Dead Island: Epidemic is a free-to-play MOBA

By Alice O'Connor, Aug 07, 2013 8:30am PDT

Perhaps zombies are getting a little long in the tooth, but you know what's new and fresh? Dote 'em ups! (Lords Management Games, if you like. MOBAs only if you really insist.) Publisher Deep Silver today announced it's smooshing the two together in Dead Island: Epidemic, a free-to-play PC game.

Deep Silver says it will "pit three teams of players against each other in a desperate fight for survival," and "feature all the trademark elements that are part of a Dead Island experience."

But, er, that's all we know for now. Helpful announcement. Also useless is the official site. Deep Silver promises it'll reveal more at the Gamescom show in Germany, which kicks off on August 21.

While MOBAs are generally considered top-down affairs, there's no reason this, sigh, 'ZOMBA' (Zombie Online Multiplayer Battle Arena, of course) couldn't still be first-person. Monday Night Combat took the genre to an over-the-shoulder view and Awesomenauts made it a 2D side-scroller, and it certainly should work in first-person too.

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