Bigpoint is unveiling its Unity3D game Merc Elite at Gamescom in Germany. The Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game, developed over the course of 20 months by an over 40-person team of experienced game developers and designers, underscores Bigpoint's commitment to unique quality and innovation. The online game is the second title produced by the team, which came to Bigpoint through an acquisition.
"Our strategy of acquiring the entire studio as a team and allowing them to focus on developing high quality titles is now once again paying dividends," explains Khaled Helioui, Managing Director at Bigpoint. "Just like with the former Radon Labs team that created Drakensang Online, a game that matches up unabashedly to the quality and visuals of console games, Merc Elite is going to win converts through its excellent graphics and gripping gameplay."
Merc Elite is the first MOBA game to take place in a futuristic military setting. It combines elaborate player-versus-player battles with 3D graphics. Gamers can decide between different character classes, including a refined weapons system for battles in the arena. Players will need more than just a daft hand with the weapons, though. Tactical skill, team play and strategy are also crucial factors for success. Merc Elite will go into open beta in the summer of 2013.
The 49Games Team under Senior Producer Jeff Lydell
In September 2011 Bigpoint acquired the entire production team from 49Games, an internationally successful development studio. The team of over 40 full-time employees was among the most celebrated developers of sports games for consoles, with more than 18 multi-platform sports titles to their credit. These include Winter Stars, Winter Sports 2011. Go for Gold, Summer Challenge 2010 and RTL Wintersports 2010. Since fall 2011 the team under the leadership of Senior Producer Jeff Lydell has been focused on Merc Elite, the world-class MOBA strategy game in a unique setting.
The game runs on Unity3D, which allows it to run directly within the browser without download.
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Bigpoint is one of the leading online game developer and publisher worldwide. Headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, Bigpoint designs high-quality games for all gamer segments published on bigpoint.com, as well as by more than 1,000 international distribution partners and media companies. Employees from 35 countries use state-of-the-art technology to transform the industry with innovative gaming concepts, while setting international standards to fulfill the expectations of more than 300 million gamers in over 200 countries. Every one of the 70 online games in Bigpoint's portfolio is free-to-play and includes a customized micropayment system for each game to allow users to make micro payments to speed up their game progression. Many of the titles have won various international prizes and audience awards, such as the MMO of the Year 2013 for Rising Cities and the Best Browser MMORPG 2012 for Drakensang Online. In addition to its headquarters in Hamburg, Bigpoint holds a development hub in Berlin and maintains a presence throughout Europe and in the USA for distribution purposes.
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