Dark Eclipse is going to do something new with the PSVR, and we are less than a week away from launch. On September 25th, you will be able to play a MOBA game from the inside. Initially, you will be able to choose three of fifteen different “Leaders” to destroy another player’s “Leaders” and towers while trying to protect your own. They each have special abilities and knowing how and when to use them can make or break your game. Destroying towers gives you or your opponent more control on the field.
At the start of the game, you can pick your Leaders from Heroes and Dominators. Heroes are humans, while Dominators are described as “hellish creatures”. You can build one of five different towers with different benefits in matches that go from 10-30 minutes. Since you are in the game world, you can scoop up your team members and drop them wherever they are needed most in solo matches with AI or against human opponents in ranked or casual modes. Gameplay is compatible with a controller or PS Move controllers.
Dark Eclipse is really a combination of genres. The game’s producer, Shohei Sakakibara, explained why the team at SUNSOFT is so excited to put Dark Eclipse in your hands and VR helmet.
“Everyone at SUNSOFT is enamored with this type of quick, strategic, multiplayer gameplay, so we brought our passion for the genre and combined the best characteristics of VR, MOBAs and RTS games into DARK ECLIPSE, a game that’s both familiar and eye-catchingly innovative.”
I’m sure that you saw the game would be free-to-play, and there are some reasonable concerns when you hear that phrase. We’ve been hurt in the past. With plans to sell starter packs with skins and other items, the developers are promising that any exclusive items sold will be cosmetic only. (They bolded that phrase here, and it was a wise stylistic choice.) A jaunty hat has never impacted a game’s balance, unless that character can hit you with a style attack. Speaking of characters, any new Leaders sold can be purchased with in-game currency as well.
Along with paid items, SUNSOFT is planning free updates and balance fixes as needed. This should keep things fair, because they want to avoid any person being able to “pay to win”.
Dark Eclipse is an interesting idea, and it’s proof that games on the PSVR are continuing to evolve. If you like MOBAs, RTS games, or just own a PSVR, give it a try on September 25th.
Press Release from SUNSOFT, PlayStation Blog
Jason became terminally addicted to videogames after receiving the NES at an early age. This addiction grew to include PC gaming and was cemented with the launch of the PS2. From then on, he was afflicted with epic RPGs, tense shooters, and deep strategy games, never becoming skillful, but never able to quit. He continues to play games (poorly) and share his passion for them to anyone willing to listen.