Today Sept. 5, 2013 Boston, Mass. based game company Apocoplay launched a Kickstarter for their new online CCG "Alteil: Horizons." Those who back the upcoming game can score "exclusive avatars and starter decks, beta invitations, alternate artwork, and even commissioned zombiefied art from the Zombie King, Arthur Suydam."
"Alteil: Horizons" combines tactical strategy with vast deck-building mechanics and unique features such as a day and night cycle that affects the way certain cards play. There's also "epic boss battles that may require an entire server of players to work together to defeat." Inspired by tactical RPGs, the game's creators have a vast range of experience from "Yu-Gi-Oh!," "The Legend of Zelda", "Final Fantasy X," and more.
According to a prepared statement from Apocoplay Head Producer and former "Yu-Gi-Oh!" scriptwriter, Sean Molyneaux:
Alteil: Horizons is the game I’ve dreamed of making for almost eight years. I’ve been in this industry long enough to see collectible card games grow from a niche interest here in the US to a hugely popular mainstream genre. Fast growth like this means that new CCGs have to be very high-quality to get attention, and with the caliber of artists we’ve signed and our focus on deeper, tactical gameplay, Horizons can be the best out there.
One aspect that sets this game apart from its rivals is the amount and quality of the game's art. It features artists such as Zach Weinersmith from Saturday Morning Breakfast and Tim Buckley from Ctrl+Alt+Del. They've already secured over 2,000 images "from veteran designers who previously worked on franchises including "The Legend of Zelda," "Marvel Bishojo", and "Pacific Rim.""
Alteil: Horizons provides a deeper CCG experience through turn-based RPG-style tactics and unique features which offer expanded strategic options – and challenges. Special Soul Cards can be used to alter a game’s conditions to better fit a player’s personalized strategy, while an innovative Day and Night cycle vastly changes the in-game tactics for cards such as vampires, werewolves, or undead. With card art from artists including Katsuya Terada, Shunya Yamashita, Hitoshi Yoneda, and recent addition Zach Weiner, from popular webcomic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, Alteil: Horizons will offer players stylish, imaginative visuals as they face off against other gamers or the computer AI in a struggle to control, or save, the world of Lavato.
You can read more about the game on their Kickstarter page.