EA Hopping On The Free-To-Play MOBA Train With Dawngate

It’s certainly been a busy week for Electronic Arts between announcing a new DICE studio in LA and also promising to dump Online Passes for future titles.  We’re not quite done with this EA journey as the last piece of big news from this company involves a rising genre.

Yesterday, EA announced a new free to play fantasy MOBA title called Dawngate from a new developer called Waygate Studios.  The page doesn’t give much information on the title outside a block of text which promises to introduce a whole new way to experience MOBA gameplay.  It also makes it seem like players will be able to customize or create characters around roles they’d like to play.  If you have an Origin account, you’re also able to register for a beta sometime this year as well.

For those that don’t know, MOBA’s (Multiplayer online battle arena) are a team based game where players control a single character through a real time strategy style interface.  Working as a team, players try to destroy the other teams structures until they take their base while being assisted by NPC characters periodically.  This genre was made popular first by custom games like Defense of the Ancients and Aeon of Strife created through map editors of Warcraft III and even StarCraft.

We still are not 100% sure who Waygate is exactly but speculation points to this developer being an off shoot of Visceral and their “free to play” group.  So far there’s no information on the studio.  Since we’re now just a few short weeks from E3, my guess is that the big reveal will be coming then.

So what do you think?  Is this MOBA crazy kicked off by League of Legends and DOTA 2 getting a bit out of hand, or is there room for another?

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