World’s first VR MOBA, Dark Eclipse, launching globally soon

Dark Eclipse, the first ever MOBA for PlayStation®VR, will be available globally on later this month. The game will be available as a free-to-play game and is playable with either DUALSHOCK®4 or PlayStation®Move controllers.

Dark Eclipse is a passion project from Japanese developer and publisher SUNSOFT as the company celebrates its 40-year anniversary, a rare milestone in the videogame industry. The title marks the company’s re-emergence into Western markets as the company brings MOBA mechanics to VR for the first time.

  • Free to Play, competitive online MOBA in VR
  • Blends elements of MOBAs and RTS games
  • Matches last anywhere between 10-30 minutes
  • Easy to learn control scheme mastered for VR that allows players to drag and drop characters anywhere on the playing field for in depth and moment to moment strategizing
  • Engage in a draft phase to pick a team of three “Leaders” from a roster of 15 characters including human “Heroes” and hellish creatures called “Dominators”
  • Expanded MOBA tower management with five different types of Towers each with different buffs, abilities and attacks
  • Multiple game modes, including solo play against computers, as well as player versus player matchups, either casual or competitive ranked mode
  • Playable with either one DUALSHOCK®4 or the PlayStation Move controllers

“With 40-years in the business, we’ve seen many gaming trends come and go, but few have been as exhilarating as VR’s expansion and mainstream acceptance,” said Shohei Sakakibara, Producer and Project Leader at SUNSOFT. “Everyone at SUNSOFT is enamored with this type of quick, strategic, multiplayer gameplay, so we brought our passion for the genre and combined the best characteristics of VR, MOBAs and RTS games into Dark Eclipse, a game that’s both familiar and eye-catchingly innovative.”

As true fans of the genre, SUNSOFT developed Dark Eclipse by finding balance between core MOBA elements and remixing conventional MOBA genre definitions. Dark Eclipse is a fast-paced one-on-one battle to overcome opponents’ teams of three “Leaders,” chosen from a roster of 15 characters with unique skills and abilities, and supporting “Soldiers” that kill at the behest of players’ orders. SUNSOFT is planning regular, free updates to the game, adding new Leaders and fine-tuning the game’s balance. Tight drag-and-drop controls push the real-time strategy (RTS) inspired mechanics even further as players place their units on the map directly while also choosing where to construct any of the five varieties of Towers that each apply different effects on the gameplay.

Dark Eclipse will be available to download globally on September 25th.

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