5 New MOBAs of 2015
Given the incredible popularity and success of MOBAs like League of Legends and Dota 2, it's not surprising to see more and more game companies releasing their own MOBAs to grab a piece of the lucrative MOBA industry. According to our most profitable MMOs list from earlier, League of Legends alone made over $1 billion last year, making it the most profitable online game in the world. Below is a list of MOBAs released or being released in 2015 to try and compete with the 3 dominant games in the space (League, Dota 2, and Smite).
Infinite Crisis is Turbine's first game since its acquisition by Warner Bros and leverages its parent company's valuable IP. Infinite Crisis is a MOBA based in the DC Comics universe with easily recognizeable characters like Batman, The Joker, Superman, and more. Despite just launching on March, 25, 2015, Infinite Crisis is slated to shut down on August 14, 2015.
Heroes of the Storm (HotS)
Heroes of the Storm is Blizzard Entertainment's entry into the MOBA market and it's officially launching on June 2, 2015. The game features a cast of familiar characters from all three popular Blizzard universes (Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo). Blizzard is clearly aiming to capture a big portion of the "casual" market, as Heroes of the Storm has shared experience and no last hitting. Blizzard is hesitant to call HotS a MOBA, but it most certainly fits the criteria.
Strife is marketed as a "next generation" MOBA and aims to capture a big piece of the market. The game was developed by S2, who's no stranger to the genre, given that their previous game, Heroes of Newerth (HoN), continues to be incredibly popular. Unlike HoN, Strife has more cartoony graphics, similar to League of Legends. The game has a few key differences than other MOBAs - namely its shared last hitting gold, pet system, personal couriers, and item crafting.
Prime World was developed by the Russian game developer Astrum Nival, the same studio behind Allods Online. The game blends browser-based empire building elements with traditional MOBA gameplay. Prime World is definitely the most ambitious game on this list, as the game features a unique progression system where players can equip hundreds of different "talents" to their heroes to control their growth.
So which game do you think has the best chance to dethrone League of Legends or Dota 2? Or rather, which game do you think will do the best out of these? I think Heroes of the Storm, simply because it has backing from Blizzard and the gameplay may appeal to the huge casual market, but that's just my opinion.