Shadow Arena Shifts Gears

Pearl Abyss announces a shift in focus for Shadow Arena, their free-to-play PvP game. They are setting aside the game's 1v40 battle royale gameplay in favor of a trio mode with 3v3 combat which sounds more like a MOBA. Here are the details:
The change comes after an extensive review of player feedback during early access, which has given the developers the opportunity to give its players exactly what they’re asking for: more strategic and cooperative gameplay. The biggest change is a dramatic shift in scope, with the new “Trio Mode” narrowing combat into 3v3 battles, where each teammate has a clearly defined role.

Additionally, Pearl Abyss has outlined distinct Hero roles on the team: each hero in Shadow Arena now falls into three distinct categories, with more specific team roles that facilitate teamwork, strategy and a co-operative focus.

  • Brawler: Has high life/defense skills and uses strong crowd control and rush skills to lead battles, but is limited in attack range. Brawler Heroes include: Schultz, Goyen, Jordine Ducas
  • Dealer: A fast and mobile class with high damage skills but has low HP and defense stats. Dealer Heroes include: Yeonhwa, Haru, Orowen, Ahon
  • Support: Focused on buffs and healing party members, but is not a strong 1v1 combatant. Support Hero includes: Herawen