Epic Games announces its own Hero shooter, Paragon

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Twinblast

Hero shooters seems to be all the rage right now, displacing MOBAs as the game du jour. The prime one, at least with its current closed beta, is Blizzard’s Overwatch, but we’ve got similar games coming from all stables; Battleborn from 2K, Cliffy B’s LawBreakers, Gigantic from Motiga Studios and Hi-Rez’s newly announced Paladins. Even this year’s Call of Duty has a focus on “Specialists” with specific abilities that puts it firmly in this barn.

These are all shooters that take cues from MOBA’s, with players on a team each selecting ability-laden heroes, and going off to complete specific objectives. Class-based shooters, with a little MOBA, a little Arena; a sort of blend of old and new school. And there’s another one coming – from Epic Games.

It’s called Paragon, and we know very, very little about it other than that it’s coming to PC and that – as we’ve seen with Overwatch – there will be regular hero reveals.

“Discover a new hero each week and unlock unique in-game items,” says the game’s site, where you can register to take part in the beta. The first hero has been revealed, and he’s called Twinblast.

With the deluge of similar games I’d be happy to ignore this completely, but with Epic’s legacy with shooting games, it could just be the one to rival Overwatch. They are, of course, the chaps responsible for Unreal Tournament. If they can recapture that magic and infuse it with unique and interesting heroes, they could be on to a winner.

They have to do something really special though, because all of these games are blending in to one thing in my head, and it’ll take something exceptional to stand out.

Last Updated: November 4, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Hammersteyn

    Renegade FTW! Amirite?

    • Hahaha … this man gets it.

    • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

      GG

  • Captain JJ the Goo

    Just bring back the old Unreal.
    Or just remake (not remaster you lazy money-hungry bastards) the first one.
    It was excellent.

  • Seriously Epic. Stop announcing bloody games and finish them already. How many years has it been since the initial Fortnight announcement??!!

    I WANT IT NOW! (or at least in Jan so I can play Fallout/SC/SW:BF to my hearts content)

    • Captain JJ the Goo

      Cyberpunk 2077

      • Not the same. Cyberpunk was announced well into W3 development and CDPR has not yet announced two new titles after that so they are all good.

        Epic announced Fortnight as the first game on the new Unreal Engine. 2 years later they announce UT and now they announce this. I mean dammit finish at least Fortnight before moving half your staff over to something else.

        • Captain JJ the Goo

          True. I completely agree.
          I just felt like throwing more names at you 😀
          And CDPR made it interesting by giving the release date as: “When it’s ready.”

          • Yeah but my peeve is say that have a dev staff of say 100 people. Now they have 33 people give or take working on a game as opposed to say 100 people full time on just one. Too many chefs and all that sure but still. Dammit finish it!

    • Captain JJ the Goo

      Half Life 3

      • Well technically that has not been announced yet. 😛

        • Captain JJ the Goo

          Except if you count Hammer’s unquestionable mathematics surrounding this.

          • Hammersteyn

            I’m gonna buy stocks in crowbars when HL3 get announced

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            Just share it with us first. 😉

          • I am going to buy stocks in heart medication when it gets announced because we will all be 70 and the announcement will cause many deaths do to heart attacks. 🙂

          • Hammersteyn

            lol

          • Ir0nseraph

            XD

  • Finish this please!

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