Crytek jumping on the MOBA bandwagon?

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MOBAs are big business. League of Legends is one of the most played games on the planet, and the Dota 2 prize pool is hitting astronomical sums. everybody seems to be making a MOBA. Dead Island’s becoming one, and Blizzard’s Heroes of the Storm is probably the most anticipated new arena strategy game. Now it looks like Crytek wants in on that action.

Here’s a peak at Crytek’s Arena of Fate, which has received a brief teaser after months of speculation. It shows little other than two characters about to lock in to battle. Perhaps Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf and  invites players to ‘enter the arena’ in summer 2014.

According to gaming supersleuth Superannuation, Crytek’s Bulgarian Black Sea studios was working on a project that would likely end up being an MMO, RPG or MOBA – and this little clip rather heavily suggests the MOBA route.

This would likely be Crytek’s second foray in to the free-to-play realm following its shooter, Warface. the company’s previously said that all of its future games would be free-to-play, as the standard AAA market was unsustainable.

Right now we are in the transitional phase of our company, transitioning from packaged goods games into an entirely free-to-play experience.

What this entails is that our future, all the new games that we’re working on, as well new projects, new platforms and technologies, are designed around free-to-play and online, with the highest quality development.

So a MOBA with classic fantasy and fairy tail characters. Thrilling. Honestly, there’s more than enough saturation in the MOBA market, and I’m not sure anything’s going to usurp the big established guys now. The only one that even has a real shot is Blizzards, because well, because it’s Blizzard.

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Last Updated: May 22, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

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