EA enters the MOBA arena with Dawngate 
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Geoffrey Tim
May 16, 2013 at 1:00 pm

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We’ve wondered before if perhaps the MOBA market – currently dominated by League of Legends, Heroes of Newerth and Dota 2 – was becoming a bit too crowded. There’s no way that even those three can be included in all eSports events, but it does seem that MOBA is the current genre du jour – with Smite, Sins of a Dark Age, Infinite Crisis, and even Blizzard All-Stars on the horizon. Well, add another to the list, because EA wants in on the MOBA action.

Dawngate is a new EA-published MOBA title developed by Waystone Games, who could well be the rebranded arm of Visceral’s Free-to-play studio.

What the dickens is Dawngate though? According to the game’s beta sign-up page:

Dawngate

Dawngate is a new MOBA, built from the ground up to look and feel familiar while offering a whole new way to experience MOBA gameplay. Dawngate empowers you to forge the champions you love for the roles you want in a competitive arena, shaped by ever-evolving, community-driven content and story.

It seems like just about everybody feels it needs a MOBA. Do you care? Do you think that the world just can’t do without even more MOBA action?

I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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  • Sargon

    I sincerely care about how little I care about these games. Thus I have made a post informing you all of how little I care. This sort of caring will go a long way with making developers realise that people like me (who genuinely care) honestly couldn’t care less. Unless, of course, developers start to care about the caring players, who will in turn care about caring. And may in fact start caring.

    The End.

    • CODDAMIT

      So……… you don’t care?

    • CrasH

      well they say caring is sharing?

    • DBL_ZA

      I care about the fact that I can only upvote once. This deserves more than one care

    • PointMan

      You win the interwebz today.

  • CrasH

    There are many shooting games and not all are WCG or Esport.
    Many racing, sports, RTS and platform.

    So another MOBA is the same to me as any other game.
    Will it get athe same following as the others, i don’t know, very late out the gate and same for all the others comming.

    We don’t play the shooters from 5 years ago, so maybe being a bit late could be a good thing too.

    • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.holliday.39 Matthew Holliday

      yeah, but we’re still playing the same mobas from 7-8 years ago.
      EAs moba wont survive, its not possible for them to steal users from the dota or LoL fanbase.

      unless its so unlike dota or LoL, that it wont have to, and pull fans from somewhere else.

    • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.holliday.39 Matthew Holliday

      yeah, but we’re still playing the same mobas from 7-8 years ago.
      EAs moba wont survive, its not possible for them to steal users from the dota or LoL fanbase.

      unless its so unlike dota or LoL, that it wont have to, and pull fans from somewhere else.

  • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    I’m really not a MOBA fan. I am trying (emphasis on trying) to get in to DOTA2 but I am just not a)grasping it b)feeling it.

    Maybe if I get better at it, it would be better?

    Either way I don’t think there is enough space in the industry for yet another MOBA game.

  • CODDAMIT

    Pass the crack pipe Geoffrey, other people also want to come up with nice and clever headers

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      Gotta admit that was funny

  • http://twitter.com/Kikmi Slade Boender

    Please. Please. EA just fuck right off. Please?

    • CODDAMIT

      T R O L L I N G

      • Admiral Chief Combat Engineer

        Agreed. OUT

      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        hahahaha! Nice troll pic

    • Admiral Chief Combat Engineer

      Hammer for you, OUT.

      • http://twitter.com/Kikmi Slade Boender

        OUT?? What? Was I playing? Im confused as to what Im out of #mew I want a do over

        • Admiral Chief Combat Engineer

          Some of us are still playing (those who haven’t gone OUT)
          Sorry, the practise/yellow card days have past.
          At least you vented right?

          • http://twitter.com/Kikmi Slade Boender

            no no wait what, no troll game? I DIDNT KNOW. I plee to the elders….

          • Admiral Chief Combat Engineer

            Its ok dude, late in the week anyway.

            Look out on Monday morning for next week’s achievement!

          • http://twitter.com/Kikmi Slade Boender

            crap. But again, I need a formal definition here so I know what not to do (and then do it anyway)

          • Admiral Chief Combat Engineer

            Heh, will do

  • Admiral Chief Combat Engineer

    Geoff is having the best header week EVER! This whole week should be dedicated to his awesome headers.

    UPVOTE for you sir, indeed

    • http://www.idontlikegamingiloveit.com Tateboetie Malaaitie

      The header image has always been strong with that one.

    • http://www.idontlikegamingiloveit.com Tateboetie Malaaitie

      The header image has always been strong with that one.

    • That Tall Twit

      :-/

      • Admiral Chief Combat Engineer

        Heh, but no, not trolling, have you seen his headers this week? I mean Geoff lands the odd gem now and then, but this week he churns them out one after the other

  • Trevor Davies

    This kind of follow-the-leader stuff happens in all the entertainment-related industries, because they see one guy making millions & believe that if they copy that formula they’ll automatically make millions too.

    It can work in single-player games pretty easily, but multiplayer is a whole different story because you have to get whole game communities to shift from one title to another. How many people have branded their MMOs as WoW-killers but they were anything but?

  • Trevor Davies

    This kind of follow-the-leader stuff happens in all the entertainment-related industries, because they see one guy making millions & believe that if they copy that formula they’ll automatically make millions too.

    It can work in single-player games pretty easily, but multiplayer is a whole different story because you have to get whole game communities to shift from one title to another. How many people have branded their MMOs as WoW-killers but they were anything but?

  • caponeil

    Nah – Ill stick to Dota thank you – definitely wont play an EA MOBA anyway!

  • Johan du Preez

    lol there is only 1 moba and thats DOTA/DOTA2 :)

    The rest is to late in the scene and LoL graphics annoys me :P