STATES CHRONICLE – The world of MOBA is about to get bigger, as Epic released a trailer for their new game ‘Paragon’, featuring an action-packed trailer with stunning visuals. During the PlayStation Experience conference held by Sony, Epic Games made sure to offer the audience a look into their next launch.
‘Paragon’ was announced in November, and gamers were given a short taste on what the experience would be like through various characters. However, there was confusion surrounding the developer’s overuse of the word MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena). It already had people speculating of what kind of world Epic Games prepared for them.
When you think Epic Games, your mind will likely shoot to ‘Gears of War’ or the ‘Unreal Tournament’ franchise. However, at the mention of MOBA, most gamers would likely imagine titles such as popular ‘League of Legends’ or ‘Dota 2’, both of whom have made a name for themselves in the gaming community. In fact, the two have well attended competitions, professional players, a big audience, and an astounding prize for the winners that can actually range to millions of dollars.
Epic Games showed their cinematic trailer, which looked indeed epic for their shooter/MOBA upcoming game. Blasts, magic, technology, teamwork, force, and stealth seemed well a part of it.
After the showing, it was also assumed that the cinematic trailer showed the polished side of the game, an outlook on the story through a stunning video. The real gameplay wouldn’t really look like that, right? Wrong. Epic Games revealed that the in-game engine was used in the makings of the cinematic trailer. This means that the visuals within the actual game were not that much different from what gamers have seen for the ‘movie version’ of its content.
According to Epic Games, their clarifications, and what they have shown so far to the public, ‘Paragon’ seems like a traditional MOBA. It will feature a 5 vs. 5 arena, a jungle map with the three lanes, towers, bases, and, of course, minions. All players will be able to choose a character as their ‘Hero’ from an ever-growing roster, each with an unique set of abilities. It would make for variety in gameplay, depending on strategy and combinations.
Epic Games also mentioned cards and decks that would aid players in adding a more strategic twist to ‘Paragon’. Unfortunately, they did not elaborate on that point, but more is expected next year.
Another aspect that makes ‘Paragon’ set aside from the traditional MOBA is its third-person look. Epic Games moved the camera from the ‘heavens’ where the player often stands, and shifted it right behind their character. The developer pointed out that they mean for the verticality to play a major role. This will mean jumping, flying, or climbing around the map.
‘Paragon’ is set to launch early access in the first quarter of 2016, with a beta to follow next summer. So far, it has been announced for the PC and PlayStation 4. In the meantime, Epic Games also released a trailer of the gameplay to back their words.
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