The Smell of Death: Orcs Must Die! Due in October

By Published September 20, 2011 at 11:13 am

You know what's worse than orcs? Orcs made by robots.

The castle-defending action game Orcs Must Die! has finally been given a solid release date by Robot Entertainment; currently set for XBLA on October 5th and PC (Steam and other platforms) on October 12th, we're wholeheartedly looking forward to what many of the former Age of Empires devs can bring us. Robot Entertainment, which formed rapidly after the disbanding of Microsoft's Ensemble Studios (RIP), will be putting out Orcs Must Die! as their first major title -- though they did co-develop Age of Empires Online.


Players can expect the following elements to be present in Orcs Must Die!:


- Play as the War Mage and defend 24 fortresses from an enraged mob of orcs and 11 other villainous monsters.

- Choose from a selection of 6 weapons and magic spells and 17 traps that hack, launch, flatten, gibletize, and incinerate your enemies.

- Upgrade your traps, spells and weapons to cater the game to your personal play style.

- Cleverly combine traps and spells for higher scores on the leaderboards.

- Expertly wield your wits and your weapons through the story-driven campaign and unlock a brutal “Nightmare” campaign.

- Replay fortresses endlessly, combining different defenses and tactics every time!


The official press release is below:

LANO, Texas - September 20, 2011 – Robot Entertainment announced today the upcoming release dates for   Orcs Must Die! ™ on Xbox LIVE Arcade and Steam (and other PC distribution platforms). Xbox players can massacre orcs by the thousands on October 5, 2011, and PC gamers on Steam can begin their murderous defense of rift fortresses on October 12, 2011. 

“The slaying hour is nigh upon us,” said Patrick Hudson, CEO of Robot Entertainment.  “We can no longer restrain the enemy at the gate.  We will soon turn the rift defense over to Xbox and PC gamers to beat back the mob and save the Order!”  

Orcs Must Die! is an action-strategy game that challenges players to defend fortresses under siege. With a wide variety of traps and weapons to choose from, Orcs Must Die! dares players to find the best ways to hack, launch, flatten, gibletize, and incinerate an endless army of filthy orcs and their vile allies. Orcs Must Die! features a vibrant look, addictive gameplay, and a blatant disregard for the welfare of orcs.

Orcs Must Die! is rated T by the ESRB, and will be available exclusively as a digital download. For more information about Orcs Must Die! , please visit
Last modified on September 20, 2011 at 11:13 am
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