Frankenstein And Joan of Arc Duke It Out In This Online Battle Game

If you like the sound of "Joan of Arc and Robin Hood cooperating to hunt down Little Red Riding Hood," then Crytek has the game for you.

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The studio behind Crysis just announced a new Dota-esque online multiplayer game called Arena of Fate that lets two teams of five band together and duke it out as iconic characters from history and fantasy including Frankenstein (I assume they mean Dr. Frankenstein's monster), Jack The Ripper, Nikola Tesla, and even Baron von Münchhausen.

Baron von Münchhausen! Definitely haven't seen enough of that guy lately.

The trailer is pretty short, but charming nonetheless:

Crytek said they'll be bringing the game to E3 this year, so look for more information next month. You can apply for the Arena of Fate beta here.

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Do these games do well? The problem with the MOBA genre is that people who play one MOBA are unlikely to want to switch. As it's a niche genre to begin with, it seems you'd hit market saturation pretty fast.

Like, I sort of want to try Smite - it seems interesting. But when I only have 2 hours a night to devote to games, it means I probably am not going to bother. Two games of DOTA 2, a game I know how to play, or 2 games of SMITE a game where I'm likely to be harassed and belittled for not knowing how to play.

I guess that's two separate issues but still, I don't know that I'll be surprised when some of these MOBAs start disappearing.