• 100x OMDU closed beta key giveaway this Christmas (EU)

    We’re feeling the festive spirit here at REF. If you are in the EU and havn’t yet scored yourself a closed beta access key and would like to play over the Christmas break, never fear! With our 100x closed beta key giveaway you can be in with a chance to check out Orcs Must Die! Unchained phase 1 over the Christmas period.

    All you have to do is complete your entries below. Remember you can come back to REF each day to add another entry. The give-away runs from now until the big day itself – December 25th! We’ll be getting keys out to the winners on Christmas day. Good luck!

    100x Orcs Must Die! Unchained closed beta key giveaway (EU)

    Behind the scenes on Insider Access

    Did you catch last weeks Insider Access? If not you missed out on some great behind the scenes footage showing the making of the PS4 OMDU trailer which was completed in house at Robot Entertainment. I’m sure you will agree the trailer was excellent and certainly shows the talent on hand at Robot. The making of video shown in last weeks Insider Access gives us an insight on how it was put together, and in such a short space of time! Check out the extract from the show here:

    Also shown last week was a look at some of the marketing events that have been going on over in China with Tencent Games. There are some great pictures of the extravagant material Tencent put out, including a real-life Bloodspike!

    The show featured Community Manager, SixOkay speaking to Robot head-honcho, CEO, Patrick Hudson and Lead Producer Chris Rippy. Be sure to catch up via the VOD below!

    The Master is missing!

    If you have been following Orcs Must Die! on Facebook, you may have heard the news that The Master has gone missing.

    But what does this mean? Click the poster to find out. Don’t worry he is still available in-game, he’s just.. up-to something.

    Last chance to get OMDU Founders Packs – also store going offline

    Robot Entertainment has posted some important news in their latest blog post on the Orcs Must Die! website. This important news affects both new and existing players alike.  From from 9am CT on Friday December 12th until Monday December 15th the North American Unchained servers will be going down for maintenance.

    Players who are looking to join the closed beta of OMDU need to do so BEFORE December 12th as after this date the founders packs will be going away and players will have no means to get instant access to the closed beta until Phase 2. If you are thinking about getting exclusive closed beta access along with all the founders benefits such as in-game gold and the Enchanted Armor you need to purchase your founders pack pretty sharpish!

    For existing players it should be noted that after December 12th the in-game store will be disabled. This means that you will no longer be able to buy any card packs or vanity skins. If you are looking to buy items for in-game use between now and phase 2, you must do so BEFORE December 12th. From this date on wards card packs will only be available via leveling up in-game. If you hit the height of level 40, you will earn a pack of cards for every 300xp.

    Be sure to read the full blog post to ensure you are fully in-the-know about the changes that are coming to Orcs Must Die! Unchained this weekend. Please note these changes are for the North American servers only. Changes to the European servers are not yet announced.

    For a reminder of these sweet sweet Founders Packs that you can get your hands on only for the last few days now, check out the image below. Click the image if you would like to purchase a pack. This really is your last chance to be an OMDU founder under this scheme!

    Orcs Must Die! Unchained on PS4 FAQ

    Following on from yesterdays announcement at the Playstation Experience Keynote that OMDU will be coming to PS4 next year. You can check out the moment OMDU was announced at the keynote by skipping to 50:23 on the video below:

    Robot have published an FAQ for fans about the newly announced PS4 support over on the official forums. Some of the most interesting tidbits from the FAQ are that Robot is working with Disruptive Games to bring the title to PS4 The game will work in the same way as the PC version and will be free-to-play. Players will not need Playstation Plus to play. Trophy hunters will be pleased to hear that the game will be supporting unlockable trophies.

    Be sure to check out the full PS4 FAQ on the link below.

    Orcs Must Die! Unchained coming to PS4

    Today Robot Entertainment announced at the PlayStation Experience keynote that Orcs Must Die! Unchained will also be coming to PS4 along side the PC version of the game in 2015. This is Robot’s first return to console since the original Orcs Must Die! on XBLA and is the first title that Robot has produced for a Sony system. Robot’s CEO Patrick Hudson said:

    “We’re very excited to welcome PlayStation 4 players to our community, Orcs Must Die! Unchained delivers a unique blend of tower defense and competitive multiplayer action along with the game’s signature humor. We can’t wait for PS4 fans to jump in and start slaying Orcs!”


