Dean29 Mar 20188838
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.
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.Dean19 Mar 20188805
Hero Academy 2 has a new faction on the block – the Ketsali. This new faction is quite unique both in play style and art design making an interesting new entry to the game.
The Ketsali can be summed up pretty much as “bird people” with iconic design style of bright colours and feathers. They have a unique play style, with their units and spells focusing more around movement and board control, expect to see lots of cards for anti-movement and movement buffs. Units are diverse from warriors like War Talon to various animals.
The Ketsali are available now in Hero Academy 2 and they are completely free! Players can unlock Ketsali cards from card packs by playing the game or in store with a new Ketsali starter pack. For top tips on how to get started with the new faction you can also check out the blog on the Hero Academy 2 website which covers strenghts, weaknesses and some useful card synergies. Check that out here:Dean12 Feb 20188798
Happy patch day, heroes! BonusXP and Robot Entertainment have released a new patch for Hero Academy 2, bringing not only some balance changes to cards but also some brand new cards in the form of new Vermin weapon cards. Fancy 50% dodge or veil? Equip one of these new weapons!
- Skitter Skulls – On Equip: Gain Dodge 50%.
- Gut Opener – +1 Damage, Deal +2 Damage to Heroes with 3 or more Attack.
- Talked-Too-Much – +2 Damage, Heal 1 Health at the End of Turn.
- Calamity’s Candle – +1 Damage, Draw a random Spell from your Discard pile.
- Snapback Shot – +1 Damage, Eulogy: Add a Snapback Shot to your hand.
- Unfortunate Soul – +1 Damage, On Equip: Veil.
There are two new challenge packs now available as well to test your wits, themed around these new weapons.
In other news, in response to player feedback the mandatory tutorial has been re-tuned to be much shorter, helping players get into games quicker.
There are quite a few balance changes for each faction. You can review the full patch notes on the Hero Academy website, link below.Dean16 Jan 20188778
Happy launch day! Today sees the worldwide release of Hero Academy 2, the follow up to the 2011 hit original tactics game. Hero Academy 2 is available from today on Android, iOS for mainstream release but also available on Windows and Mac OS in early access.
The game has been developed by BonusXP in conjunction with Robot Entertainment.
The original, award winning Hero Academy was a great formula and the sequel is set to take this to the next level. The most notable change is that Hero Academy 2 will be using real-time matches. This means there will be no more long waits for players to make their moves. Instead players will be making moves there and then, this should greatly speed up the pace of games. There is also a brand new deck builder. Players collect cards of each faction to build up their own unique deck – there are hundreds of combinations! There is both single player campaigns, challenges as well of course, real-time multiplayer available.
All the download links can be found at HeroAcademy2.com. The game is free to download and play on all platforms. Go check it out, ready your card deck and play today!
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It’s that time of year again to say Happy Holidays to Robot fans and players worldwide. This year has been a big year for the studio having released Orcs Must Die! Unchained on both PC and PS4 following a long ride with the community beta testing. It’s ‘Merry Riftmas’ in game right now, login and play to contribute to the Winter event to unlock sweet chests with Christmas themed goodies!
Coming up in 2018, ‘Hero Academy 2‘ is soon set to be launching worldwide which will bring mobile tactics to Android and iOS following up on the very well received original, this time the game will be in real-time and featuring tons of new cards. Something great to look forward to coming up in 2018!
See you on the other side!Dean02 Dec 20178746
Hot on the heels of the Wu Xing battles expansion pack we have a new free content expansion coming to OMDU next week – patch 2.6. This release features a brand new playable hero, meet Dobbin’s wife – Brass!
Brass is a new playable hero for the Order and is a master engineer and is equipped with an OMD2 favourite weapon, the Blunderbuss! Previously used by Max in OMD2 the blunderbuss is back and it will feel and work almost exactly like it did in the previous game. She also brings to the game some interesting new unique abilities. As Master Engineer she is able to craft a defensive Dwarven Turret to place on the map as well as placing demolition mines. Both of these can be upgraded with her weaver tiers.
For instance the turret can be upgraded from its base turret to have an electric shield and missiles depending on what weavers players choose.
Here is the full list of her abilities:
Passive: “Short Stack” and “Scrap”
Brass is too short for large minions to see, so they will never attack her. Brass also collects scrap that drops from minions, which she needs for some abilities.
Primary Attack: Blunderbuss
Brass shoots a shotgun-style spread shot from her Blunderbuss. The closer to your target the more damage possible. The Blunderbuss also has a powerful knockback.
Secondary Attack: Cannonball Shot
Brass shoots a giant cannonball from her Blunderbuss that damages her target and explodes. The explosion also provides an area damage effect.
Third Ability: Swiss Army Wrench
Brass can use this ability to repair and upgrade her turret as well as damage minions. Any wrench attack on a minion guarantees a scrap drop.
Fourth Ability: Brass Bombs
Brass can place a land mine that explodes in an area when minions are nearby. Brass Bombs cost scrap to place and she can only have 15 out at a time.
Fifth Ability: Dwarven Turret
Brass places a ranged turret that attacks passing minions. She can use scrap to heal and upgrade the turret with her Swiss Army Wrench ability
Brass is set to be a very unique hero and she will bring alot of interesting new play styles to the game with her diverse abilities. Players could choose a defensive build with the turret, or an offensive build combining scrap metal pick up, cannonball and mine upgrades.
To find out more about Brass, check out the new blog on the OMDU website – Designing Brass. The blog goes into detail about the hero design and is an excellent read.
Another great new addition in this update will be the ability for players to host and join custom games. This has been a much wished for feature from the community, especially among those who have wanted to play a certain map instead of random maps being assigned by the matchmaker. Custom games will also enable playing with friends or guild members easier. Custom games will be available for all game modes.
- New Battleground: Castle Gates
- New Consumable: Terracotta Giants
- New Consumable: Elemental Mages
- New Consumable: Hide Minimap
Chaos Trials – new modifiers
- Additional Terracotta Giants
- No Minimap in Combat
Due to a number of changes being made to the game in this update, and previous updates including alot of balance changes, it is time for the leader boards to be refresh for players to start fresh. The reset is for all game modes, including players Sabotage rank. This means players will need to undergo 5 placement matches again before being assigned their Sabotage rank. Players previous Sabotage rank will be taken into account when assigning the new rank.
To read about all the balance updates and other new features coming in htis patch, check out the full patch notes over on the OMDU forums!
This update is due to land 6/7th December for PS4 and PC.Dean01 Nov 20178735
The Wu Xing Battles expansion pack for Orcs Must Die! Unchained is now Live on Steam and PS4. Players can download the update and enjoy a whole bunch of free new content including three new maps (playable in all game modes), a whole new faction “Wu Xing invaders” which includes a whole set of new enemy minions and there is also a brand new hero “Yi-Lin” to round everything off.
Download the update now and check out the great new content! See you in-game!