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.

Thanks Polygon.

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  1. GamingMaster on August 14, 2013

    Will this be a FPS/MOBA ?

  2. WTB POMBA (Pokemon Online Multiplayer Battle Arena). All the rest are wasting their time.

  3. Vanquish on August 10, 2013

    Whats with the flipping MOBAS! I really hate that game mode… Why not make it a multiplayer version of the first game and end with it…

    • Smashingharbor on August 12, 2013

      All multiplayer modes on every game are arena combat, unless is cooperative on a story line, or unless its a racing game

  4. Moba QQ master on August 9, 2013

    Da mobas omfg da mobs! WHY MOBAS! Jk Arena combat is awesome and has been the basis of all multiplayer combat systems since forever

    • Bic Boi on August 10, 2013

      To paraphrase : Durrr arena combat was da furst so is da bezt too.

  5. Kalvin on August 8, 2013

    You have to keep in mind that just because it’s MOBA doesn’t mean there’s going to be tower taking. The game could be anything. It can stand for Arena based. The first thing that came to mind was a zombie apocalypse map that had three teams, each fighting for food, water, and supplies. Maybe the zombies are all scattered around, roaming, but there are the super zombies too. Each team can raid another’s for supples after farming for supplies, weapons, skills, etc, because in dead island we level up killing zombies rewarding ourselves with skill points. It’s gotta be something to that extent.

    Really interested to see how this turns out.

  6. norb on August 8, 2013

    really how many mobas can one get… if this continues there will be more mobas than any other f2p games…

  7. Kim on August 8, 2013

    I feel like this will be a hit and miss.
    Or you know… a clear miss.

  8. TheGamer on August 8, 2013

    You got to be kidding me…

  9. asura tech genius on August 8, 2013

    What can go wrong if you’ll combine most hated today genre and setting? Zombies and moba sounds so silly that I’m going to check it out, still deep silver is good (at least while im waiting for thief).

    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.

  10. Navid Arafat on August 8, 2013

    a moba with 3 teams of players? o.O

  11. vixion on August 8, 2013

    all your comments are giving me cancer all of you have no idea what you are saying DONT LIKE MOBAS DONT PLAY IT!!! EASY

    • Bic Boi on August 10, 2013

      So your logic is that if you dislike something you should ignore it. I suppose you’re the kind of person that also advocates the idea that criticism is always negative and isn’t needed for the continued improvement and development of games then? Don’t be a tool.

  12. REAL gamer on August 8, 2013

    What’s wrong with more mobas? are you guys retarded? it’s not like you have to play all of them… anyway this sounds good i can’t wait to see what they come up with.

    • Bic Boi on August 10, 2013

      Oh high and mighty “REAL” gamer, please give unto us your untold ideals of what a “real” gamer is. With a name like that I can already tell you enjoy being a sanctimonious, self-righteous loser–but do allow me to explain just what is wrong with /more/ mobas. Have you seen the front page of this website over the last few weeks? Aside from the F2P podcasts and the occasional bit of news concerning a studio or two, almost everything announced has been MOBA related.

      There has been a proverbial flood of MOBAs lately and it shows no sign of slowing down because everyone has the “me too” syndrome. People are legitimately concerned that if this nonsense keeps up that the genre will stagnate. I only need to point to other genres with mass releases of the samey stuff like FPS games to make that point clear. The fact of the matter is minor changes or “innovations” are only relevant if they are done well and set themselves apart from other games..which in a genre as limited mechanic-wise as MOBAs are is bound to create a ton of samey games that are about as different as Pokemon Red and Blue were.

      In short; people have a legitimate and well-founded concern that these developers, who only see $$, are going to exploit the hell out of the genre until it becomes as common and bland as anything else. They are not “retarded” for worrying that MOBAs will become the next Sonic the Hedgehog with a slew of garbage releases and nothing to show for it.

  13. GamingMaster on August 8, 2013

    Are they stupid? we have more MOBA games than any other genre … STOP MAKING MOBA’s for the love of god!!!! 🙁

    • REAL gamer on August 8, 2013

      you must be retarded for sure. there’s way more FPS or MMORPG than there is mobas… you are a sad person please go back in your basement and don’t come out again

  14. Bic Boi on August 8, 2013

    MOBAs are getting dangerously close to the same saturation as FPS games; a dime a dozen. When was the last time anything but an MMORPG or MOBA was announced here? I can’t even remember. What the fruck happened to puzzle games? Fighting games? Sci-fi? Does anyone even give a shit about steam punk anymore?

    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.

    • chefmadness on August 8, 2013

      I totally AGREE! Some of my favorite games are steam punk, SciFi & aftermath. Hell Gate Global, Fallen Earth, City of Steam, STO, The Secret World, Just to name a few. They may not be the best but way different than any other game out there & that is why I keep playing. Games like Neverwinter can take a shit as far as I am concerned only 6 powers to use. If I have any toon development at all in a game I want all of my powers in my hot bar all the time so I can use them. Also i think way to many PC games are steering away from the mouse & keyboard. If I want to play a console game i would not have built a PC gaming rig & sold my consoles. I could rant all day about this stuff. Wish I had 2million bucks to make my own game I would have all gamers hooked.

      • Bic Boi on August 10, 2013

        ” If I want to play a console game i would not have built a PC gaming rig & sold my consoles.”

        Broseph, I am so glad to see those words. I could go on for hours about the PC vs console war and the homogenization of games. But still, glad to see someone has some sense still. Props.

