PASADENA, Calif. – July 20, 2011 – Liquid Entertainment, the studio behind Dungeons &Dragons: Dragonshard for the PC and the upcoming Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes of Neverwinter for Facebook, will develop and publish mobile games starting with a collectible card game based on the studio’s beloved real-time strategy game, Battle Realms. The game will be out for iOS and Android devices in 2012.
Battle Realms on mobile devices marks Liquid’s transition from a console/PC developer to a mobile developer and publisher, signaling a new direction for the 12-year old studio. An independent developer at heart, Liquid will use its expertise in creating new IPs with a hardcore sensibility to give mobile gamers the intense, fulfilling gameplay modern smartphones and tablets can offer.
“Maturing mobile platforms like iOS and Android allow us, for the first time, to translate the Battle Realms universe into an addictive, unforgettable card game you can enjoy anywhere, anytime,” says Ed Del Castillo, President, Liquid Entertainment. “It’s been an undying dream of mine to allow gamers to gather socially and play games together again, and the technology is finally here to make that possible.”
In the original Battle Realms, launched exclusively on PC in 2001, four Clans (Dragon, Serpent, Wolf, Lotus) dispute a small piece of land broken off of a much larger continent. The game was a labor of love for Liquid and resulted in one of the richest worlds the company has ever built. The forward-looking design made it easy for gamers to come up with new strategies, like training Peasants to become Soldiers or actively exploiting the environment to their Clan’s advantage. The Living World feature, for example, allowed for boundless experimentation – and new tactics are being discovered to this day.
Many of the core gameplay principles behind Battle Realms are a natural fit to the card game format, including:
Peasants became Soldiers and Soldiers cross-trained to become different or more elite versions of themselves. The idea that some units can be upgraded to a new class is a gameplay mechanic near-and-dear to Liquid.
In the PC game, fire would grow and spread on its own — and it could only be put out by water, which could in turn be used to make rice grow faster. Boulders could be pushed downhill to smash towns harboring enemy soldiers. If players ran in the forest, birds would fly up from the trees. Wild horses roamed the land and could be captured and domesticated. The Battle Realms world was a living, breathing universe filled with believable elements — a crucial trait that will certainly make an appearance in the new game.
Every unit in Battle Realms could get Battle Gear. A Peasant trained in the Archery Range would emerge an Archer, a great anti-personnel Soldier. When taken to the Fireworks Factory, the Archer would emerge a Fire Archer. Fire arrows did very little damage to enemies but great damage to enemy buildings. And so forth. Every unit in the game had combinations that would give them new roles, a perfect match for the card game format.
“The new Battle Realms is the first in a full slate of products based on this very deep, engaging IP,” says Holly Newman, CEO, Liquid. “Starting with mobile is the best way to re-introduce the Battle Realms universe to a whole new generation of gamers.”
The game will be launched for both iOS and Android devices in 2012 and will be a collectible card game set in the Battle Realms universe (see concept art).
Most hardcore gamers know Liquid from Dungeons & Dragons: Dragonshard and Rise of the Argonauts for the PC. The studio also worked on several licensed properties.
Links to the Game:
Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes of Neverwinter: http://www.facebook.com/HeroesOfNeverwinter
About Liquid Entertainment
Founded 12 years ago, Liquid Entertainment has dedicated itself to creating original IP and crafting unique experiences through video games. Our projects live in all gaming environments – PC, consoles, web, social and mobile.
Liquid is behind several PC and console classics including Rise of the Argonauts, the original Battle Realms, Dungeons & Dragons: Dragonshard, and a host of new mobile and social games including the recently announced Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes of Neverwinter for Facebook.
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