Dead Island 3 is a Free-to-Play MOBA

dead-island-epidemic-bannerWait. What?

No, that’s not a typo or a joke, I think. Third installment in the Dead Island franchise, to be called Dead Island: Epidemic, will not be a co-op first-person shooter but will instead be Deep Silver’s entry into the Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) genre.

This seems like a bit of a cynical move by Deep Silver. Since they’re a bit of a volume publisher, in that they seem to favour quantity of games released over quality, launching a MOBA based on a popular franchise seems like a quick cash-in on a popular genre which owes its popularity to the likes of League of Legends and, to a lesser extent, Dota 2.

Deep Silver say they’ll have details later in the month at Gamescom. For now, we’re left with plenty of questions about what they are calling a ZOMBA. Yes, they’ve dubbed the MOBA genre “Zombie Online Multiplayer Battle Arena” for their own game.

The official press release says that the gameplay will feature three teams against each other in a fight for survival. Presumably, they’re trying to fight off zombies and other survivors to be the last team standing. At least I hope fighting zombies is somehow important to gameplay rather than being an obstacle in an otherwise a generic MOBA. It would be nice if DI:E would introduce some unique mechanics around the zombies but I’m not holding out much hope.


About Steve Murray

Steve is the founder and editor of The Lowdown Blog and et geekera. On The Lowdown Blog, he often writes about motorsports, hockey, politics and pop culture. Over on et geekera, Steve writes about geek interests and lifestyle. Steve is on Twitter at @TheSteveMurray.

Posted on August 9, 2013, in Games and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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