BRAINS: Dead Island MOBA Coming Soon
A Dead Island MOBA? I can't help but feel that publisher Deep Silver just fired off a pair of darts at the "Current Gaming Trends" dartboard when coming up with the third game in the Dead Island series. We've certainly had our share of MOBAs and zombie games lately. I suppose it was only a matter of time before the two came together and made some sort of superfluous love child.
The game, entitled Dead Island: Epidemic, will be a free-to-play MOBA pitting three teams against each other while fighting to survive the zombie onslaught. Deep Silver assures us the game will stay true to the Dead Island franchise's elements, even referring to the game as a ZOMBA, or Zombie Online Multiplayer Battle Arena. Fitting since it incites the kind of instinctive guttural zombie groan one would now expect from yet another MOBA announcement.
No word on whether Techland -the developers of the previous two Dead Island titles- will be returning to the helm for Epidemic. Deep Silver plans on releasing more info about the MOBA later this month at Gamescom.
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Really interested to see how this turns out.
Or you know... a clear miss.
Guys, C'mon, it's grindhouse :) "hobo with a shotgun" was doing exploitation thing, but did it right. I'm just hopping deep silver won't go "serious" about it and will work a decent moba fundamental that maybe, just maybe, in the future they can work on, for something better.
It seems like all anyone gives a frelling damn about in this age is typical military shooters, generic fantasy games and the occasional zombie game that comes along with it's ever-so-innovative splinter cell copycat gameplay (I'm looking at you Last of Us). The industry is getting horribly stagnant.
But once I'v was done I noticed that this might actually be cool.
What a lot of people fail to understand is that MOBA is a genre. The problem that MOBAs have is the same problem that any other genre have, lack of imagination. The market is over saturated with any particular genre as much as it is with the lack of innovation.
Noticing that this particular game plans to have three teams and if zombies stay true to their nature by attacking anyone, meaning they don't belong to any team like creeps do in other games, it seams that Dead Island: Epidemic just might end up to be original and refreshing spin to an already stale genre. It might not be a product of dart tossing, but rather a product of brain storming.
We should give this one a benefit of a doubt, it's all I'm saying.