You might know Rovio and its little avian-flinging games, Angry Birds. The series has amassed a strong following over the years and is one of highest-rated game franchises on the App Store. However, excitement for the brand has dimmed as of late despite the Angry Birds reaching into just about every product category Rovio could fling them in to. And now it looks like the developer is quietly testing the waters with the release of its latest IP, Battle Bay…
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To much surprise, Rovio isn’t making much of a splash with its new title. You would think they would be plastering this thing everywhere online in order to bolster awareness for the launch, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
This time around, Rovio is taking a more action-focused approach to the gameplay. While you’ll still be flinging projectiles around, they won’t be birds. Battle Bay is a new MOBA style game for iOS and Android devices. We won’t be seeing a typical level progression system here like AB, Battle Bay launches players into 5-on-5 PvP battles that take place on the open sea.
The mobile battle arena game will offer several hero-types the same way most typical MOBAs do, except in the form of battleships. Each of which has its own class-like traits, along with a number of customization options. The 5 options include the Enforcer, Defender, Shooter, Speeder and Fixer. Rovio treats the ships in a similar animated fashion as the Angry Birds themselves, with an almost life-like personality to each. Players are able to equip their battleship with loads of different weapon and ammo types, but that is where the in-app purchases come into play.
This is a free-to-play game and there are a number of in-game currency packs available to purchase for real money. So only time will tell if there will be balancing issues when it comes to dealing with ship captains with deep pockets. There are also something known as VIP membership IAPs that provide additional perks, but it does sound as though the memberships only last for a limited amount of time before they need to be renewed.
The seas have risen, and the characters of Battle Bay are fighting for survival. Players must assemble in teams of five to challenge opposing teams in a last-boat-floating, real-time multiplayer showdown. With the opportunity to customize ships and train their crew, players can make their ship their own, while chatting with other team members using an in-game communication system.
• Real-time multiplayer in the palm of your hand
• Form guilds and battle real players in 5vs5 team based battles
• Fleet up with a friend and destroy the enemy
• Five unique ship classes and ten crew members to fit different play styles
• Over 30 different items for players to collect, upgrade and master
• Acquire new weapons and items for ship upgrades
• Chat with your friends and guild mates to plan winning strategies