Frankenstein versus Jack the Ripper? Crytek's new Arena of Fate says, "why not?"

by: Nathaniel -

Internet culture seems to adore random pop culture mash-ups.  Pirates versus robots, cowboys versus ninjas, dinosaurs versus mecha-dinosaurs are all ideas that get a big pop anywhere the denizens of the Internet congregate.  Just look at Ultimate Battle of Ultimate Destiny.  It name checks pretty much every person and faction with any Internet credibility and imagines them engaging in an apocalyptic battle for no reason other than the sheer absurdity value.  

Crytek, of "Can it run Crysis?" fame, has decided to tap into this strange Internet-based phenomenon with their newest IP called Arena of Fate.

Arena of Fate is a 5v5 online multiplayer game - probably a MOBA even thought that genre isn't directly referenced - that is set to come out on PC and consoles soon, and it will be playable on this year's E3.  You'll have a roster of famous characters to choose from, like the aforementioned Frankenstein and Jack the Ripper, and each will have special abilities based on their classically known attributes.  

For full details, follow the jump.

History's Greatest Heroes Clash in "Arena of Fate" ?? a Brand New IP from Crytek

Frankfurt am Main (Germany), Sofia (Bulgaria), May 22, 2014 ?? Step into the shoes of legendary heroes from history and fantasy and lock horns in "Arena of Fate"; an action-packed online multiplayer game coming to PC and consoles soon from Crytek.

Featuring fast-paced 5 vs. 5 battles, Arena of Fate expands Crytek's range of Games-as-a-Service, and will be playable for the first time at this year's E3 expo in Los Angeles. Players will be free to choose from a huge roster of famous characters before engaging in star-studded skirmishes with fresh gameplay twists.

Among the iconic figures in Arena of Fate are the likes of Frankenstein, Jack the Ripper and Baron Münchhausen. Tap into their famed traits in battle as you bring Frankenstein back from the dead, use Jack's cleavers to gruesome effect, and launch across the map on Baron Münchhausen's cannonball!

Managing Director of Crytek Black Sea and Game Director of Arena of Fate, Vesselin Handjiev, said: ??Imagine Joan of Arc and Robin Hood cooperating to hunt down Little Red Riding Hood ?? Wouldn??t that be terrific? But besides the game's iconic heroes, which everyone in the team really loves, we are also challenging ourselves to carefully craft a streamlined player experience that allows for both greater accessibility, and rich, deep, action-packed gameplay. We are very excited to meet the first wave of players in the arena this summer, and will be listening carefully to the feedback we receive and making the community's contribution a key part of our efforts to perfect the fun.??

The game is being developed by Crytek's Sofia studio, which was established in 2008 following Crytek's acquisition of Black Sea Studios. Originally founded in 2001, Black Sea

Studios made their name with critically acclaimed real-time strategy game "Knights of Honor" and sci-fi online RTS/RPG hybrid, "WorldShift".

Arena of Fate is scheduled to enter Early Access Beta testing on PC this Summer, and players can sign up for a chance to get in on the action at http://www.arenaoffate.com. E3 attendees are invited to go hands-on with the PC version of the game from June 10-12 by visiting Crytek at booth 4500 in the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Everyone can catch a first glimpse of Arena of Fate right now by checking out a new teaser trailer here.

About Crytek

Crytek GmbH (??Crytek??) is an independent company at the forefront of the interactive entertainment industry, and is dedicated to pushing the boundaries of gaming by creating standout experiences for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation®4, Wii UTM, Xbox 360, PlayStation®3, iOS and Android using their cutting-edge 3D-Game-Technology, CRYENGINE®.

The company??s headquarters are in Frankfurt am Main (Germany). Crytek also has studios in Kiev (Ukraine), Budapest (Hungary), Sofia (Bulgaria), Seoul (South Korea), Nottingham (UK), Shanghai (China), Istanbul (Turkey) and Austin (USA).

Since its foundation in 1999, Crytek has consistently been recognized for excellence in its field, earning accolades such as the 2011 Develop Award for Best Independent Studio, and two Red Dot Design Awards (in 2010 and 2013). Its multi-award winning games include Far Cry®, Crysis® (awarded best PC Game of E3 2007 and Best Technology at the 2008 Game Developers Choice Awards), Crysis Warhead® (awarded Best Graphics Technology at IGN Best of 2008 Awards), Crysis® 2 (awarded Best Shooter of E3 2010 and Gamescom 2010), Crysis® 3, Ryse: Son of Rome and Warface (awarded Best Social/Casual/Online Game of Gamescom 2012). For more information, please visit www.crytek.com.

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