Sins of a Dark Age

Well, it's certainly dark.

Above: Well, it’s certainly dark.

Image Credit: Dual Shockers

Developer: Ironclad Games
Current status
: Steam Early Access

Most MOBAs are cartoony and colorful, so Sins of a Dark Age stands out a bit thanks to its darker, more medieval look. It’s from the same developer responsible for the popular strategy game Sins of a Solar Empire. You can try Sins of a Dark Age right now on Steam Early Access for $5.


How can you breed when you're dead? Ew.

Above: How can you breed when you’re dead? Yuck.

Image Credit: Steam Community

Developer: Deadbreed AB
Current status
: Steam Early Access

While most MOBAs feature two teams of five fighting each other, Deadbreed features 3-on-3 battles. It also features tools that enable for deeper character customization than those you find in most of its competitors. Like Sins of a Dark Age, it features a darker art style. You can also play it now via Steam Early Access, although it’s a bit more pricey than other MOBAs (most of which are free-to-play) at $20.


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Dead Island: Epidemic

The MOBA epidemic might actually be worse than the zombie one.

Above: The MOBA epidemic might actually be worse than the zombie one.

Image Credit: MMOBomb

Developer: Stunlock Studios
Current status
: Steam Early Access

Dead Island: Epidemic claims that it’s the first ZOBA (zombie online battle arena). Cute. It’s an action-focused take on a MOBA that’s also a spinoff of the open-world Dead Island series. It’s available right now on Steam Early Access for at least $17 (you can buy more expensive bundles that give you more content).

Magicka: Wizard Wars

Magicka: Wizard Wars

Above: Kill it with lightning!

Image Credit: Paradox Interactive

Developer: Paradox North
Current status
: Steam Early Access

Magicka: Wizard Wars is a competitive take on the Magicka series, a cooperative action role-playing game that already had plenty of elements similar to most MOBAs. Like in the original, teammates can combine spells for powerful effects. It’s also on Steam Early Access, but it’s free-to-play.

Arena of Fate

Arena of Fate features an interesting collection of heroes.

Above: Arena of Fate features an interesting collection of heroes.

Image Credit: Crytek

Developer: Crytek Black Sea
Current status: Steam Early Access

Arena of Fate is publisher Crytek’s bid for MOBA dominance. It features characters from history and legend, like Little Red Riding Hood, Joan of Arc, and Tesla. It promises a streamlined experience that’ll give new players greater accessibility.

Transformers Universe

Teamwork and tactics will be key to success in Transformers Universe. Brute force might help at times, though.

Above: Transformers, MOBA meets the eyes. Transformers, MOBA in disguise.

Image Credit: Jagex

Developer: Jagex Games Studio
Current status: Open beta

Transformers Universe brings everyone’s favorite Decepticons and Autobots into the world of MOBAs. Developer Jagex is hoping to create an experience accessible for the franchise’s younger fans. It just entered open beta, so you can try it for free right now.

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