The lights are on
When Activision first announced Skylanders, few realized how big the now $2 billion franchise would be. It, and its new rival, Disney Infinity, are great for all ages, but they are targeted more precisely at young players. Figurine modeler Jean Bey, who has an extensive history in miniature games, and his Hanakai Studio are blending is wonderfully detailed creations with a strategy RPG experience.For anyone even the slightest bit familiar with other "toys to life" games, the language of figures interacting with a "portal" is commonplace. Prodigy adds a third component, cards that also feature near-field communication. These are used to trigger actions in the game, similar to the generic command cards used in Sony's Eye of Judgment on the PS3.The portal isn't a simple surface like that of the youth-oriented games. Instead, it is a larger rectangle that is divided by underlighting into three rows of four spaces each. Figures come in two core varieties: larger guardians and humanoid watchers.
The RPG will feature persistence and growth for your collection. The figures will level up and learn new abilities throughout the adventure.Bey tells us that the computer screen is simply an extension of the game board, and the mouse and keyboard will never be required. The digital version of the game is running on Unreal Engine 4 and looks stunning. The in-game models accurately reflect the detail and precision of gorgeous miniatures.Prodigy is headed for a Kickstarter campaign beginning on April 2, and Bey says that when it arrives at retail, the Prodigy starter kit will be reasonably and comparably priced. It will include three miniatures, eight cards, and a ring of power used for simple functions in-game (as of now).
As a fan of Skylanders, the idea of a mature game featuring stunning miniatures appeals to me. I still need to see more, including a multiplayer game played with the full rule set and examples of how the single-player campaign will work in practice.I'm sufficiently intrigued, even if the miniatures were simply shelf warmers (yes, they are that beautiful). We'll have more on Prodigy as its development progresses.
Comparatively, this looks like they are dumbing down gameplay and making the controls more complicated and expensive... the proverbial 3 steps back I would say.
Looks freaking awesome! That said, I still maintain that this will be like Infinite and Skylanders: the video game version of smack. Sure it doesn't look that pricy when you pick it up, but $1,0000 or so later and you start to wonder what you're doing with your life...if you're lucky, that is. I've never dropped any coin on these overly flashy and to some extent gaudy games...no matter how cool I think they are! :-D
Why hasn't Warhammer jumped on this?
This looks really interesting! A few questions naturally arise, mainly does the studio have the resources to keep up with things like Skylanders. Considering that most of the people I have ever met that enjoy Skylanders and Disney Infinity are adults and not children, having an adult-centered platform seems a no-brainer. I'll be watching the kickstarter with interest.
Oh great. This is what I fear.
Just wait until Pokemon does it. Then I'm truly screwed.
Looks really interesting. Of course, I will need more information before I am sold on a game with figurines, as that could put a dent in my wallet.
Others may be complaining but I think it looks pretty damn cool, then again, I'm easily impressed.
I want this game now! think I found my first kickstarter I'm going to back...
this looks amazing
Dubious about games that feature this system. I'll wait and see before I make a decision, personally.
I'm not really interested in this type of game, but dang those figures are incredible. I hope this finds success.
I really enjoy games! That's really awesome.