Dean04 Dec 20168499
The all mighty update to Orcs Must Die! Unchained is now only a few days away. The servers are currently offline as Robot Entertainment prepares for the upcoming release due to land on December 6th. This update will see the removal of the siege mode and the focus now on the survival gameplay bringing things feeling more like OMD 1 and OMD 2. The studio has been listening carefully to player feedback and this release will demonstrate some of that feedback being addressed. Recently on social media the following graphics have been testament to some of that player feedback being listened to and actioned in this soon to be released patch.
The patch notes are now also available for your leisurely reading. As you can imagine these are some seriously lengthy patch notes! Chris Rippy, VP of Production at Robot Entertainment also provides us with a a covering note to summarize the changes coming up.
This update is HUGE. If you’ve been following our progress, then you know that this update introduces massive changes to the game. We have removed our Siege PvP mode. As much as we loved it within the walls of Robot (and that love was definitely shared by a segment of our players), Siege mode was just not raising the bar for fun in Orcs Must Die! Unchained as we had hoped it would. By removing this mode, we’re able to fully focus on bringing back the classic Orcs Must Die gameplay that players thought was missing in OMD!U.
At Robot, we are really proud of the new version of Orcs Must Die! Unchained that you’re about to play. From the newly overhauled moment-to-moment action and trap strategy to item collection and player progression, the changes should be immediately obvious to you.
With these changes, we’ve tried to bring back that OMD feeling. With that said, our players are our best judges of our success, and as always, we want to hear from you. What do you like? What do you feel still needs improvement? Give the new update a go and let us know what you think!
A note about accounts, resets and refunds
Before diving into the patch notes it is important to remember there is an account reset with this update. With so many changes to the whole game, it is understandable that resetting accounts was the only option and that player progress simply could not be converted into the new meta.
If you are an existing OMDU Open Beta player and you had a balance of coin from either founders packs or purchases made, or if you have acquired any promotional items we encourage you to read through the forum post detailing what will happen with your account in terms of reimbursement. You can read the full details here: The Reset and You. In all cases players will end up with MORE gold value than they would have had originally with 50% additional gold for these purchases in both regions (NA and EU).
Onto the good stuff
The full patch notes are available at: https://forums.orcsmustdie.com/discussion/11657/patch-notes-release-1-6
You can read about all the hero changes that are being made to make sure every hero is aligned to work well in Survival. Plus a look at some of the new maps. There are 10 new maps in total to keep us busy in this release. Including the return of some fan favorites including:
GATES OF THURICVOD
Otherwise known as “Corridors” from OMD2. Now looking even better and more fiery in OMDU.
THE FALLING FOLLY
Go go go!
There is so much to check out and read on the patch notes. Sit back, and head over to the full patch notes to get fully up to speed on whats coming on Tuesday! See you back in-game shortly!Dean26 Nov 20168490
Last week Robot Enterainment achieved its goal of raising over $2000 as part of the 24hr stream in support of Extra Life. Justin “SixOkay” Korthof and “Danger Mike” among other bots stuck with the community on Twitch throughout the duration. This special stream also featured over three hours of BRAND NEW gameplay footage of the upcoming new update for Orcs Must Die! Unchained.
We get a look at all the brand new maps, brand new prologue and the re-worked heroes for the refreshed survival mode. Not only that but we get to see a first look at some new concepts including unstable rifts where rifts appear suddenly on a map spawning minions if not destroyed in time. Plus the new weekly challenge where each week players get a new unique challenge where Robot sets the map, the loadout, the heroes and a special type of objective. Ideas such as defending wave after waves of Gatebreakers where the only way to gain money for traps is by picking up coin drops. Designer Doug “ShadeDev” Houserman was on-hand to give us some thoughts on the direction for weekly challenges, commenting that they will generally be puzzle based or changing the way people think, such as playing maps without being able to use any traps, or just 1 hp / rift point.
The three hour stream also showed us that the in-game visuals have been improved and the physics has been ramped up a few notches. Heroes move faster and visual effects on traps and abilities are bigger and bolder. Speaking of heroes, be sure to check out the video footage below which shows a number of heroes in action, all with their new re-worked abilities. Wondering how Midnight has been tweaked for survival? Find out below! (Answer: she now has an awesome fast dash forward ability dealing damage).
Seeing is believing
Check out the video below to see all the sweet new OMDU content coming soon next month!
Extra Life donations still open!
If you have not yet donated to Extra Life and you would still like to get ahold of the exclusive Gabriella skin and support children’s hospitals, you still can! Just head over to the link below and donate $10 or more and you’ll receive a code for the skin when the next update lands.Dean16 Nov 20168479
The bots have been hard at work at the studio on the next big update to Orcs Must Die! Unchained. The next update, version 1.6 will bring major changes with the removal of siege mode and the renewed focus on Survival. One of the objectives of the next release is to bring back that classic OMD feel from the previous games to OMDU. According to the blog post on the OMD website, Robot has aimed to deliver this in the following ways:
- Faster and More Furious – Faster hero speeds, squishier minions, bigger physics – the classic OMD feeling has never looked and felt quite so glorious.
- Every Hero Rebuilt for Survival – Never again will players fear that their favorite hero can’t keep up in Survival Mode. Every single hero in the game has been rebalanced for Survival, giving players tons of hero combination options.
- All New Map Structure – There’s a whole new way to play through your favorite Battlegrounds in OMDU’s new difficulty tiers. Players must prove their worth before moving up to the next big challenge.
- Brand New Prologue – All new players will start with a brief campaign to get them started with all of the OMD knowledge they’ll need to bust heads in the Survival Battlegrounds.
The new prologue will be an great way of engaging new players to the game, and it will be backed by a small story. All of the heroes are being re-worked to be Survival ready, no longer will you need to worry about effectiveness of some heroes not being so great in the survival mode. More minions, more maps await! Oh, and Mr Moneybags is back too!
