LawBreakers – MOBA Shooters a new norm

LawBreakersGears of War designer Cliff Bleszinski has unveiled a new game, LawBreakers, that will be a free-to-play multiplayer shooter. LawBreakers will be the first release from the new studio Boss Key, and it’s being described as a, “five-on-five, team-based shooter where law enforcement squares off against criminals”. In a similar vein to what we have seen from Overwatch, Battleborn, and Gigantic, it has clear MOBA influences with a dynamic cast of characters to choose from. There are some things in the gameplay trailer that have me excited, but given how many other titles are falling into this new category I have some concerns. Continue reading

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Why MOBA’s are important

gigantic gameIf you haven’t been paying attention you may have missed the fact that MOBA’s, or Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas, have become insanely popular. Games like League of Legends, Heroes of the Storm, and Defense of the Ancients pull in massive player bases as well as huge viewership on Twitch. Up to this point it has not been a genre or game type that has managed to get any traction on consoles, but that is about to change. Smite recently launched a closed and open beta on Xbox One, and it seems to be doing very well. There are also titles on the horizon like Gigantic, an Xbox One exclusive, and Battleborn, which hasn’t really promoted itself as a MOBA, but clearly has setup it’s characters and multiplayer around the MOBA format. So why is this game type important? Continue reading