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The Witcher: Battle Arena is a F2P Mobile MOBA
CD Projekt RED has announced The Witcher: Battle Arena, the studio’s first take on the MOBA genre and that too on Android, iOS, Windows tablets and other phone devices.
Boasting simplistic touchscreen controls, The Witcher: Battle Arena pits two teams in battle for control over three pillars set across a small map. Controlling two or more pillars helps you earn points, while the enemy teams’ points degrade. The first team to run out of points loses.
The mode is the likes of Domination from Call of Duty, Conquest from Battlefield 4 and Dominion from League of Legends.
A total of eight heroes, lifted across The Witcher universe, will be available in the beginning. That list includes The Witcher Letho of Gulet, Dwarven adventurer Zoltan Chivay, Sorceress Philippa Eilhart, Eithne of Brokilon, The Operator, Golem, Saskia of Aedirn and Iorveth.
In contrast to other popular MOBA titles, this one has no mobs and thus no farming during a match. The gameplay instead revolves around quick battles between the heroes only. Killing heroes grant you gold, with which you can purchase items from the shop at your base.
Every hero will have three skills, two common and one ultimate. The short respawn combined with the small map means there’s almost no downtime. Our match lasted about 10 minutes, which according to CD Projekt is the average.
“We believe right now mobile devices are powerful enough to sustain our vision and let us realise what we would like to see on the small screen of the iPad or Android device,” said Tadeusz Zieliński, creative analyst at CD Projekt RED. “We are missing something on tablets. Mostly there are casual games. There’s not many games that are aiming for the more adult audience: somebody who is a gamer- not necessarily a hardcore gamer but somebody who likes to play serious games.”
The Witcher: Battle Arena is scheduled for launch this fall and will be free-to-play. The developer notes that it will not be pay-to-win. While everything in the game can be earned through play, you can opt to spend real money to save time.