MOBA! MOBA! MOBA! Go to any game industry tradeshow like E3 or PAX and check out the PC offerings. You’ll see a lot of Multiplayer Online Battle Arena games because the most successful of them make a ton of money. Deep Silver wants to bust into this highly competitive scene with Dead Island: Epidemic, what they’re calling a “ZOMBA” – a Zombie Online Multiplayer Battle Arena. Besides a groaningly cute acronym, Deep Silver says the upcoming free-to-play PC title will have “all the trademark elements that are part of a Dead Island experience.” I guess this means there will be a lot of janky combat, weapons that break after five uses, and quest-givers that insist on getting paid during a zombie apocalypse.
Check out Jason McMaster’s primer for League of Legends to see how deep the MOBA rabbit hole can go.