Robot Entertainment has featured some information about their upcoming game Orcs Must Die! Unchained at this year’s Gamescom. The game has been in closed beta for nearly a year and is growing closer to its release. The next installment in the OMD franchise expands on the tower defense genre adding PVP and PVE to the rift defending mix.

Orcs Must Die! Unchained is projected to go live during the first half of 2016, and until then fans of the franchise can register to participate in the closed beta or purchase a content bundle that will allow them access to the beta.  For those not involved in the beta, here’s some of the information Robot Entertainment has released about the game.

Including a PVP mode in Orcs Must Die! Unchained is probably the biggest change to the OMD franchise. This new mode will combine MOBA and 3rd person shooter mechanics for a whole new multiplayer tower defense style game. There will also be a PVE mode that is a more classic Orcs Must Die! tower defense experience available to play.

With the new mode comes a whole new roster of characters. There are now over 10 heroes with individual skills matched with special traps and unique glyphs for their attacks available in the current beta. It looks like there’s new enemies, traps, and weapons included in Orcs Must Die! Unchained as well. A collectible card system is being introduced to the new game in which players can collect bosses, traps, minions and equipment to make their own personalized decks to draw from.

When asked why people should play Orcs Must Die! Unchained the development team from Robot Entertainment said, ‘Because it is obviously a fantastic game. All joking aside, this game is mainly recommendable because we, having played so many games and having fought back evil time and time again, managed to unite orcs, bears, trolls, ogres, dwarves, kobolds and other villains in one epic game. We brought together the most entertaining elements of our gamer lives.’

The closed beta for Orcs Must Die! Unchained was extended in 2015 to include and test the PVE mode. PVE will have players pitted against waves of ever stronger foes charging towards their rifts much like in the preceding OMD games, but this time it can be played with up to five players. Of course the leaderboard will also be an important element to the latest Orcs Must Die! experience.

Skulls are still currency, orcs are still evil and the War Mage is still as cocky as ever in Orcs Must Die! Unchained. Yet there’s a new mode, more multiplayer options, and a lot of new content for the next installment to the franchise. When the game is released next year it will available for PC and PS4.

Alexandria Taberski

Staff Writer

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