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  • The bots are back! OMD3 and ReadySet Heroes news!
    Dean
    8918

    It’s a big week for Robot Entertainment as the studio bounces back with two big pieces of news! Things have been quiet on the news front for sometime, but no longer as Robot has this week announced its next brand new game in the Orcs Must Die! series…

    Orcs Must Die! 3

    That’s right – the Orcs are back in town! The much loved franchise is set to return to its roots as a single-player / co-op tower defence game much more akin to its predecessors OMD1 and OMD2. There has been a call from the community for sometime to return to the spirit of the first two titles and now Robot Entertainment is set to deliver on this ask thanks to a great partnership with Google and the Stadia platform!

    Take a look at this sweet new trailer:

    There is a brand new story mode, moving 20 years into the future our trusted heroes War Mage and Sorceress have trained up their own new apprentices to take on the Orc mob. This time however things have been majorly cranked up. Players will be taking on hordes of Orcs like never before. Huge armies now threaten the rift with the numbers of Orcs now bigger than ever compared to previous OMD games. Players will need to make use of huge traps known as war machines to help keep the mob at bay. 

    This is going to be a truly explosive new game! Due to land in spring 2020 the initial launch will be on Google’s new Stadia platform. There are reasons for this and most notably because Google has been a big part in helping make OMD3 possible as Robot’s CEO, Patrick Hudson explains on Reddit:

    After shutting down OMDU, Robot had to downsize our studio. We had re-sized and focused on making smaller games than an OMD game. We didn’t know when or if we would get back to the OMD franchise.

    We met with Google to learn more about Stadia for our other projects. We discovered that the people at Google are big fans of OMD. That led to an exploration of what might be possible with an OMD game on Stadia. We both got excited about our ideas and decided to go after it.

    OMD3 would not be possible today without Google’s support. They are behind the game in a big way. We’ve hired more developers to bring it to life. It’s the OMD game that fans of the first two games have been wanting, and we’re thrilled that we have the opportunity to make it.

    If you’re not planning to look at the Stadia platform, do not fear. The initial release will be a timed exclusive to the Stadia platform but other platforms are due to be announced in due course. In the meantime soak up that brand new sweet OMD3 trailer and get hyped!

    ReadySet Heroes is coming!

    If this big news wasn’t already enough, Robot’s other project also in development is soon to be landing on a PS4 near you. ReadySet Heroes the multiplayer party dungeon crawler is set to land on October 1st 2019! That’s just a few months away. There is a brand new trailer too. Here we can see more of the dungeon crawling and different party challenges. It won’t be long now until you’ll be picking your hero to take into battle!

    Available for pre-order now on the Playstation store which includes an exclusive pre-order bonus crown, skin and more!

    Robot announces ReadySet Heroes today!
    Dean
    8888

    The time has come to see what has been cooking at the Robot Entertainment factory for the past year. The answer has been revealed today as part of PlayStation State of Play. The answer is ReadySet Heroes! A brand new and original game from Robot Entertainment featuring fast paced multiplayer dungeon crawling. Players choose their own hero who starts with nothing more than a humble wooden sword. Players then take their hero into randomly generated dungeons to do battle and solve puzzles. The twist however is that there is another team competing with the player doing the exact same dungeon with the winner being the team that finishes it the fastest!

    The game features single player or co-op play against a team competing in the same dungeon. Once a team reaches the end of the dungeon, depending on their performance they will be equipped to take on the other players in a final showdown to find out who is the worthy dungeon champion and the mightiest hero. The final showdowns take the form of a variety of different activities from an all out arena battle or maybe something a bit more bizarre like snail racing!

    Snail Racing for the final showdown

    The main mode has everything you would expect from a dungeon crawler. Players solve puzzles, grab loot, defeat enemies – all against the clock to try and beat the other team. Items you collect like armour and spells help you in the longer term once you reach the final showdown. The game is designed for short, quick play sessions with friends. One might call it a party dungeon crawler!

    Trailer

    Check out the brand new first look trailer below.

    More information

    Robot Entertainment CEO has penned a blog post on the Playstation website talking more about the game. Be sure to check that out to read more. The game will be launching in 2019 with date TBC. It will be available on PS4 for sure and there will not be a requirement for PlayStation Plus. Other consoles and platforms are to be announced and not ruled out.

    Keep a close eye out for more news and information on this exciting brand new original game, fresh out of the factory from Robot! Remember this is just one of at least two games that Robot has been working on!

    Hero Academy and Orcs Must Die! Unchained to shut down
    Dean
    8880

    Unfortunately it has been announced today that online play for the original Hero Academy, Hero Academy 2 and Orcs Must Die! Unchained will be ceasing later this year, on April 8th 2019. The population of players on these games has reduced and regrettably no longer viable for Robot to provide on-going support for online play.

    Orcs Must Die! 1 & 2 will continue to be available for play on Steam.

    It is a challenging world for small independent developers like Robot and sometimes these tough decisions have to be made. By taking Hero Academy and Orcs Must Die! Unchained to sunset, Robot is able to focus more exclusively on TWO new exciting games which are currently in development.

    Players and fans will no doubt reflect fondly on the great times they had playing these titles. Many of the community played a large part in helping to shape these games thanks to the high level of engagement Robot has with its community and its fans. We’ll remember these good times as we move into the future.

