Duelyst [official site] is now in open beta. The turn-based strategy game was successfully Kickstarted last year and has been in closed beta for some time, but now anyone can sign up and play via its site.
Duelyst [official site] raied double its modest Kickstarter target early last year, and impressed us in June when Marsh tried the free-to-play game’s closed alpha. He thought it a “whip-smart mixture of card play and turn-based tactics.” If you’d like to try it for yourself, we’ve got 10,000 keys to giveaway for the game’s ongoing closed beta.
RPS Feature Feud for Thought
If this year’s E3 was anything to go by, 2015 may well prove to be the year of the collectible card game. All the big names seemed to have one, but none of them seemed to be able to tell you why theirs was the one you should play. For me, these johnny-come-latelys may have already been rather handily upstaged: none seemed to advertise anything like the ingenuity of the free-to-play Duelyst [official site], with its whip-smart mixture of card play and turnbased tactics, whereby you summon fantastical units to a gridded arena and duke it out until one general falls.
It’s in closed alpha at the moment, and I’ve been really enjoying it – though I feel I’ve barely scratched the surface of the strategies that are possible. Luckily, I’ve been able to pick the ample brains of Counterplay Games’ Keith Lee about Duelyst’s six factions, their varied tactics and the long-term ambitions to use the aggregated wins and losses of players to inform an ongoing epic narrative.
Counterplay Games raised $137,707 (£90,000-ish) on Kickstarter in 2014 for Duelyst [official site] with a dream of turn-based tactical combat focused on competitive ranked multiplayer. It was to run under that quaint ‘pay-once-and-get-a-game’ model, with pledges offering the game starting at $15 (£10) and running up to $70 (£45) for versions with fancy skins and instant unlocks of units and spells. Well! Eleven months later, Counterplay have changed their minds, and announced it’ll be free-to-play.
RPS Feature The Bannerstone Hearthsaga
For eons now, humanity’s greatest philosophers, scientists, and Internet commenters have debated over the correct usage and spelling of the word “duel.” When you use that version? When is it “dual”? Despite being an incredibly simple binary, the true answer is still shrouded in mystery. And now, more confusion. A third entrant to the dual duel of due(a)ling-ness: Duelyst. It’s a gorgeous-looking turn-based strategy RPG from developers who headed up the likes of Diablo III, Ratchet and Clank, and Rogue Legacy, but it’s focused on rapid-fire Hearthstone-style competition instead of a winding Banner-Saga-esque, er, saga. Don’t let that frighten you off, though. There’s a lot of promise in this one. Also, it’s not free-to-play. One purchase, one even playing field. Reveal video/interview below.