The guys and girls over at Robot Entertainment have announced some major changes for their online action game Orcs Must Die: Unchained. The title will soon lose its PvP mode called Siege. The developers took a moment in their official blog to discuss the reasons for this decision.
Apparently, the majority of players prefer playing the Survival mode, which is basically the “classic” Orcs Must Die game mode. Players have to fend off wave after wave of orcs to survive this mode. This has always been the main core of the two pay-to-play predecessors, and it looks like it is going to be the game mode that the developers behind Orcs Must Die: Unchained want to focus on in the future. According to the team behind the action game, there has only been a small group of players that have regularly enjoyed the Siege mode.
"As the game has grown, Siege and Survival modes have competed with one another more and more for development resources," the developers state on the official game homepage. It has apparently always been very difficult to balance out all traps, heroes, and items for both game modes. It seems like the community never felt like the developers succeeded in doing so, or else the PvP mode wouldn’t have been quite as unpopular. That doesn’t mean that there will never be another competitive game mode in the action game. However, Robot Entertainment is more focused on improving the online game in a way to make it feel more like Orcs Must Die 1 and 2.
Since the shift is quite expansive and brings a lot of changes to the game mechanics, the developers are forced to wipe all player accounts with the next patch. The community will lose its entire progress unfortunately. It will be a tough pill to swallow for all players, even those that can live without the Siege mode. It is not quite clear yet, when the wipe will take place. Players are invited to participate in an Ask Me Anything on Reddit to talk to the Design Director Ian Fischer.
Source: Official game homepage