and welcome to the Arena of Fate – we hope you will stay with us for a long time to come as we develop the game together with all of you in the community.
But where are our manners? We should probably introduce ourselves first – we are the Arena of Fate development team at Crytek Black Sea, located in picturesque Sofia, Bulgaria. And while Crytek is generally best known for a heritage of shooters like the Crysis series, our own background is one of real-time strategy games such as Knights of Honor.
A lot of gamers are wondering why the “developers of Crysis are now doing a MOBA”, however, Crytek has always been made up of several studios with varied interests – and in our case, those interests include real-time strategy and role-playing games (or a mix between both, as in our last title, Worldshift).
Being enthusiastic gamers ourselves, we’ve obviously tried our hand at multiple MOBAs, and like many other gamers we tend to ask ourselves “wouldn’t it be cool if this game had…”
Fortunately, we were in a position to take these ideas beyond mere daydreaming, and develop an actual game that encompasses many of them – such as a 20-minute time limit that guarantees your match can be finished during a lunch break, or a roster of legendary characters whose stories we all grew up with. And before you ask – no, our mothers didn’t tell us bedtime tales about Jack the Ripper. We swear!
Of course, these days it’s not enough just to develop a really fun game. For online titles especially, interacting with the community and being transparent about development are just as important, and we will do our best to deliver on this end as well. Naturally, this is where all of you come in – we want your constructive feedback and passion to help shape this game, and turn it into a place that you want to return to time and time again.
Part of this process is to accept criticism, and to see where we can improve. One instance where we already heard your feedback loud and clear was our recent gameplay trailer for Gamescom (which can be found for reference here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVcjoakAbjI
). While many of you enjoyed your first proper glimpse at the action in Arena of Fate, not everyone was a big fan of the narration. Thanks for letting us know – we will try our best to make sure that future trailers fully live up to your expectations!
We hope that you will be just as honest and passionate with your feedback once we launch the Early Access Beta (followed by the Closed Beta) later this year, which will give many of you your first opportunity to get to grips with our launch line-up of 30 heroes. If you haven’t signed up for your chance to participate in the testing and to help shape the game, you can still do so at arenaoffate.com (and please tell your friends as well – we want as broad a tester base as possible). Speaking of heroes – starting soon we want to have special “Hero Weeks”, in which we will give you a closer look at some of our legendary heroes, the myths that inspired them, and how our team has translated those into the game.
Our conversation with you all is just getting started, and we can’t wait to show you more of AoF. Feel free to talk to us at any time on Facebook, Twitter or reddit.
Thank you and until next time, Vesselin Handjiev and the whole Crytek Black Sea Team