    To get us and PS4 fans excited about OMDU, Robot have also released a brand new trailer, with OMD humour aplenty this excellent trailer has been playing at the Playstation keynote:

    Its great to see OMDU being launched on an additional platform, expanding the audience greatly. Fantastic news!

    Spotlight on: SirBeast

    We’re back stateside with Fan Friday this week and the spotlight is landing on SirBeast of the US Orcs Must Die! Unchained community. Lets find out a bit more about him!

    The Basics

    • Name: SirBeast / Frank
    • Age: 42
    • Home Town: Akron, OH


    • What do you do by day?

    I’m the IT lead for the Public Works department in a major metropolitan city

    • What exciting things have happened this year?

    Of course, OMDU released this year, which I had been long awaiting, along with the release of some other great games: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Middle-Earth: Shadows of Mordor, and Gauntlet. I also spent a week vacationing with family in the Outer Banks this summer. Additionally I recently got to see the stage musical rendition of “Evil Dead”.

    • Do you get excited about Christmas?

    I *LOVE* Christmas and get very excited about it every year. I got my outside lights up (though I did not turn them on) the week before Thanksgiving, as well as one of our two trees up and decorated. We got a new tree last year that is not only pre-lit but also rotates. I have 2 kids, a boy aged 5 and a girl aged 9, and seeing them get excited for the holiday – ESPECIALLY with the escapades of “Ducky Duckaroo”, their “Elf on the Shelf” just makes it all the more enjoyable!

    • How would you describe your taste in music?

    My taste in music is best described as eclectic. I’ll listen to anything but Country and Polka. Primarily I prefer heavy metal and classic rock, along with artists such as Daft Punk, Deadmau5, and Weird Al Yankovic

    • What would your Top 3 films of all time be?

     (1) Animal House (2) Star Wars Episode IV: “A New Hope” (3) The Nightmare Before Christmas

    • How did you discover Orcs Must Die! ?

    I was a big fan of OMD1 and OMD2. Until the devs stopped supporting it and the score hackers started running rampant on it, a friend and myself were highly ranked on the two-player world rankings on OMD2.


    • Who is your favourite OMDU hero and why?

    I think my favourite at the moment would be Blackpaw. He moves fast, which can allow him to get in, do some good damage really quick, then get out just as fast, leaving enemy heroes dazed and confused as to where they should be watching the next threat to come from. He’s even more devastating if your teammates have gnolls in their decks, which is often the case.

    • Which OMDU hero causes you the most trouble on the battlefield?

    Midnight causes the biggest trouble. Not only can she mass-disable traps quite easily, but a skilled player who can use her backstab efficiently can do some real heavy damage to enemy heroes when they least expect it.

    • What is the biggest balance problem with OMDU right now?

    I think the biggest balance problem right now is simply the lack of players. I think the heroes are pretty fairly balanced, if you have players who know how to play them efficiently. But getting into a full 5v5 game outside of Twitch streaming hours is nearly impossible.

    • What is the topmost thing you would like to see added to OMDU?

    Text and voice chat both in-team and cross-team. The devs think that “toxic” players in the community would cause this to be more trouble than it’s worth. It’s been my experience that such players in the OMDU community are few and far between. Plus I think they could easily take an example from the voice chat features of such games as TeamFortress 2 and Unreal Tournament 2004. Those games not only let you choose if you wanted to chat only to your team or to all players in the game (including opponents), but if there was a “toxic” player you had the ability to mute them – both text and voice.


    I for one would very much like the opportunity to say to a teammate-turned-opponent (from one game to the next) “Hey, great job last game! Good luck, and try to not kill me too much, or just stand still and let me kill you!”. I think everyone could appreciate the humor and comradery that everyone could benefit from with such a feature being available.

    Shout out

    • Is there anything you would like to say to all the OMD fans out there right now?

    As a final shout-out, I must say thanks to devs for working so hard to make this a great game that everyone enjoys. Thanks the community as a whole for simply being there to play with, and to the newer players try and ignore those that are simply there to PvP-railroad and spawncamp their opponents – don’t let them discourage you, and just think of it as a way to work on additional strategies for overcoming that type of offense.