Artix Entertainment, a small indie studio comprised of 5 individuals, has announced the beta start date of their latest PvP MMORPG Oversoul. The MMORPG will be available for everyone to try tomorrow, October 31st.
Oversoul is an interesting browser based MMORPG that focuses heavily on PvP fights. Traditionally when we see a turn-based MMO it generally relies heavily on its PvE encounters. In the case of Oversoul though, we see an interesting system in place of the more traditional turn-based titles we have seen.
Players are given battlecards to battle against each other. Each player and monster has its own strengths and weaknesses and so players will have to adapt which cards they use to each situation. There is some PvE in the game but it mostly serves as a way for players to gain more cards to use in PvP battles. Once a player defeats a monster, the player will have a chance to possess the monster and play the game as that monster.
Monsters can then be evolved over time, increasing their stats and actually changing their appearance.
The game seems to have quite a bit of depth with each player managing 5 cards throughout the battle. Each card has its own focus, whether that be attack, defense, or a special move. Specials are fairly rare and allow for unique abilities such as preventing an enemies turn completely or exchanging hit points for a greater attack. However a player cannot always cast a card.
Each card has a energy requirement in order to cast and players must decide if they want to expend energy casting just one card or wait and “charge” their deck for more energy to expend the next turn. It becomes an interesting risk/reward style of play with players risking a brutal enemy attack in exchange for enough energy to cast a couple of cards in one turn for perhaps a game changing blow.
It’s interesting to see card game style of mechanics heavily implemented in an MMO which on the surface seems to try and distance itself from a traditional Online TCG. I’ve been getting more and more into turn-based games lately and will have to give this one a whirl as well. You can sign up for the beta yourself over at the official website now. Are you fans of turn-based MMO’s that have card like mechanics?