EA’s latest foray into the MOBA genre, the fantasy-themed battler Dawngate, has been announced, though the publisher has revealed few details.
The title is being developed by a new studio by the name of Waystone Games, who (from their domain data) appear to be wholly-owned by EA. The website copy says players will “forge the champions you love for the roles you want” and promises an “ever-evolving, community-driven content and story.”
The new studio seems to be drawing its employees from elsewhere in EA, with senior producer Dave Cerra (Darkspore, Thrillville), narrative designer Chris L’Etoile (Elder Scrolls Online, Mass Effect series, Asheron’s Call series) and Audio Director Caleb Epps (Rock Band series) all having moved there since the beginning of the year.
The MOBA is a genre derived from a single Warcraft III map, Defense of the Ancients, but which has spawned the awfully-profitable League of Legends, Heroes of Newerth and DOTA 2. The MOBA bandwagon is creakingly-overloaded, with all the major publishers hopping aboard. Sega is releasing Total War: Arena alongside Total War: Rome II. Blizzard has its own Blizzard All-Stars (we’re betting it’ll release into open beta in 2014), Warner Bros has Infinite Crisis and Guardians of Middle Earth. Petroglyph is releasing Rise of the Immortals, Hi-Rez has Smite, Ironclad has Sins of a Dark Age… and it goes on.
Notably, this isn’t EA’s advent into the MOBA field – that honor goes to the recently departed Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heoes, which closed on March 29th, 2013.