The strategy masters at Petroglyph Games take a stab at online action with Rise of the Immortals, a free-to-play Multiplayer Online Battle Arena game aimed at both casual and competitive MOBA players.

Much like Riot Games' League of Legends or Stunlock Studios' Bloodline Champions, Rise of the Immortals will put players in control of a powerful champion, taking on other players in mouse-based arena combat. It's the sort of competitive multiplayer us older players can really get behind as we grow too stiff for competitive first-person shooters.

What sets Rise of the Immortals apart from other games in the genre? For one, Immortals gain experience points as you play them that stay with you throughout your RotI career. You level up your characters, unlocking new skills, as opposed to other games in which leveling is limited to one battle only.

It's this persistence, along with a strong focus on the social aspect of online play, which makes Rise of the Immortals something new in the genre.

"Many people at Petroglyph are huge fans of MOBA gameplay, so developing Rise of Immortals was truly a passion project for the studio," said Steve Wetherill, executive producer of Rise of Immortals for Petroglyph. "We recognize that there can be a high barrier to entry in current MOBA games on the market, and we wanted to expand the genre with a title that offers new features that will appeal both to current fans, as well as those who are new to this type of game."

To overcome that high barrier, Rise of the Immortals features plenty of single-player and player-versus-environment content for timid newcomers to enjoy, leveling up their characters outside of the competition before taking the battle online.

It sounds lovely. It looks lovely. And hell, it's free. Head over to the Rise of the Immortals website today to check out screens, read up on the game, and sign up for the upcoming closed beta test.