CD Projekt Red has announced that The Witcher: Battle Arena, the studio’s first take on the MOBA genre, will release for iOS and Android devices on January 22, 2015.
The free-to-play game pits two teams in a battle to control over three pillars set across a small map.
Boasting simplistic touchscreen controls, players are tasked with making sure their team is in control of at least two or more pillars in order to earn points. Doing so also ensures that the other team has its points degrading. The first team to run out of points loses.
Players will have access to a total of eight heroes from The Witcher universe: The Witcher Letho of Gulet, Dwarven adventurer Zoltan Chivay, Sorceress Philippa Eilhart, Eithne of Brokilon, The Operator, Golem, Saskia of Aedirn and Iorveth.
Every hero has three skills, two common and one ultimate. The short respawn combined with the small map means there’s almost no downtime. According to the developer, a single match can average mere ten minutes of gameplay.
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.
The Witcher: Battle Arena ran a closed beta last year which ended in late November. In a couple of months we’re also expecting the release of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, one of the most anticipated titles of the year.