Awesomenauts goes free-to-play in May, present gamers can take a look at the modifications right this moment

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Cartoony MOBA-platformer and cult indie hit Awesomenauts is getting an enormous replace right this moment, set to pave the way in which for a shift to free-to-play on May 24. All present gamers will get to check the modifications in a beta when the replace hits.

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The new-look Awesomenauts will characteristic:

  • An overhauled tutorial to make the sport extra accessible (a well-known problem for any even vaguely MOBA-like video games as a result of extremely aggressive gameplay).
  • A brand new development system, beneath which you’ll level-up your profile in addition to every of your characters. Doing both will unlock distinctive rewards akin to foreign money bonuses, portraits, character gadgets, and portraits – you’ll by no means be removed from the subsequent reward, say Ronimo.
  • A brand new foreign money – Awesomepoints – which you’ll be able to earn by enjoying matchmade video games, both in opposition to different gamers or through the brand new ‘co-op vs bots’ mode. Awesomepoints can unlock playable characters, profile portraits, and new drop-pods.
  • Medals. These are unlocked by reaching milestones within the sport, and are a technique to showcase your proudest achievements. All of the brand new customisation choices may be unlocked both by finishing milestones in-game, or buying them with in-game foreign money.

Real cash remains to be the one manner to purchase character skins, however can now even be used to purchase particular person playable characters (as in most full-blooded MOBAs) and drop-pods. 

Nobody will lose something in the course of the transition, say Ronimo. Existing gamers may have all of the content material they beforehand owned unlocked, and, as a further ‘thank-you’, if you happen to’ve registered Awesomenauts on Steam earlier than right this moment, you will be granted ‘founder’ standing, and obtain a singular medal within the courageous new world. Here’s a useful chart to make clear what you will get primarily based on what you personal now:

As you’ll be able to see, if you happen to personal Awesomenauts and each its expansions (Starstorm and Overdrive) earlier than the transfer on May 24, you will be mechanically upgraded to the brand new ‘Awesomenauts All Nauts Pack’, which grants all playable characters totally free, endlessly (different gamers can even purchase the All Nauts pack at any time). 

The dwell beta for the brand new Awesomenauts launches later right this moment – at 17:00 BST, or 09:00 Pacific. Then, on Wednesday May 24, the sport will formally relaunch as a free-to-play title.

If you did not know, Awesomenauts is a three-on-three multiplayer motion platformer. Set within the 12 months 3587, you will decide from a forged of zany sci-fi characters and do battle together with your enemies on a vibrant 2D map. It payments itself as an accessible MOBA, like a MOBA-lite. Diet MOBA.

Anyway, it is fairly profitable, having welcomed over two million gamers to its group since its launch in August 2012. It’s on Steam here and, at £6.99 ($9.99), it is fairly low cost even with out free-to-play.