Tower Defense + MOBA + CCG = Orcs Must Die! Unchained

Tower defense mixed with third-person action made for a terrific marriage in Orcs Must Die! Now Robot Entertainment has partnered with free-to-play publisher Gameforge to add multiplayer PvP and collectible card game elements to the mix. The result is Orcs Must Die! Unchained, and you can get into the alpha today — for a price.

Robot Entertainment and Gameforge made the surprise announcement yesterday, describing OMD: Unchained as a “fast-paced Fortress Siege action game in which teams of heroes battle head-to-head to attackĀ andĀ defend ancient strongholds.” Tough to say for sure based on that description alone, but it sounds like a mash-up of Orcs Must Die! and Hi-Rez’s third-person MOBA, Smite.

And don’t forget the CCG elements. Robot says players will collect and upgrade heroes, weapons, traps and minions, and then create a custom “deck” for each match. See how it all looks in action in the teaser trailer below:

Interested? You can register for the beta now at the official OMD: Unchained site. No word on when the beta will actually begin, but if you want to get into the alpha, which started yesterday, you can purchase a $150 Founder Pack (which includes five game codes so you can get a full team of friends in immediately).

I’m a huge OMD fan, so I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on Unchained.

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