Free-to-play shooters are nothing new. Neither are MOBAs. But a combination of the two? That’s crazy talk!
Hero Mode in Aeria Games’ upcoming Soldier Front 2 will pit two teams of five players against each other in classic MOBA fashion, sent to destroy the enemy’s – er, “object.” That’s what they call it on the website, but I’m sure they’ll come up with a cooler name, like “Subspacial Dimensional Rift.” Or maybe it’s a “Legendary Taco Stand.” Don’t come between elite soldiers and their tacos!
In addition to other players, you’ll have to deal with wave after wave of alien minions, known as Xanthids, described as “extraterrestrial creatures that escaped from an Andromeda prison colony.” With a background like that, you know they’ll be hungry for blood (and maybe tacos).
Other Xanthid-related missions include a co-op Defense mode, which tasks four players with mass alien extermination, and a PvP mode that casts one team in the role of the Xanthids, who can choose from a stealth-based melee class, a fast bomber class, or a ranged-projectile class.
Soldier Front 2 also offers standard PvP missions, such as deathmatch, bombing run, and capture the taco – er, point. Capture the point. Aeria Games is currently taking beta signups on the game’s site.
It’s interesting to see the MOBA genre be expanded to something beyond the typical top-down view and with FPS mechanics (sorry, Smite). With as many MOBAs as there are out there – with more to come, a topic we discussed in last week’s F2P Cast – developers will have to come up with new ideas to get people into their games.
Are you interested in checking out Soldier Front 2? And what do you think would be a neat new direction for MOBAs to take? Leave a comment below and let us know!