Ubisoft unveiled a brand new IP today at the European GDC. Child of Light is a sidescroller with turn-based battles. This title appears to be a mash-up of games like Limbo and the older entries in the Final Fantasy series, which it clearly drew inspiration from.
Child of Light will be a downloadable title based on the same engine as Rayman: Origins. This game has been intentionally built to feel like an indie title, and will reflect that through its smaller scope and creative design. Following the footsteps of the Japanese RPGs it drew inspiration from, Child of Light is a coming of age story, following a young woman as she grows both mentally and physically through her journey.
Patrick Plourde, creative director of Far Cry 3, stated that the game was conceived as a “playable poem”. He also stated that the beautiful painting-esque backgrounds, inspired by the fairy tale artwork of artists such as Arthur Rackam and Edmund Dulac, were not the first choice of visual style. The game was originally going to feature pixelated graphics, like the Squaresoft games that inspired it. Plourde wasn't too specific on the details, but hinted at certain gameplay elements, such as co-operative play.
More information regarding Child of Light to come when the game is officially announced during Ubisoft's “Digital Day Event” this September. The game itself is slated to launch this winter, and was implied to be coming to both PC and consoles. It has been said, however, that Child of Light will not be available on mobile platforms, nor will it be free to play.