|–||–PUBLISHER: Electronic Arts | DEVELOPER: Waystone | GENRE: MOBA
–THEME: Fantasy | PLATFORM: Download | STATUS: Canceled
Dawngate is a free-to-play MOBA from Waystone Games, a studio that was part of Visceral (makers of Dead Space) and is published by Electronic Arts. The game was developed with a familiar look that is clearly inspired by classics such as League of Legends and Dota 2 and initially it feels like just one more MOBA without much thought. However, Dawngate brings some clever touches to make it a worthwhile entry to the genre.
The players control Shapers, powerful beings who have access to several abilities. Players may also choose a role before the match which may reward them with extra currency if they accomplish the goals of a specific role. The roles so far go from Gladiator to Tactician, Hunter and Predator. While the map is limited to two lanes, there are elements across the map which help shape the gameplay. Most important are the spirit wells, providing extra resources for the team that controls them, so you have to keep an eye out for them since they can tip the balance of a battle.
While Dawngate isn’t the revolution that the genre desperately needs, it offers a very solid, yet familiar gameplay with a lot of room to grow.