In-development battle arena game Fates Forever
has closed out a round of Series A funding with $8.2 million in investment, led by a prominent investor behind Riot Games' League of Legends
A tablet-based MOBA, Fates Forever
is in development at Burlingame, CA-based Hammer & Chisel
, which was founded by OpenFeint co-creator
Jason Citron. It is intended to bring a full MOBA experience to touch devices.
"As I was building OpenFeint, I would often look around and wonder why there weren't any fantastic core games to play on my iPad like World of Warcraft
or Magic: The Gathering
," said Citron, as quoted in VentureBeat
. "It seems like a no-brainer."
Funding was led by Benchmark Capital's Mitch Lasky, an early investor behind Riot's successful League of Legends
. Lasky is expected to join Hammer & Chisel's board to oversee the investment, along with Studio 9+'s Peter Relan, another investor of the round. Other investors include Time Warner, Accel Partners, IDG Capital Partners, and GC Capital Partners.
Designed as a high fantasy setting populated by anthropomorphic animals, Fates Forever
seeks to take the overhead perspective and lane combat of League of Legends
and translate keyboard-specific controls into intuitive touch screen gestures. The game is due to launch in early 2014.