A brand new venture, Blue Manchu, has also announced its first project: Card Hunter, a Flash-based browser game powered by microtransactions. It's an original fantasy-themed collectible card/board game hybrid.
Right now, Chey is the only full-time member of Blue Manchu - for which he is providing his own funding - but he's getting a few helping hands from other veterans of Irrational Games. In an interview with Gamasutra，Chey explained the title in a little more detail:
"The best way to describe it is, imagine I take an MMO, and every time you fight a monster, instead of playing a timer game with with pull downs and buttons that you click, you're playing a turn-based strategy game. You have little pieces on a board, and you play cards to move those pieces around, and that's the battle you fight."
Card Hunter is planned as browser-based, but the studio is considering a downloadable client as well. This upcoming title will offer competitive multiplayer experience that will use an micro-transaction model to sell vanity items but not cards; cards will solely be given to players by playing the game. The game is scheduled for launch in late 2011.
About Card Hunter
Card Hunter is a collectible card game with some twists:
Classic fantasy adventuring meets collectible card gaming and the result is entirely new. Tired of pressing buttons while grinding away at quests? Card Hunter is all about skill – your skill at deck building and playing your cards. Tired of paying for endless new card sets? Card Hunter lets you win by playing, not by paying.
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