Ubisoft’s love letter to JRPGs brings a tear to my eye.
A few weeks ago, Ubisoft revealed that they were working on an RPG inspired by Square Enix’s games of old. Called Child of Light, the game stars a female protagonist in one of those coming-of-age type of tales that we’re all so fond of (and that’s so common in JRPGs).
Ubisoft revealed some more details about their downloadable title, including the fact that it will be available for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Wii U next year.
The game stars Aurora, the daughter of a duke from Austria, and cute as a button! She finds herself whisked away to some mysterious land called Lemuria, where everyone’s been turned into crows. Seems an evil Black Queen is behind the nefarious deed, so Aurora sets off to do what good guys do best: save the day!
You’re not doing this alone, however. You’ll be accompanied by a lil’ glowing light named Igniculus, who will be able to detect hidden objects and areas, heal your party, gather items, and other things.
As you explore the dark and dreary caves, foreboding forests, and frolicking fields, you will run into enemies and go into a battle field. It’s turn-based, and there’s a little metre at the bottom of the screen that indicates when your turn’s coming, and when your enemies will attack. There’s a brief “casting time” window towards the end of the metre, and if you attack the enemy during that time, they’ll lose their turn and get bumped back to the start of the metre. Of course, casting spells or using special attacks can throw off your timing, so you have to be careful.
… so yea… this battle system reminds me of another classic JRPG by Game Arts called Grandia. Check it out if you get the chance.
Igniculus can help you out by smackin’ dudes upside the head from time to time, making them miss their turns that way. Another thing that’s awesome about our blue glowy friend is that he can be controlled by one of your real-life, non-glowy friends. Another player can jump in and control Igniculus, and they can help you explore the land and do battle with baddies.
This game looks so beautiful. I’m getting a real Legend of Mana vibe from this (that game had a watercoloury, storybook feel to it, too). But ya know what’s better than seeing images (pretty as they are)? Seeing them in action, in this lovely trailer.
The more I see this game, the more excited I get. Of course, one must wait before the final product is in hand before passing judgment, but this is looking rather promising.
What do you guys think so far? Let me know in the Comments Section!