Taking a similar trajectory as the FPS arms race that has occurred over the past 15 years, the MOBA genre is starting to get real crowded, with very few discernible features between competing titles. The top dogs, League of Legends and DotA made the genre what it is today, and now that other publishers have seen how unbelievably successful these games have been, they are quick to enter the fray and bring their own similar titles to market.
The latest entrant is the Waystone Games-developed and EA published Dawngate. Lets watch the video and then judge (possibly harshly):
As you can see this is a very familiar looking game. The colors are bright, the characters are stylized and the maps are lush with greenery and foliage. All of this is well and good until you realize that its predecessors contain more aesthetically pleasing visuals, particularly League of Legends.
I am thinking they will need to tweak the generic look of the game in order to truly differentiate themselves, but maybe this is not their prerogative at the moment. It does seem that it should be though, because the play mechanics also look quite similar to that of their main competitors as well. Granted, I would rather have a strong gameplay experience than an innovative look at this point.
That being said, there are a lot of cool features within Dawngate that could help separate this new entrant from the pack, including Spirit Wells, interesting UI innovations, and the ability to take over areas of the map in order to generate harvesters,…..but will these be enough to take down the titans of the genre?
To find out the answer to this question, and to see if this MOBA is worth getting into, the open beta starts on May 24th. Sign up at the Waystone Games website.
Let us know what you think of Dawngate and if it has a chance to compete with the genre leaders!