Paragon gives players an over-the-shoulder look at MOBA action


— 9:23 AM on December 7, 2015

The MOBA craze doesn't look like it's letting up any time soon. Epic Games will soon join the fray with Paragon, its spin on the genre. Check out the announcement trailer:

Stunning, eh? Paragon's graphics are powered by Epic's Unreal Engine 4, and the result is a game that looks fairly close to its cinematic trailer, as the short gameplay video below attests. Five-versus-five team play and three-laned arenas make Paragon a classic MOBA game at heart, but its over-the-shoulder perspective is an interesting twist compared to the high-angle styles of League of Legends and Dota 2. This game's more photorealistic graphics are refreshing compared to the"colorful monster" style used by other MOBAs, too. That art style feels a little played-out these days.

Further details about the gameplay are sparse, but Epic hints at a card-collecting and deck-building mechanic. That sounds similar to an unlock and outfitting system at first glance. The firm says a paid early-access phase will begin in spring 2016, and an open beta will follow that summer. Players eager to try out Paragon can sign up for the beta here.

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