Super 24hr Stream!
To give eager fans a preview of the upcoming patch, Robot Entertainment will be hosting a 24 hour stream this Friday, 18th November. The 24 hour stream is also in aid of Extra Life, the 24 hour gaming marathon to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. A great cause to support and you can help Robot Entertainment achieve its funding goals via the Extra Life website.
Anyone who donates $10 or more will also get this sweet new Gabriela skin come next update.
Be sure to tune in at any time on Friday to see the bots from the studio playing OMD1 and 2 plus the first look at the brand-new OMDU patch 1.6 with all the awesome new changes! See you there on OrcsMustDie.tv!Dean26 Oct 20168473
Back in March last year, Petersen Games announced in collaboration with Robot Entertainment to launch the first Orcs Must Die! board game. The project went live on Kickstarter and was quickly funded within 24 hours of going live. The huge wave of passion for the board game saw Petersen Games add additional stretch goals. The result was a comprehensive offering of an awesome board game complete with two versions for the Order and Unchained and a raft of extra bonus heroes and boss packs.
If you have been backing the campaign you will have no doubt been eager to have your board game delivered. The good news is that in todays Kickstarter update we now have some provisional shipping times for US based backers. Not only that we have our first look of the actual product in the flesh! Sandy has put together the first unboxing video showing both the Order and Unchained sets along with all the Kickstarter sweet sweet bonus content! Check out the unboxing video below to see the treats that will soon be heading your way in the mail!Dean13 Oct 20168469
MMORPG have interviewed Chris Rippy to talk about how things are shaping up with the re-work of OMDU following the announcement to focus on survival gameplay and head back to the OMD 1 & 2 roots. Spearking to MMORPG, Chris says:
As much as we loved Siege, we made the tough call to devote our full focus to Survival. I will say, since we’ve made the decision, the game has progressed by leaps and bounds. It feels great, we’re able to be more innovative, and I think fans of the franchise will be really happy with the results.
It sounds like Robot are working really hard on the next major update to the game. Sure things are still quiet – but the great minds at Robot Entertainment are putting together all what they need to do for a great new OMDU Survival mode.
MMORPG: Once the change happens, where does the game go from here? How will it grow and evolve as a live service over time now?
CR: We’ve got a lot planned. Certainly you’ll see more maps, minions, heroes, and gear, but we have bigger plans than just that. Without being specific, we definitely want to bring more story into the game soon. We’ve also got some great plans around new ways to play the game that we’re really excited about. Of course, everything we add to the game will support the core OMD! Experience. We’ve got some great stuff coming soon!
There is alot to get excited about! Be sure to check out the full interview on MMORPG on the link below. They also have some sweet new OMDU screenshots!Dean19 Sep 20168456
Things have been a bit quiet over the last month or so, both here and at Robot HQ. The silence is usually a sign of big news to come and this is no exception. Today Robot Entertainment has announced how the studio plans to move forward with Orcs Must Die! Unchained following the recent Open Beta. There is some important news here about the future of the game.
The big news
Open Beta is about collecting feedback from players, the community and looking at the data. As players play the game data is collected which tells Robot what people like to play and combined with feedback on forums and reviews helps shape the final game based on players needs. Unfortunately after very careful review the decision has been made to stop work on the PvP Siege mode. This is absolutely not the end of OMDU, instead the Survival mode will now get the studios’ 100% focus. Siege and Survival modes have long been battling against other for studio resources. Balancing the heroes abilities, traps for both modes was becoming very difficult and has been slowing overall development progress for the game.
However the research from the data, the players has shown that there is more demand for gameplay closer to the classic OMD1 and 2 tower defense style. Robot have been working on the Siege mode for a number of years, rest assured that after all this time this decision is certainly not one that has been taken lightly. It is unfortunate but by focussing on making Survival a great game mode ensures solid foundations for OMDU with a strong community of players who can pick up the game and have great fun. Something we all want to see. This is not necessarily the end of PvP play for the long term, it is still open to returning. It will not be in the form that we see right now though.
There will no doubt be many disappointing Siege players reading this news, especially those who have been supporting game from the outset where Siege mode was the main component. For those players I say stick with it. Stick with the game as Robot moves forwards with Survival. What we see with Survival today is not how the game will be looking next patch. The studio has invested all its manpower in the new Survival mode. It’s going to be a big push with a lot of great content coming up. OMDU is heading to its roots. With the foundations in place it is important to remember that OMDU is built to scale, to adapt to new ideas and game modes later down the line. Getting a great Survival mode in place is just the start.
Robot Entertainment continues to listen to the community to get the best outcomes for the majority of players. Be sure to check out the full blog post on the Orcs Must Die! website to learn more about the reasoning and the plan ahead. There will also be an Insider Access tomorrow with Robot CEO Patrick Hudson and Executive Producer Chris Rippy. That’s at the usual time of 3PM CT. Ian Fischer, AKA “Morther” will also be taking to Reddit with an AMA on Thursday September 22nd. You can catch the Reddit right here: http://www.reddit.com/r/OrcsMustDie
Siege mode will be removed from the game with the next update, which so far does not have a confirmed release date. Stay tuned for more news.Dean09 Sep 20168451
If you are a fan of the infamous Worms series, Team 17 have a treat for Orcs Must Die! Unchained fans. As part of featuring various indie and mainstream games, the new Worms game features three OMDU inspired Worms styles – Max, Gabby and Blackpaw plus an awesome unique attack called “Minions” where minions spawn on the map and take to decimating enemy worms. The game is plenty fun!
Check out the trailer below and you can pick the game up on pretty much any platform, console and PC via Steam, Xbox One, PS4.