Guardians of Atlas, the MOBA-RTS developed by YouTuber Day9, enters open alpha | PCGamesN

Guardians of Atlas, the MOBA-RTS developed by YouTuber Day9, enters open alpha

Guardians of Atlas

Kids these days. They get a laptop, they go on YouTube, they amass millions of followers, and then they think they can turn their hand to game development. Why don’t they leave it to indie developers who know their place? The unsuccessful ones living off toast, boxes of dry Corn Flakes and microwave noodles?

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Probably because their notoriety ensures the game in question is almost guaranteed a certain level of success. 

That’s exactly the case with the “free-to-play, multiplayer MOBA-RTS hybrid” action Guardians of Atlas offers, being the product of a studio - Artillery Games - formed by three ex-Googlers, Ankur Pansari, Ian Langworth and Mark Logan and aided for three years by prominent YouTuber Day9, also known as Sean Plott.

Confusingly, Plott actually left Artillery earlier this month. Nevertheless, Guardians of Atlas has successfully transitioned from private beta (which boasted 34,000 sign ups) to public alpha, which the world and his wife can now sign up for here.

“Guardians of Atlas is a unique MOBA-RTS hybrid for Windows and Mac which combines the action-packed, hero-centric gameplay of a multiplayer online battle arena game (MOBA) and the economy, territory control, and individual unit control of a real-time strategy (RTS),” offers the studio in its alpha launch blurb.

“In our first game mode, Skirmish, two teams of three players (3v3, PvP or bots) build and upgrade their armies, fight to destroy the enemy's base, and summon titans - powerful units that help a team push forward.”

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Artillery claims players with a MOBA background will find “depth and strategy” to the gameplay, while simultaneously players with an RTS background will “enjoy the frequent battling and unique army compositions.”

Big things are expected of Artillery. The company is already 17 people strong and raised $11 million in funding to date. If you want to check out how it’s doing so far, head on over to GuardiansofAtlas.com.

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Tehed Avatar
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1 Year ago

I think, especially when it comes to the RTS genre, it's a bit unfair to reduce Day9 to "being a YouTuber". Apart from having a degree in mathematics and interactive media, he's got some credit as a SC2-Player and personality: http://wiki.teamliquid.net/starcraft2/Day(9)

He know this genre.

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Keith Andrew Avatar
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1 Year ago

Wasn't my intention to suggest he doesn't. :-) Being a successful YouTuber is not a slight, chap. It is, however, the way most gamers will know him.

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Carlositos Avatar
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1 Year ago

The tone of the article made it seem like any random youtuber could go design a game. Like Tehed pointed out, it's not really connected to his career on youtube. I think the article is kind of misleading.

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cpt.fantastic Avatar
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1 Year ago

I second this. I feel that Day9 is more "important" than whatever this Artillery company tries to be and the fact that Sean left the development isn't a very good sign. His twitter and interviews seem to be dodging questions about the game as well which may or may not suggest bigger problems in development.

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KWPaul_Games Avatar
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1 Year ago

Reading the article over now and agreed, my first read of this was that you classed Day[9] as a "Youtube Kid" that "That's exactly the case" line really made me think that to be honest.

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TravisNJ Avatar
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1 Year ago

He is legendary as far as commentators go. Either way, I tried some of this today, and I don't know what it is, but. It just feels off. The heros aren't complex enough, (2 total skills, beginning and ultimate). I know its meant to be simpler, but it still needs to be something you should pay attention to. Has potential definitely, nice graphics(if you like that art style, like a more precise last day of old earth)

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cpt.fantastic Avatar
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1 Year ago

I thought that the trailer didn't promise much either.

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Keith Andrew Avatar
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1 Year ago

(It was a joke, chap.)

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