TIME : 22nd Oct 2013 TueAUTHOR : Eleanor
Hamburg, October 22nd, 2013 – Bigpoint, a leading global developer and publisher of online games, is announcing the open beta launch for Merc Elite in Europe. The world’s first military-themed MOBA game (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) is set to hit the market in the fall of 2013 as a free-to-play browser title.
“After a successful close beta phase, we are delighted to grant access to Merc Elite to all established and aspiring MOBA fans across Europe,” said Khaled Helioui, CEO of Bigpoint. “We have already received very positive feedback from players as well as members of the eSports community and are extremely excited to enter this last exciting step before the much-anticipated full product launch.”
Jeff Lydell, Senior-Producer of Merc Elite: “We are thrilled to bring the intense tactical action of Merc Elite to a wider audience. Our beta players so far have taken part in tens of thousands of matches, and the responses from our community have proven invaluable in delivering a top-notch competitive online experience.”
Merc Elite is the world’s first military-themed MOBA browser game, and a Bigpoint in-house production. Using the Unity Engine, over 40 developers have been working hard for 24 months on Merc Elite, which is set for full launch in late 2013. In addition to targeting classic MOBA and action-game fans, Merc Elite will also be actively pursuing eSports aficionados.
About Merc Elite:
Rising from the smoking wreckage of a decaying society, five corporations supplanted governments to reign with wanton abandon over a lawless world gripped by the post-apocalypse. In the ceaseless battle for the world’s last remaining resources, these corporations employ teams of mercenary soldiers to do their bidding.
Merc Elite is an action-packed military MOBA game, set in the near-future era of guerrilla battles paid for by corporate mega-conglomerations and fought by contract soldiers. To succeed at Merc Elite, players will have to employ sound tactics and coordinated team efforts. A unique direct-fire combat system based around the realistic use of cover ensures a multitude of tactical options in ten-player online battles set in elaborate, varied battlefields. Merc Elite promises to give even the most well-versed players a brand new MOBA experience.
Players may choose from 5 different character classes and a plethora of high-tech weaponry to conduct operations and dispatch the enemy. Players can use brain or brawn, heavy weaponry, stealth or speed to emerge victorious by choosing to enter the battlefield as the Recon, Tactician, Assault, Heavy Gunner or Juggernaut.
Due to the clever matchmaking system and intuitive controls, Merc Elite has something for both experienced MOBA players and those new the genre, while impressing with unique depth, atmosphere and versatility contained in each and every character.
Bigpoint (www.bigpoint.com) is one of the leading online game developers and publishers worldwide. Headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, Bigpoint designs high-quality games for all gamer segments published on bigpoint.com, as well as by more than 1000 international distribution partners and media companies.
Employees from 35 countries use state-of-the-art technology to transform the industry with innovative gaming concepts, while setting international standards to fulfill the expectations of more than 300 million gamers in over 200 countries.
Every one of the 50 online games in Bigpoint’s portfolio is free-to-play and includes a customized micropayment system for each game to allow users to make micro payments to speed up their game progression.
Many of the titles have won various international prizes and audience awards, such as the MMO of the Year 2013 for Rising Cities and the Best Browser MMORPG 2012 for Drakensang Online.
In addition to its headquarters in Hamburg, Bigpoint holds a development hub in Berlin and maintains a presence throughout Europe and in the USA for distribution purposes.
For more information and press material, please visit the press area at www.bigpoint.net.