The rush into the MOBA arena continues. This time, it’s Gearbox Software. GameInformer showed off the cover of their August issue today. The game’s called Battleborn and is inspired by the insanely popular MOBA genre.
There does seem to be a few differences according to the GameInformer article. First up, it’s an FPS. Gearbox is also including a 5 player co-op campaign centered around “the last star in the cosmos.” The MOBA’s traditional 5 on 5 team-based multiplayer is in Battleborn and is called Incursion.
“Rival battleborn hunt one another in lush jungles and arid deserts while robotic NPC minions wage an ongoing tug-of-war. Players start on a level playing field at the beginning of each match, progressing along a streamlined skill path up to level 20 filled with customizable abilities that unlock a variety of different play styles. “
Yep, sounds like a MOBA to me.
Battleborn is slated for release before the close of Take-Two’s (they own Gearbox Software) 2016 fiscal year. That’s sometime before March 31, 2016. This is Gearbox’s first game coming to PC and exclusively to current gen systems.
Check out the trailer below.
Talk about an uphill battle. The MOBA genre is dominated by two heavy weights. League of Legends and DOTA 2. Some have jumped into the genre and carved out their own niches. Smite immediately comes to mind.
Jumping into the MOBA genre now feels just like everyone’s pretty much failed attempts at chasing World of Warcraft.
Gearbox does have a couple of things working in their favor with Battleborn. A campaign mode and being a FPS does help differentiate it from traditional MOBAs.
Some of the wording (“retail release”) in GameInfromer’s article suggests Battleborn will not be free to play. That could be an instant deal breaker for the legions of DOTA 2 and League of Legends fans.
It’s an interesting take on the MOBA genre. Some gameplay footage should help give people a better idea of how Battleborn plays. What’s your thoughts on today’s announcement? Let us know in the comments below.
Image: GameInformer Cover