CD Projekt RED Annnounces Free Mobile MOBA The Witcher Battle Arena, Coming Q4 2014
Back in January, CD Projekt RED announced The Witcher Adventure Game, a tabletop game that will be getting a PC and mobile version. But apparently that's not the only mobile Witcher game in the works. Today, CD Projekt RED announced that it'll be entering the world of free mobile gaming with The Witcher Battle Arena, "a fast, fun and accessible MOBA game based in the Witcher universe." Battle Arena has been designed with mobile devices in mind, combining "great accessibility and a balanced learning curve with complex tactics and a limitless array of skill-based strategies gamers can deploy during each battle." Most importantly, CD Projekt RED is determined to put fun before profit – every piece of in-game content can be unlocked via gameplay, with microtransactions simply allowing players to unlock certain items faster. According to Creative Analyst Tadek Zielinski, "Battle Arena is all about skill and dedication, and we've spent hundreds of hours planning to make it a paragon of fairness in mobile gaming."
So how does the game play out? "In the Arena, six heroes battle it out to the death, trying to capture and hold three conquest points in short, intense and action-packed skirmishes." Battle Arena offers a 3v3 PvP mode, a co-op mode against "mischievous bots," and yes, even the ability to "play alone if your Internet decides to take the day off." As of now, there are eight heroes planned, each with their own unique skills and tactics: Eithne of Brokilon, Philippa Eilhart, The Golem, Iorveth, Letho of Gulet, The Operator, Saskia of Aedirn, and Zoltan Chivay. Be sure to check the official site for detailed information on each hero.
The Witcher Battle Arena is scheduled to launch sometimes in Q4 2014 on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Windows Tablets, "with free future updates planned to expand the game both in terms of number of characters, gameplay modes and more." While CD Projekt RED designed the game, development duties fall to fellow Polish studio Fuero Games.
Source: Press Release and Official Site