If there is really one genre of game out there that I find absolutely fascinating it would have to be melee games. I’m not quite sure why it turned out that way, but something about properly done swordplay is just awesome, especially in an online competitive setting. Imagine playing a shooter in all of the same ways, but instead of trying to shoot someone, you are trying to attack them with a sword, spear, axe or even a bow. It’s a whole new dynamic and is so utterly addicting.
What’s funny is that there are even classes of these games, sub-genres to the sub-genre. It’s like saying that you like metal, you have to clarify. Do you like death metal, black metal, grindcore, crust, postmetal or every other strange classification in between. See, just like for shooters you can say that there is your Call of Duty, or basica arcade shooter, there is your Battlefield, which is a little bit more of a simulation, then there are your ArmA-like games that are for the hardest of hardcores.
That’s kind of how the world of PC melee games are right now and while they aren’t huge, they are popular enough to all have their own crazy, awesome communities that keep the games alive. The Call of Duty of the genre is easily Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, the Battlefield could be some of Paradox’s recent outings like War of the Roses, while the crazy, nerdy, hardcore game would have to be from TaleWorlds with Mount & Blade. I find myself leaning more towards Mount & Blade Warband these days after moonlighting with Chivalry for a few hundred hours.
It looks like that world is about to have a new entry into it and it comes from a rather unlikely place; Bethesda. Weird, right? Bethesda will be publishing the game developed by a studio called BattleCry, the game called, get this, BattleCry. BattleCry have yet to release anything just yet, but were hiring for a project that involved microtransactions last year, leading many to believe that they’d be working on a free-to-play game, which is indeed the case. BattleCry (the game) will be an online, free-to-play melee game that seems to be much in the vein of Team Fortress 2, which has carved out its own niche in the online shooter world since 2007, moving to free-to-play in 2011. Hell, PC Gamer even said that it kind of plays like a melee TF2, making this whole classification system all the more complete.
The game will be on display at E3 with attendees apparently being able to play the game, but it’s expected to not move into beta until early 2015, so for now this announcement video is all that we’ve got. I for one am looking forward to yet another melee game to be able to play, even if it will be muddled with microtransactions. I mean, something has to hold us over until Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord is released, right? Just as long as this isn’t a MOBA. God, please don’t be a MOBA.