Borderlands 2 creative director Paul Hellquist has joined Orcs Must Die developer Robot Entertainment as its lead designer for the upcoming free-to-play MOBA Orcs Must Die! Unchained.
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The first of two planned DLC packs for strategy download Orcs Must Die! launches for PC on the 25th October, developer Robot Entertainment has announced.
The Artifacts of Power add-on, available on Steam priced $2.49, adds a bunch of new weapons and traps.
Vampiric Gauntlets drain an enemy's health while healing you at the same time. The Alchemist's Satchel lets you lob deadly acid bombs around to destroy groups of enemies. The Shock Zapper can be mounted on the ceiling to take down both fliers and ground units. Finally, the Floor Scorcher is a trap that burns up unsuspecting foes.
At points, Orcs Must Die! made me angrier than Dark Souls, which has got to be some sort of achievement. A third-person take on tower defence that mixes trap-laying with simple blasting and melee combat, it's a deeply charming game with a difficulty curve that veers wildly and a toolset that's half pot luck and half brilliance.
You play an apprentice mage who's tasked with keeping waves of Orcs, Ogres and other beasties out of the 'rifts' in each level. Huge groups of enemies spawn from fixed locations and run along predetermined paths towards them. If too many get to the rift, you lose. To stop the horde you have an initially limited set of traps and personal weapons, which rapidly expands into a huge grab bag of troops, whirring blades and smooshing contraptions perfect for turning green mobs into pesto.
You're given as much time as necessary at the start of levels to scope them out on foot and place traps, identifying bottlenecks and environmental hazards that will maximise your weapons. Traps cost cash, anywhere from 200 glowing blue money points (they don't seem to have a name) up to thousands, and killing enemies grants from 10 to hundreds depending on toughness - all self-explanatory enough.
There's a PC demo of promising action strategy game Orcs Must Die! available this minute on Steam.
Promising action-strategy game Orcs Must Die will be released on Xbox Live Arcade on 5th October. The PC/Steam launch will happen on 12th October.
Orcs Must Die has you defend a fortress that's under siege by naughty orcs and their friends. You're a War Mage and you have six weapons to choose from plus loads of spells and traps to help you. And each can be upgraded to suit your preferred method of orc dispatch.
The game's being made by Robot Entertainment, the team that rose from the ashes of Ensemble Studios - developer of Halo Wars and Age of Empires.
Orcs Must Die!, a tower defense game from Robot Entertainment, invades PC and Xbox Live Arcade later this summer.
Published by Microsoft Game Studios, it tasks you with protecting your fortress from an army of monsters by any means possible.
While the prospect of yet another tower defense title might not set pulses racing, it at least has pedigree. Robot rose from the ashes of Halo Wars and Age of Empires developer Ensemble.
Robot Entertainment - the studio risen from the ashes of Halo Wars and Age of Empires developer Ensemble - has revealed its new game: Orcs Must Die!