    To help keep the spirit of these games going a little longer, Robot is offering active players who log in free in-game currency. Perfect if you have cards you have been wanting to unlock in Hero Academy or perhaps some heroes you have yet to try out in Orcs Must Die! Unchained. Be sure to make the most of this free in-game currency offer running until April 8th 2019.

    For more information about this news, and information about the free in-game currency offer please take a look at the announcement on the Robot Entertainment website.

    Future

    Moving forwards Robot’s attention is firmly on the delivery of two brand new games. While there is no news to share on what these games are, be sure to stay turned for news and announcements in 2019. The bots are working hard at the factory and the studio is currently recruiting for a number of positions. We will keep you up to date, right here at REF.

    Website issues
    Dean
    8876

    You may have had trouble accessing the Robot Entertainment Fans website over the past few weeks. Unfortunately, we had some issues with our DNS provider which resulted in some regions being shown other websites instead of REF. We’re sorry about this and we expect the issue to be fully resolved in the new 48 hours.

    Rest assured Robot Fans isn’t going anywhere!

    What’s happening at Robot?
    Dean
    8853

    So things have been quiet at Robot HQ for a few months now and fans might be asking the question, just what is going on over at Robot? Well the good news is that things are happening. The studio is currently in full throttle in the planning and development stages of a brand new game. Unfortunately at these early stages there just isn’t much to report on and as a result it may seem like things are akin to a tumbleweed. However, fans should not worry, this is quite normal.

    Thinking back to the past we have had a number of “down times”, from when Robot was first formed there was  a long wait until we saw Age Online and there were again pauses of news between Age Online and Orcs Must Die! and from Orcs Must Die! 2 to the announcement of Orcs Must Die! Unchained.

    What we do know is that things are cooking at the studio and what we are likely to see in the coming months is an announcement for an exciting brand new game.

    Stick with us for all the news as it happens. Interesting new developments might not be too long around the corner! In the meanwhile.. get your thinking caps on… what could this new game be?

    Hero Academy 2 arrives on Steam Early Access today
    Dean
    8844

    Good news for PC players – Hero Academy 2 is en-route to Steam today via the Early Access program. This early access lets Steam players take a look at Hero Academy 2 before its wider release. 

    According to the developer commentary on the Steam store page:

    Early Access allows us to get feedback from you, as passionate and engaged players, to refine Hero Academy 2 for PC and Mac. The core gameplay is complete, and we are continuing to tune and improve everything from the UI and strategic options with each release. We need your help to ensure Hero Academy 2 plays great on the PC and Mac.

    It is expected that Hero Academy 2 will be in full release on Steam before the end of of year. Releasing on Steam brings Steam Achievements for those achievement collectors out there. You can take a look at the game on the Steam store.

    $75 early access bonus content!

    That’s right, playing now on Steam during the early access phase also unlocks $75 worth of in-game bonus content. This includes:

    • 10 Card Packs, each providing 5 cards with a guaranteed Rare or better.
    • 3 Ultra Card Packs; one for each House with a guaranteed LEGENDARY card in each pack.
    • Council Rescue Campaign; 12 unique missions with an additional Hard Mode for each level. Rewards an additional Council Ultra Pack as you complete the missions.
    • 2000 GOLD and 3000 GEMS to pick up new solo content or expand your card collection!
    • Exclusive Steam Skull vanity crystal
    • Exclusive Steam Mug avatar

    So be sure to pick this up! In exchange for this Robot would love to hear your feedback and comments on the game, just head over to the Steam Forums and let both Robot and the community know your thoughts!

    Robot Entertainment restructure
    Dean
    8838

    Announced earlier this week on the Robot Entertainment blog, there is unfortunate news to share about the studio. Following studio growth in the ramp up to launch Orcs Must Die! Unchained and the recent launch of Hero Academy 2, the studio has been hard at work on two new original IP games. Recently the decision has been made that the studio needs to focus its efforts on shipping just one game and as a result, regretfully the studio has had to let go numerous staff to suit the economies of scale to deliver one game rather than two.

    Over 30 staff are affected by this news across all disciples of the production process including art, design, infrastructure, marketing, programming, and others. This is a large number of staff which is no doubt very upsetting for all. Robot Entertainment as a mid-size developer has grown from its inception and as well as shipping multiple award winning games, it has been home to a number of long-standing developers, many of whom calling back to the days of Ensemble Studios. It goes without saying a mid-size developer is about friendship and values with many colleagues having worked together for 10 to 15 years or more.

    We would like to express our heartfelt sympathies to all those affected by this transition. With a great track record of games shipped we know that Robot is full of many talented people all of whom whose skills will no doubt be valuable to many companies. Lay-offs are a dark side of the nature of the gaming industry, but many companies band together to help their industry colleagues and I am sure many companies will be reaching out to Robot Entertainment talent. The studio is also supporting staff in these transitions. Unfortunately there are many challenges for a studio like Robot to manage a number of in-flight, full production projects at once.

    Lay-offs are never a good thing and we know that everything possible would have been done to avoid this scenario. Robot’s mid-sized position makes things very difficult, especially in the earlier production phases of new IP.

    Continuing onwards

    The studio however is pressing on with this so far unannounced upcoming new game. Although a smaller team now, the studios ambition to make great games continues. Hero Academy 2 and Orcs Must Die! Unchained will continue to operate, the servers are not going anywhere. Hero Academy 2 will also be receiving updates and patches, having just recently received the Ketsali faction update.

    While there is no news about the upcoming new game yet, keep your eyes peeled for news in the coming months.