Oh god I swear I am not doing this on purpose. Somewhere the stars have aligned and through them, a horde of developers have risen up with one voice and said “we must make more MOBAs!” We certainly aren’t actively trying to pursue only MOBA related news here at MMOBomb. It has simply been the primary F2P news as of late. 2013 is for MOBAs as 2012 was for shooters it seems.
At this year’s ongoing GDC 2013 conference Creative Assembly, the developers best known for their massive RTS series Total War have announced a new addition to the franchise: Total War Arena, a Free-to-Play multiplayer-focused MOBA with RTS elements.
PCGamer, was kind enough to provide the source of the information, showcasing an image of a presentation slide which lists several features for the game including team sizes (10v10), the desire for a more streamlined action-oriented design, only three specialized unit types, and “massive progression”. With Total War’s focus on large scale confrontations, it’s not hard to imagine literally hundreds of units per player clashing in battles with literally thousands of other units. The immediate thought of a large PvP focused Total War makes me think of World of Battles, which unabashedly brings in the scale of war from the TW series and places it in a multiplayer only fantasy universe.
Creative Assembly has already began asking for players to begin signing up for Arena’s closed beta here.