EA's MOBA Dawngate gets first early details, Beta Starts Friday

Michael Dunaway
By Michael Dunaway, News Editor
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EA joined the bandwagon last week with the announcement of their upcoming MOBA Dawngate and one could instantly feel the collective groan of a thousand gamers. Obviously, the question was never "if" EA would make a MOBA, but "when" EA would do so. I think the most surprising aspect of the announcement is that it took them this long to do so.

There weren't many details available for Dawngate when the website went live, but a new video from Machinima gives us our first look of the mechanics within. Some of the highlights of the video include a heavy focus on lore, only two creep lanes, secondary objectives, regenerating towers and evolving minions.

Secondary objectives come in the way of spirit wells which are situated off the beaten path and serve as capturable points which produce minions that harvest resources much in the same way workers in a traditional RTS do. These workers produce gold for your team and can be killed by the enemy in order to disrupt the flow of income. If no workers are left the enemy can then capture the point and begin producing income from that spirit well.

The minions and towers are also becoming less static in Dawngate. Towers which are called "Bindings" in Dawngate, serve as both traditional defensive installations and inhibitors. If an enemy's tower is destroyed a specific allied minion called a Strider (essentially the tank unit of the creep wave) powers up and gains additional stats and abilities. This can happen multiple times as Bindings are taken out putting increased pressure on the respective lane. However, Bindings slowly rebuild themselves overtime which will allow players to regain some control over a lane and "rebind" the Striders, removing their unlocked power. Hopefully, this leads to closer games and fewer runaways which are often caused by one team's early game dominance.

All these things sounds fine and dandy, but whether these changes amount to a new MOBA experience players want to play is another discussion point entirely. Personally, I feel as though the controls and responsiveness of the characters is a key part of a MOBAs success and something most new MOBA developers (SMITE withstanding) do not give enough attention to.

I suppose we won't have to wait too long to find out how it plays. The beta is set to begin this Friday, May 24th. If you wanted to sign up for the beta you can do so here.

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Michael Dunaway
Michael Dunaway, News Editor
Michael Dunaway has been part of the MMOBomb team for years and has covered practically every major Free-to-Play title since 2009.

Discussion (24)

Victor 9 years ago
The design seems nice. Definetely gonna try it out.

Survical 9 years ago
Yep... Already signed up for the beta gonna wait gonna test it out since some people are doing this with there blood, sweat and tears and just looks formidable

kiwithefox 9 years ago
The biggest problem with MOBA´s today is, that they try to copy the idea of the original DOTA, but only that (2 teams, towers, grass, items, heroes. To keep it short) or they just copy everything (heroes, their skills, how the mechanic of them work and so on) and fail in creating something new for themself.
I really think, the genre itself could use something more than that.
Its like RPGs would only try to copy Diablo, without something new or innovative for itself.
The game here shows potential on the side of map design and map dynamics.
But somehow I fear, maybe thats only because the style is really cartoony, that the rest might be MOBA for babies in gameplay.
The thing is, that most 'hardcore' players really want to be challenged.
There need be more than a few overpowered characters with strong skills, if the game dont provide counters for that through items and gameplay.
The great thing about DOTA was, that every hero was special for himself and his skills, but even more for the possibility to build him for different situations.
If this MOBA is not able to implement this, as so much others failed already, than its not even worth a try.
But the preview so far said nothing about this, so we have to wait for beta and see for ourselfs, before we call a game a waste of time.

GamingMaster 9 years ago
why is everyone making MOBA's? They suck they are the most useless genre ...

Why not make a first person shooter?

frombelow 9 years ago
I hear like some stupidly harsh comments from above, it sounds like children chattering like idiots to me, do they even know what they are talking about? or do they just think they know whats going on and pretend like a know-it-all???, in the video waay above, I hear maturity and consideration involve compared to whats happening in the comments section here, such a BIG difference. geez >.<

Kimwer 9 years ago
I'll stick to DotA 2 and Smite, thank you very much.

me 9 years ago
I am perfectly fine with a dota or lol clone only if its 100% worth the play. i go between dota lol all the time and never get bored. hon is amazing too.

Draugen 9 years ago
i will try this one out for sure

Derpy 9 years ago
STOP ~!!!

Extasist 9 years ago
I see that this moba going for LoL style of gameplay and its worst decisions they will do, they should go for something more seriuos then 2 meters tall hero hides in 50 cm tall grass that just stupid, at least dota have dynamic view range, where you can hide behind trees and stuff like that. now it looks like cartoony lol copy.

because 9 years ago
Give it a shot...there are real people who put there blood sweat tears and creativity into this one.

iluvgamez 9 years ago
lol....and one more MOBA. Way to late EA. U suck more and more. The last new Moba i tried was this "Prime World" and for sure, it was the last one. Such a waste of time this game and so are all the other new ones. How hard can it be to copy a game?
Anyways. Just give up EA. Your company gos downhill. Save up the money u made and have a good life.

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Andy 9 years ago
I think this will end up as another MOBA met with mediocre success. There's already a ton of MOBA games and it's going to be incredibly difficult to compete with LoL and Dota 2. Basically, the genre is too saturated for anything short of amazing to be successful.

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