attained for those who climb up to the grand master rank. Even if you aren’t that good, you can still get a free rare token to buy special skins if you complete five matches.
Everyone’s favorite gaming industry analyst Michael Pachter announced that his firm Wedbush is “skeptical that the Overwatch League will achieve much success,” noting that Blizzard’s multiplayer online shooter is “difficult to watch,” too expensive to buy, and unapproachable compared to other games. It gets worse: He also argues that “investors are overly optimistic” given the huge expense for running teams in a league like this one, the fact that Amazon got to Twitch first, and the likelihood that Blizzard will eventually collide with antitrust law (and the lack of relevant international law).
“The major sports leagues in the US are allowed to ‘collude’ with one another to some extent in order to limit player salaries; it is not clear that OWL will be subject to such an exemption, suggesting to us that a determined owner with a large pocketbook may be able to capture the world’s best players by guaranteeing large salaries.”
It’s summer in SMITE
, and that means Twi’leks with lightsabers! Wait. No. Yes? Yes. Freya’s Ordo Aurora skin is live today, and it’s not hard to guess her inspiration.
It also means a boatload of other stuff, including the kickoff of the summer festivities (it’s beach-themed, this year); new skins for Da Ji, Kuzenbo, Cupid, Cernunnos, and Cu Chulainn; and the first inklings of Project Olympus, a series of overhaul patches first announced last week during DreamHack Valencia. This particular arm of the project includes beta testing for DirectX 11 and the 64-bit client, a high-res texture pack, prestige levels, and a new set of lootboxes called triumphant chests. As for the “Summer of SMITE,”
“It’s time for another summer road trip through the Battleground of the Gods! We’ll be releasing new Summer of SMITE content over the next several patches. Every time you buy a Skin, you’ll get to pick your favorite souvenir from our in-game shop. Then complete two specific Quests to unlock your bonus item forever! There are seven keepsakes to claim, plus an ultimate reward only available when you collect all eight Skins: one honey of a Limited Skin, only available during Summer of SMITE 2017!”
Ah, there’s nothing like the smell of a fresh new patch. It’s full of new things to do, new stuff to explore, and new mechanics to enjoy. Cloud Pirates
is still a rather young game, but you can still enjoy the freshness of update 1.5
with its new map, new treasure maps, a new moving control point capture gameplay mode, and the new First Mate feature to help newer players get into the game. That’s all good stuff.
The update also brings along changes to the way the game’s ranking system works. Players will now gain or lose ranking based on how their performances compare with what the system expects, with failure to meet expectations resulting in no change, drastically failing resulting in a rating loss, and meeting or exceeding expectations improving ratings. Players can also check their contributions to the team, so it’s easy to tell at a glance where they’ll need to improve. It’s another sort of freshness, albeit the sort that will take a little getting used to.
Back in April, we wrote about how the Olympic Council of Asia and Alisports of China was aiming to bring e-sports to the Asian Games, reportedly the second-largest sporting event in the world, right behind The Olympics itself. In support of the move, the council cited the addition of e-sports to the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) in September as a “demonstration” sport featuring multiple games, including Dota 2, Starcraft II, and Hearthstone.
That may be in jeopardy now, however. SuperData reported this week that multiple countries have now backed out of the e-sports section of the AIMAG competitions. South Korea’s e-sports division quit the event in May, followed by Australia in June and Thailand earlier in July. Thailand, we should note, blocked participation in part over health concerns and “fears related to gaming addiction,” but South Korea and Australia raised objections over the exit of the well-recognized International Esport Federation and the formation of a relatively unregulated Asian Esports Federation in its place, as well as objections over the recruitment process for teams, which appears to blur national lines.
The lack of humanoid cat-people in certain games is a failing that urgently needs to be addressed by developers, so it’s a good thing that Paragon is adding Zinx to the mix. It’s also a good thing that Paragon decided to introduce Zinx with a trailer to remind you of old grindhouse trailers, even if you mostly remember those from archives and references to the originals.
