The closed beta kicks off today
Odyssey Interactive is officially revealing its first title. It’s a fast-paced competitive game that mixes sports, MOBA, and more called Omega Strikers.
The new three-on-three “knockout striker,” as Odyssey describes it, is a free-to-play and cross-platform competitive game. It’s launching a closed beta on PC via Steam today, and will launch on mobile later this year, with a console release aiming for sometime in 2023.
But what is Omega Strikers? The best description might be that it’s like if soccer, League of Legends, and physics-based fighters like Smash Bros. all blended into one new genre.
Each team plays on a top-down arena, with a goal on either side. The idea is to smack the puck, called the core, around and knock them into the enemy’s goal to score points. Victory is achieved when a team hits five points and goes up by two.
Rough play is encouraged though, as characters can not only fight over the core, but also just plain fight. Abilities allow players to knock each other off the arena, creating power play potential in the interim.
An interesting cross-up
It’s an interesting combination of different competitive genres, which isn’t too surprising given the team behind it. Odyssey Interactive is a new studio, but its founders are former Riot Games developers, who have worked on League of Legends and Teamfight Tactics. With Omega Strikers, they’re tackling a different kind of game that still has some familiar ideas. Hero characters, fast combat, and designs that pop. Just add a puck and a goal.
Omega Strikers will launch with ten Strikers, their individual characters with unique designs and abilities to use in the arena. It plans to add more in future updates, alongside additional arenas, skins, unlockables, and more ways to compete.
Crucially, Odyssey also says there will be no loot boxes, consumable power boosts, or paid competitive advantages. All Strikers will be unlockable through regular play, as well as purchasable through the in-game store. Omega Strikers will also be cross-platform for play and cross-progression. So as other platforms start to roll out, players won’t have to rebuild their roster of Strikers.
The closed beta goes live on PC via Steam today, with plans to distribute keys via Twitch drops à la Valorant. Tune into anyone playing on Twitch and once you’ve watched enough, you can get access for yourself.