Arcane Legends creator, Spacetime Studios, has launched the closed beta of Call of Champions, its upcoming free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game for iOS and Android devices. In Call of Champions, players compete in three-vs-three multiplayer matches, with the goal of destroying the opposing team’s towers or overall base before time runs out.
Call of Champions is being built specifically for mobile devices, and offers short, five-minute matches. So far, the game offers 15 different Champions across five classes: Tank, Fighter, Mage, Assassin and Support.
Traditional MOBA elements, like an item shop, minions or secondary fighting environments have been purposefully left out, and are replaced with ‘Orbs of Death,’ which attackers work to push along tracks into enemy towers to lessen their attack power, giving their team a better chance of destroying those towers.
The defending team can also control the orbs (control is achieved by standing near an orb), and when an orb is controlled near the player’s own tower, the tower attacks with full strength and increases the overall chance of successfully defending the base.
Since there’s a chance the match timer will expire before every structure on one team has been destroyed, the game also tracks Champion kills, and uses these to determine the winning team when there is otherwise a tie in terms of number of destroyed towers.
As players complete games and earn experience points, they can level up and customize their Champions through a talent system. Each Champion has ten tiers of talents to access, with each offering two different possible upgrades. Players must choose the upgrade they’d like for their Champion, and can spend free currency to reset these and try other options. In this way, players can customize their heroes to match their own play style, whether aggressive or conservative, or somewhere in between.
Spacetime Studios has partnered with professional gamers James ‘PhantomL0rd’ Varga, Joedat ‘Voyboy’ Esfahani and Stephen ‘Snoopeh’ Ellis to fine-tune the game’s Champions and overall mechanics, in order to offer a game competitive players will enjoy.
Players can signup for the Call of Champions beta on the game’s official website. Call of Champions is expected to launch on iOS and Android devices later this year.