What can Zinx actually do? Well, wreck people, obviously. This is a MOBA; she’s not going to be showing up because she’s a mathematical whiz unless that translates to shooting people. But you can check out the trailer for her just below, so you can draw your own conclusions about whether or not she’s the anthropomorphic feline you’ve been waiting for; she’ll be available on July 18th.
Hi-Rez took the floor of DreamHack Valencia in Spain today for announcements across its stable of games.
First, the renamed online TCG Hand of the Gods: SMITE Tactics has kicked off its open beta, meaning it’s accessible for everyone now. It’s also launched a 70-card Venus Competitor’s Pack that includes a crossover Aphrodite skin in SMITE.
itself, the team announced Project Olympus, a “new initiative intended to improve core game features and further polish” the MOBA over the next three updates. Expect “major” engine upgrades, improved 64-bit client support, HUD and controller improvements for console, better in-game tutorials, and post-level-30 prestige levels.
Paladins introduced new support toon Jenos, the Ascended, and revealed the Splitstone Quarry map.
During the event, SMITE and Paladins players will be going head to head in multiple competitions with a combined prize pool of over $200,000.
Every game needs one character who slinks around in the shadows and stabs people in the back, and in Gigantic
that character is Tripp. Of course, there’s more to Tripp than just being a hooded lady killing people, as she also has a whole lot of lightning elemental powers to boost her higher. You can check out her ability overview and gameplay highlights in the new video focused around her, although it’s hiding down below the cut. (Stealth types are like that, they always hide.)
Not that you always have to have Tripp sitting in stealth; while she can turn invisible at will, complete with either an AoE stun or a movement increase when invisible, she’s also able to slide across the battlefield, throw daggers to mark targets, and ultimately dive to an enemy and deal high amounts of damage. Check out all of her kit in the video along with an overview of how to put those abilities together, and keep your eyes open if you know she’s on the battlefield.
Once upon a time, a studio named Riot Games
made a game called League of Legends
, which was essentially a Warcraft III
map given some slight adjustments and a new coat of paint to avoid copyright infringement. Now, that studio is very successful because LoL
made roughly all of the money ever printed, and it’s suing another developer
on the basis of that studio skipping the “slight adjustments and new coat of paint” phase of the plan.
You can check out a trailer for Mobile Legends below, and… well, that does look similar, but it’s really up to the courts whether it’s similar enough to shut down the operation. It’s developed by Shanghai Moontown Technology and has already been removed and re-submitted from Google Play under a slightly different name. Time will tell if the lawsuit moves forward or not.
You’re certainly heard of dev community Q&A sessions, but what about dev cosplay Q&A? Master X Master
recruited the help of cosplayer Cheezecake to relay community queries now that the game has launched.
Other than the surprise drop of Ghost Widow as a playable character at launch, the team is being tight-lipped about future masters. The devs did say that they are planning to roll out six to eight new heroes every year, and that these will be a mix of original characters and NCsoft franchise cameos.
Master X Master’s hybrid design has made it somewhat difficult for the studio to convey to potential players in a short period of time. When pressed about a stronger advertising campaign, the team said that it’s skewing away from “traditional” advertising and is favoring word-of-mouth recommendations and social media instead.
The Q&A runs for about a half-hour, and you can view it after the break. Warning: Your life will never be the same after seeing it!
As the field of MOBAs and competitive e-sports titles becomes increasingly crowded, studios are turning to more… unorthodox methods to attract viewers and attention. Broadcast your tournament on cable TV? Recruit Steven Seagal for some reason? It’s been done, so very done, which is why Amazon Game Studios called up its friends in the Dutch navy and asked politely if they could borrow a battleship to host a Breakaway game match.
OK, so it was an “offshore patrol vessel,” but the stunt actually happened. Two e-sports teams came aboard the HNLMS Holland for a head-to-head match in the online sports game. The devs said that to their knowledge, this was the first e-sports match to take place on a battleship at sea.
While you ponder what lunacy marketers will come up with next — e-sports in a volcano! E-sports on death row! E-sports between presidential candidates! — you can check out the highlight reel after the break and marvel that you have lived to see such wonders.