Witcher MOBA Game Announced, Dev Promises It Won't Be "Pay-To-Win"

Free-to-play multiplayer game for up to six players launching later this year for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Windows tablets.

Next year's open-world role-playing game The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is not the only new game fans of the fantasy series have to look forward to. The Witcher developer CD Projekt Red today announced The Witcher: Battle Arena, an upcoming free-to-play MOBA developed externally at Fuero Games in association with CD Projekt Red.

The game will be released this holiday for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Windows tablets.

The game is described as a "fast, fun, and accessible MOBA game" that is based of course in the Witcher universe. It should appeal to veteran MOBA players and newcomers alike, CD Projekt Red says. And they assure fans that the game has been designed with "fairness" in mind, which means there are no "pay-to-win" elements. Every piece of in-game content can be unlocked through gameplay.

"Our system is honest, well balanced, and doesn't keep you playing for ages to unlock something," CD Projekt Red says. "If you want to get something unlocked faster, you can purchase it for a reasonable price. It's that simple."

The Witcher: Battle Arena includes solo and teamplay options. You can play with friends against bots or by yourself if, as CD Projekt Red says, "your Internet decides to take the day off." As far as characters go, The Witcher: Battle Arena will offer "unique" heroes that have distinct skills. There will be eight heroes available at launch, including Zoltan Chivay, Letho of Gulet, Eithne of Brokilon, Golem, Saskia of Aedirn, Philippa Eilhart, The Operator, and Iorveth.

More details about The Witcher: Battle Arena are available on the game's website.

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Stepn2myworld
Stepn2myworld

Its not Pay-to-Win, if Free-to-Pay (at some point anyway). There in the business of making money from making games. So, this is not surprising. The cash grab had to come at some point. Nevertheless, it doesn't matter to me because I skip all free-to-play games. 

Veenox
Veenox

They just want to cash-in on The Witcher 3 popularity... This is sad...

Soundaholic92
Soundaholic92

What I gathered from this article is basically "You can grind for 300 hours to unlock this totally balanced hero/skill/map/whatever, or you can spend $9.99 to get it instantly". I'm sorry, I'm just extremely skeptical when unlocking gameplay content can be accelerated with real money. As much as I love CDPR, make it completely F2P like Dota 2, or GTFO

gamingnerd121
gamingnerd121

''Every piece of in-game content can be unlocked through gameplay.'' Even if this is CDPR, that will always be one of the worst things to say.

Instead of making a Moba, why not make a interesting co-op adventure game or something?

troll_eat_troll
troll_eat_troll

you people can bitch like a kid all you want, I will be trying out this game and if i like it I will continue playing it and support the game/devs.

pignugget
pignugget

Waste of a great studios efforts. They should focus 100% on making the greatest Witcher game of all time instead of another boring MOBA.

quicktim3
quicktim3

dam, i'd rather just pay for everything its soo much and easier and saves time then having to grind hours and hours of hard work to get to the same level.  

hitomo
hitomo

wow ... a nother promising developer down for the count / cash grab


milk those fans

4kgamer_lmxxx
4kgamer_lmxxx

People need to stop bitching so much, really.


If this doesn't interest you, then simply move on, it's not for you. Wait for Witcher 3 or whatever else you're into. Clearly this is made for a different audience. Is that so hard to understand?

Vojtass
Vojtass

You probably are not aware, there was a browser game The Witcher: Versus. It was released in 2008, not very long after TW1 release. New MOBA is a similar move.

XIntoTheBlue
XIntoTheBlue

Yep, I won't be playing this. I don't care what popular franchise you slap on something. It won't make me automatically spend money on it.

Evil_Sidekick
Evil_Sidekick

This is why this industry will never evolve and always be second rate to movies and music.....when one genre sells, they make 1001 games.


BTW, i don't play online-only, so.....what the hell do i know?!

legamurfacexd
legamurfacexd

Looks like the genre of cancer incarnate strikes again, we get yet ANOTHER moba nobody asked for.
Dead island
Orcs must die
Guardians of middle earth
and now the witcher.

Has any moba's done well outside of league and dota? Can't wait for this trend to end so people can get back to making regular games instead of arenas...

hastati4
hastati4

How does one even do a MOBA on a tablet? Seems like it requires really precise controls.

frozenuxx
frozenuxx

Gee, Triss tits are going to get sore...

csward
csward

Something tells me these guys think a "reasonable price" is the same price League of Legends charges. Well, it isn't.

catsimboy
catsimboy

Next do Witcher Crush Saga or Flappy Witcher, might as well if you're going down this dark road.

