Ubisoft’s upcoming Role Playing Game, Child of Light, is an exciting and original proposition. Combining original characters and retro-influenced RPG gameplay, it could be a truly special experience. Though it’s not without its challenges.
Child of Light is the kind of game that could easily pass you by. Firstly, it’s an entirely new IP – so its name isn’t going to resonate with you. Secondly, its a downloadable only game – so it won’t be in your online shopping recommendations. Thirdly, its coming from Ubisoft, a studio that has much bigger games to promote – so the marketing for a small, downloadable game isn’t likely to be huge.
On the other hand, there are a lot of reasons to be hugely excited about Ubisoft’s Child of Light. Whether it’s the fact that the team behind Child of Light are largely made up from the team that made Far Cry 3 (a high caliber team, albeit making a very different game), or the fact that Child of Light is inspired by Final Fantasy VI – arguably the best of the Final Fantasy series [there is no argument, VII is the best – Ed], or the use of the awesome looking Ubi-Art framework – there is plenty to get your attention – once you know to look for it!
However, perhaps the biggest reason to be excited is when you see the game in action. An unbelievably original and beautiful looking game, it has a unique charm that makes you want to just reach out and touch it. Its fluidity of movement, combined with atmospheric textures make it look like amazing concept art that has been brought to life. Mesmerising.
Combat borrows from a classic RPG formula.
Check out the trailer below to get a taste of the treat that will be on offer for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC and Wii U from April 30th, 2014.
Richard is a father, teacher, gamer and writer. He believes that The Last of Us and Olli Olli 2 are the finest games ever made, feels that the StarWars Saga should only be watched in ‘the Machete order’ and once cleared Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time in one sitting. Took him 20 hours, four cups of tea and a sausage roll. You can follow him on twitter @TLOUFactionsMP or @VigilanteSanta and view his occasional twitch outbursts on twitch.tv/spooklebeans.