  15. Zalteck on August 8, 2013

    Can’t companies move on now..? I cant help but feel that MOBAs are slowly turning out the same way as the browser based city builder did…

  16. CptPuddingBearZ on August 8, 2013

    hmmm neat…I’ll try it

  17. LordHikaru on August 7, 2013

    moba… kinda put a sour taste in my mouth since I can’t really get into them… Why couldn’t it of been an open world MMO? lol.

  18. IahEden on August 7, 2013

    Eh, I’ll give it a chance. Just because the market is so oversaturated with MOBAs right now doesn’t mean it will definitely be bad.. Okay,seeing another MOBA announcement is admittedly a bit irritating, but there is no need to condemn it before the darn thing is even released.

  19. Taurisaur on August 7, 2013

    ROFL why are these company making even more moba ?

  20. We already know league of legends is the best moba out there. Not even trolling. There are soooo many players

    • Skullheart on August 7, 2013

      That may be true,but you can’t judge it on amount of players.The reason they have so many is because it was one of the first.Back then there weren’t a lot of choices.I bet some of those players either went to DOTA 2 or Smite.

  21. HellcatM on August 7, 2013

    I wish I could go back in time and kick the guys ass who developed the moba. This is going way to far. Tons of shooters I can understand but almost every moba I’ve played is like every other moba I’ve played. Smite and Super Monday Night Combat are two that are different and I even got bored of them.

  22. MorbidDesire on August 7, 2013

    Oh. My. God. This is gonna be bad bad bad.

  23. stop QQing about mobas on August 7, 2013

    why do you people cry about mobas coming out. if it is not moba, then what? you can just say the same for omg another mmorpg, omg another fps. the genre doesnt matter as long as it is a good game. and nobody know anything about the game yet, so why tears? QQQQQQQQQQQ you people just like to complain about everything

    • Skullheart on August 7, 2013

      You can’t really say that too much about rpg’s anymore.There really weren’t too many of those that came out this year.Most of the releases this year were fps or Moba’s.And you make it sound like all of us are complaining,yet what are you doing? Politely criticizing?

      As far as the three teams go,I think each team will start off in their own base,opposite from each other.Im ok with the zombies being the creeps at that point,seeing as how everyone will be humans and the zombies will immediately go after you if they see you,just like a “real” zombie.I also think what they mean by “competing” is that the teams will either fight towards the same goal or will have the ability to fight each other while heading towards a goal.It has potential to be a decent moba,but they have to pull it off right.

      • there is a bunch of rpg and fps and moba that is coming out. people just like to complain because its moba. when a bunch of rpg or fps comes out last year or year before, people complained not another fps/rpg. I am simply mocking people that complain. I can say you are complaining about my complain, which leads to nowhere.

  24. Skullheart on August 7, 2013

    I hate that it’s a MOBA,but the funny thing is that it might be more successful then it’s console counterpart.I’m kinda of interested to see what they mean by “Three teams”

  25. ThcMonkee on August 7, 2013

    I giggled.

    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.

  26. Game Of Drones on August 7, 2013

    Oh my god another MOBA. Just what the world needs! A new MOBA hasn’t been announced in what…10 days?

    • Gamer X on August 12, 2013

      not more than 2 days and another one came ..

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  28. Berney on August 7, 2013

    I saw this post and thought it was gonna be a new Dead Island game. All i got was another MOBA. When are game company’s going to realize that making a MOBA 5 years ago was better. Now? No, there are 20+ being made daily. Next MMOBomb post is going to be Nintendo announcing Pikmin 4: POMBA. (Pikmin Online Multiplayer Battle Arena)

    • Something-Nazi on August 7, 2013

      uhh… You mean Pokemon, right? I know you’re making a joke but, pikmin?

      • Never Less on August 7, 2013

        You might want to do some research before posting, yes he meant pikmin, although its not as popular as pokemon but mostly everyone knows what is pikmin. So yea his joke was valid

        On the other note, it would actually be fun to see a pokemon game on pc, damn i dont care even if it would be moba as long as its decent.

        • Hmm on August 10, 2013

          I’d have to agree with you. Would be nice to play a pokemon game on the PC. Even better a new Pikmin.

    • DeadIsland on August 9, 2013

      Look up dying light if ur interested in a new dead island

  29. TRB on August 7, 2013

    So… Another MOBA huh?

  30. Smashingharbor on August 7, 2013

    Honsestly this sounds really great

    • paidfool on August 7, 2013

      REally!!!! you heard nothing about the game and it sounds great? SCrew off you f tard

      • paidparody on August 8, 2013

        REally!!!! you heard nothing about the game and it sounds bad? SCrew off you f tard

        • aymendj on August 8, 2013

          Really ? You know nothing about this guy and he’s a f tard ? …. that’s lame dude.

          • Smashingharbor on August 8, 2013

            I know its the first original moba idea in ages, Its 3 teams vs eachother while trying to survive a zombie apocalypse, and i loved the dead island games, and im a avid moba player so yes THIS SOUNDS GREAT TO ME, so right here your the f*cking tard

          • paidintern on August 14, 2013

            ReaLLy!? You think you know that he knows nothing about this guy? Maybe he is a f tard. And you’re lame!

          • Smashingharbor on August 16, 2013

            first is what him posting as paidfool now hes posting as paidintern

            This guy is such a fuc*ing retard, Someone literally has no life lol

  31. wh....why on August 7, 2013

    wh…why? th..this is a joke right? RIGHT? the game wasnt even good and now they making a moba? its like they are trying their best to go bankrupt

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