The company behind the Crysis series have announced Arena of Fate today. The game is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) that features “iconic characters from history and fantasy”. Crytek confirmed that Arena of Fate is currently in development for PC and consoles, and will be arriving sometime this summer.
What can Arena of Fate bring to the table when we already have popular MOBAs like Dota 2 and League of Legends? Based on the website, the game features the all too familiar arena based 5v5 battles that promises to please both newcomers and veterans of the genre. “When the action gets underway in the arena, you’ll discover a fast-paced combat experience that is instantly accessible for newcomers but deep enough to captivate veteran campaigners too.”
However, from what I can see the real strength of the game lies is its choice of playable characters. Frankenstein, Jack the Ripper, and Baron Münchhausen are just a few of the iconic figures you’ll get to play in Arena of Fate. Five of the characters have already been fully detailed and you can read the description for each of them below.
Fenrir: “Said to be the father of all wolves, Fenrir is a fearsome sight in battle. His brute strength is magnified by the power of fire, and his ability to break out of restraining effects makes him an almost unstoppable beast on the battlefield. Every enemy who crosses his path can only wish his existence was nothing more than a myth. But the scars this beast leaves are very real indeed.”
Robin Hood: “With an array of arrow attacks, Robin Hood is a marksman guaranteed to leave enemies quivering. From firing multiple arrows at once to striking from a great distance, the hero of Sherwood Forest adds a new dimension to any assembly of heroes. When Robin’s around, it won’t be long before those who oppose him feel the sharp end of his skill set.”
Tesla: “Having made a career out of harnessing the flow of electricity, it’s no surprise that Tesla brings some serious shock and awe to the battlefield. Not only can he deal damage to multiple enemies with his ranged attacks, he also possesses the power to teleport short distances. If you find yourself on the opposite team from this great showman, don’t be surprised if he takes the opportunity to turn you into an impromptu semiconductor.”
Joan of Arc: “Known as The Maid of Orléans, this revolutionary figure is an invaluable ally thanks to her selfless support skills. In close combat, she uses her mastery of light to both deal damage to enemies and impart healing to teammates. As you will soon find out in the heat of battle, having this leading lady by your side is unquestionably preferable to going up against her.”
Little Red Riding Hood: “Don’t mistake Little Red Riding Hood for an innocent girl making her way back to grandma’s house. This fairytale fighter loves to get in the thick of the action and wields a sword that can cut even the biggest, baddest wolf down to size. Her brutal spinning slashes and charges are designed to hit multiple enemies at once, and her mastery of fire makes her too hot to handle for many a foe.”
Arena of Fate was confirmed to be playable at E3 2014, which takes place June 10-12 in Los Angeles. If you’re interested in signing up for the beta please visit the official official website. Can Crytek’s upcoming MOBA hold a candle to DOTA 2 and LoL? Tell us what you think about Arena of Fate in the comments section below.