Mevrick
Mevrick

Gah... just do World of Nilfgaard and be done with it.

meatz666
meatz666

I always cringe when I read "accessible MOBA"

Rikomi
Rikomi

MOBA's on tablets suck, release it on Vita atleast it has analogs and buttons.

fede018
fede018

"Mobile games suck" = Old Man Yells At Cloud


Get on with the times. The last mobile game you must have played is Snake on your old Nokia 

carolino
carolino

OH SHIT


i dont like the sound of dat :/

demondogx
demondogx

Youre IP has a player base mainly concisting of hardcore PC masterrace gamers who look down on console and especialy despise Tablets and mobile gaming
And you bring out a MOBA (with really has become the new military fps) on a hardware that does not work well with MOBA's and 90%+ off youre playerbase will never even concider to use


A really wierd decision from CD Projekt Red

Hurvl
Hurvl

The arena mode in The Witcher 2 already reminded me of something of this and I wasn't very interested in that feature. Can't say a whole game dedicated to arena combat makes me more interested about it. Since it's not for PC, I don't have to delete my image in my account where I (in a Gary Oldman "Leon" fashion) state that I want eeevvveryone of CD Projekt Red's PC games.

saltful
saltful

Witcher card game, now MOBA. Please let it end gloriously on PC with Witcher 3 and don't milk it out with mobile games...

Danio658
Danio658

@pignugget It's made by an outside studio, so the production of Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077 isn't influenced by it

tdiamond15
tdiamond15

@Evil_Sidekick Wait, what? Have you not heard of pop music or seen boy bands? Movies are just the same with 1000s of generic movies.

meatz666
meatz666

@legamurfacexd Smite and Infinite Crisis are doing pretty well, I heard. Blizzard's MOBA is one of the most anticipated games for PC. Of course, they don't spend even half with marketing to build the same hype console publishers do. Maybe that's why you get the feeling of "moba nobody asked for".

meatz666
meatz666

@hastati4 Try Solstice. It's not a great MOBA, but they "kinda" managed to adapt MOBA for the iPad.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@fede018 Name a mobile game as good or better than Witcher 2.


It doesn't exist, and never will.

darkrayne
darkrayne

@fede018  Trying to use your love for second rate games isn't a great way to act like you're 'hip and 'with it'. It just means you're part of the in-between demographic. Are you a gamer? Are you modern? Neither really.. mobile games are a product of backtracking. The technology and hardware used to play those games is weaker than the gaming standards from around 10 years ago. So, seriously, realise that mobile gamers are old fashioned.. non-mobile gamers have already played everything you've got, probably before you could even read and write.

meatz666
meatz666

@fede018 I agree with you, but Solstice is a piece of crap compared to PC MOBAs

Vojtass
Vojtass

@saltful The Witcher Adventure Game isn't a card game. It's digital version of tabletop game (the same title), which will be released by Fantasy Flight Games in Autumn. Game won't have any microtransactions. You buy it just like any retail game.

MigGui
MigGui

@saltful please don't. make it a franchise, make it last. don't end it, and don't milk it either. it is possible to make something last for ages without exploiting consumers.

Vojtass
Vojtass

@hitomo @Vojtass Yes, I'm serious. You can see Witcher Versus screenshots only, because servers were shutdown few years ago. This is something similar with the exception of microtransactions. The problem is, that some people have mobile/MOBA allergy. I can't say, that I'm surprised, but you should wait and see, how WBA will look in action.

fede018
fede018

@darkrayne @fede018 "the technology and hardware used to play those games is weaker than the gaming standards from around 10 years ago"

BS! you haven't played any modern mobile games like NOVA 3, Modern Combat 4, Asphalt, etc

meatz666
meatz666

@darkrayne @fede018 That's a bunch of crap, and you know it. I played Xcom and The Walking Dead on my iPad. So your argument about "gaming standards from around 10 years ago" is as sad as you are. Thank god you're not a gamer.

olddadgamer
olddadgamer

@MigGui @saltful Indeed.  Heck, CDPR got on the witcher train after the books, comics and board games.  And their games are art. 

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@meatz666 @darkrayne @fede018 So you played inferior ports of games not on their native platform and you're proud?  Proud of terrible controls?

darkrayne
darkrayne

@meatz666 @darkrayne @fede018  That's hilarious.. A low poly count game that's passable because of cell shading and an isometric game. Wow, they are really cutting edge examples. Which run at lower resolutions on mobile devices.. both game resolution and screen resolution.. and have other graphical effects removed. You really showed me.

meatz666
meatz666

@Thanatos2k I played XCom, believe it or not, on the PS3, PC and iPad. It's very nice to play XCom on the go. The touch controls works very well in a Turn-based strategy title. Of course I'm not referring to the laughable port of GTA3 on the iPad. But the controls for Walking Dead or Wolf Among Us is better on the iPad. I just think mobile games should have more respect. It's been a while since mobile gaming was Snake or Candy Crush Saga. And as the first comment stated, haters are sounding more and more ignorant. 

meatz666
meatz666

@darkrayne Gameplay is the most important element. If I want good resolution, I go outside. A:CM had a great resolution.