Orcs Must Die! Unchained is going to launch tomorrow, April 19, 2017 after quite some time in open beta and with it comes the new game mode Sabotage. This ingenious 3v3 mode is as competitive as you could expect from a wacky and humor-filled tower defense game such as this one – you play versus other team, but not quite against them.
Let us explain: your team has to defend the rift and the opposing team plays in an ‘alternate reality’ version of the same map that your team can’t see, with the same objective. It’s business as usual in Orcs Must Die! Unchained, laying traps and funneling the enemies to the greatest killbox you devised in the map, with the team that ends the match and survives the waves with the most points winning. The extra competitive touch comes from the possibility of spamming some creatures on the rival’s map and ultimately thwarting their strategy. You can pick a couple of foes, or consumables, at the beginning of the match, with one being picked from minions and the other from spells. Some of the most effective such as a few bosses may cost some coin, but sometimes some fast and free Kobold runners will do the trick just fine. Combining your consumables with the ones of the rest of your team is highly recommended, as you can see which ones they’ve picked.
The only way to get an idea on the rival team is through the new tactical screen, but it can be a bit too much for the first games and takes some getting used to. If at the end of the match both teams have the same rift points, then the game goes for a sudden death mode where a continuous wave will spawn until the first team loses a single rift point.
Sabotage adds some nice and original competitive mechanics to a game that is heavily focused on co-op and manages to do so nicely. This will certainly be the go-to mode in Orcs Must Die! Unchained after you’re tired of exploring the Battlegrounds and want something more meaty, more “human”.
Orcs Must Die! Unchained is free-to-play, launches tomorrow and is a lot of fun for both casuals and hardcore players. We’ve played quite a bit of Sabotage already and definitely recommend you give it a try.