Amazon Game Studios reveals 4v4 “sport brawler” Breakaway

When Amazon purchased Twitch for nearly a billion dollars back in 2014, you knew they were serious about their entrance into the video game industry. Today, they let the world know just how serious they are with the unveiling of Breakaway, their first “AAA” game project.

Developed by Double Helix, Breakaway is a 4v4 “sport brawler” for the PC that looks a bit like hockey… though with less ice and more buildable death traps:

Breakaway is a 4v4 mythological sport brawler built for fast action, teamwork, and live-streaming. Players assemble a team from an expanding roster of legendary warriors, including the relentless gladiator Spartacus, the twisted sorceress Morgan Le Fay, and the bloodthirsty warlord Vlad the Impaler.

At the start of each round, warriors can summon persistent buildables onto the playing field that dynamically alter the game. Buildables can besiege foes, shield teammates, or create new pathways through the arena. Players fight for dominance across fabled locations such as El Dorado, Atlantis, and Styx.

They battle to control the Relic–the center of Breakaway’s action–passing it to teammates, defending it from attackers, and smashing it into an opponent’s base to score.

Naturally, Double Helix will be packing Breakaway with a number of Twitch-specific features, including “real-time stat overlays” for viewers and in-game wagering:

  • Metastream allows streamers to customize their broadcasts with real-time stat overlays.
  • Broadcaster Match Builder lets broadcasters invite their followers to join their matches.
  • Broadcaster Spotlight adds to the excitement of streaming. It tells players when they’re in a match that’s being broadcast, and lets them follow the broadcaster with a single click.
  • Stream+ gives broadcasters new ways to interact with their viewers through polls, and by allowing viewers to wager loyalty points that are redeemable for in-game rewards.

Prospective players can visit to learn more about the game’s characters and to sign up for a chance to join the Alpha Test. For a sneak peek at what you can expect, a ten-minute video showcasing the world’s first Breakaway exhibition match can be found after the break.

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John Scalzo is Warp Zoned's Editor-In-Chief and resident retro gaming expert. You can follow him on Twitter or email him at john AT warpzoned DOT com.

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