S2 Games is competing with itself in the MOBA space with the announcement of its second MOBA this week, Strife. Taking lessons learned from its previous MOBA title, Heroes of Newerth, Strife is designed to be community-driven by rewarding teamwork rather than rushing to the top of the leaderboard. Strife also welcomes new players to the genre with a design that will offer an instructive experience that providez immediate feedback for newcomers.
S2 GAMES ANNOUNCES NEW MOBAÂ STRIFEÂ IN DEVELOPMENT
Heroes of NewerthÂ StudioÂs New Title Matures the Genre with Community-Driven Design
Kalamazoo, MI ÂÂ August 8, 2013Â Â S2 Games, developers of the free-to-play Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA)Â Heroes of Newerth,Â today introduced their brand-new title,Â Strife. The only studio with two MOBAs currently in development, S2 has focused their long-standing industry expertise, passion and talent toward building a collaborative, engaging experience that truly stands apart from those offered by competing MOBAs.Â StrifeÂs approach is simple: rich, community-driven gameplay paired withmechanics that make teamwork easy, rewarding and satisfying for all.
ÂS2 Games has been in the MOBA market from its inception,Â said Marc DeForest, CEO of S2 Games. ÂSince then, weÂve learned a great deal about this maturing genre through a wide range of analytical studies and experience. ForÂ Strife, we want to take MOBAs to the next level, utilizing our resources to blend the processes of game development and player engagement to create a more enjoyable experience that grows the community and evolves the idea of what MOBAs can be.Â
Unlike other MOBAs,Â StrifeÂ is built entirely around the idea of a collective, contributing community. Predicated on creating a more connected multiplayer experience that incentivizes cooperation,Â StrifeÂ streamlines communication between players with innovative, in-client social systems and rewards players for team collaboration, not simply placing highest on a leaderboard. It also employs design elements that instruct and inform, providing immediate feedback for genre newcomers and veterans alike.
StrifeÂ aims to make strides in MOBA storytelling, delivering an engrossing world with a layered backstory to further connect players with the heroes they choose. It all begins when the invasion of the Dharkwave, harbingers of darkness foretold by prophecy, is imminent, promising catastrophe upon the world. Its only hope is an Army of Light, forged in the crucible of battle to hold the line against their impending arrival. Players must overcome ÂThe Trials of Strife,Â as well as one another, to prove themselves as champions worthy to face the Dharkwave.
Instilling in players personal attachments to their heroes as much informs S2Âs approach to art and character design as it does lore, producing units that are not only fun and intuitive to control, but that each feature their own definitive style. Everything from the pets they fight with to the crafted weapons and items they bring to battle is informed by the look, feel and personality of each hero. These customizable character choices encourage players to experiment, adapting tactics appropriate to personal play style.
StrifeÂ will be available this winter, promising a realm of conflict, competition and glory. For more information onÂ Strife, visitÂ www.Strife.com, or follow along on Twitter (@S2Strife), Facebook (www.facebook.com/StrifeTheGame) and YouTube (YouTube.com/S2Strife).
About S2 Games:
S2 Games is a game publisher and developer with a mission to identify, develop, evolve and unleash the future of online multiplayer games. Since its inception in 2003, S2 has been focused on driving innovation into the global online game space, through identifying and solving industry issues, listening closely to its passionate gamer base and incorporating features that gamers truly want.
Active in sponsoring and helping drive many global tournaments for their flagship title,Â Heroes of Newerth,Â and their new title,Â Strife, S2 is focused on providing the best online multiplayer gaming experience and opportunities for its fans to shine. For more information on S2, please visitwww.s2games.com.