Posted Thu, Aug 08, 2013 by B. de la Durantaye
Perhaps one of the most alluring features of Strife, apart from its approachability, is its lore. Producer Tim Shannon outlines that one of the things missing from most MOBAs is lore and context for why you’re actually on the field, playing. While it is difficult to inject too much of a story into a MOBA style game, Strife does have a very detailed story which explains to players why they are on the battlefield. Additionally, the game offers constant reminders of the lore by placing key characters from the story onto the map and a “center seal” which explains the context of the battle. We’ll leave these details for the players to uncover, but suffice it to say, unlike other games, Strife was designed from the ground up to include a compelling story which will be ever-present in the game.
The story and lore doesn’t end in the game itself. S2 is collaborating with the creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Heavy Metal magazine, Kevin Eastman, on an upcoming Strife comic book. The comic will further the story from the game and give fans a little extra background on what is happening within the game world. “Each hero has a deep, rich story and personality,” says DeForest, “and we want these stories to be defined and believable.”
Every hero is bursting with personality and story.
Having had some time to play the game, Strife is shaping up to be exactly what S2 has set out to do. It is a game that is approachable for the new player, yet deep enough to offer significant challenge to even the most seasoned vet. The artwork is beautifully rendered and the map is easy to navigate. The story is compelling and believable. Will all of these elements come together to make Strife one of the most beloved and most played PC games? If S2 has anything to say about it, it certainly has a shot and we’re betting we’re going to see a lot more of this title over the next few months.
Strife is slated for beta this fall with a 2014 launch.