PAX East 2016 – Deckbound

paxeast2It’s been a long while since we’ve heard anything on the Deckbound front, but at PAX this year they were showing off their latest games using their Bitcoin Blockchain generated cards. Both Deckbound Heroes and Deckbound Quest were on display, both in beta form. I was actually informed that Deckbound Heroes will be going through an overhaul with a new engine soon.

We’ve heard a bit about Heroes before. It’s a CCG strategy game with ranked competitive play tournaments and events. They’ve now stated it’ll be out on both Desktop and Mobile, as will their single player dungeon-crawl, Deckbound Quest. Both games use a player’s Deckbound card collection, and cards can be leveled and augmented in both.

Deckbound__black-and-transI actually got a chance to sit down with Deckbound Heroes for a bit, and it’s definitely still a rough game, with more of a mobile game feel than a desktop one. The controls were still a bit clunky, the graphics unpolished, and the card system a bit confusing. I saw a bit of Heroes, as well, but didn’t get to play. Heroes is definitely the much better looking game of the pair, though to be fair it’s been in development longer.

There wasn’t much to be said about the actual technology behind the cards and how that will work in-depth, and that’s what interests me the most. I’m not getting my hopes up too high, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed the Deckbound will deliver something more than just a gimmick.

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Deckbound Heroes Closed Alpha Coming Soon

deckboundheroesAfter waiting for what seems like an eternity, Deckbound Heroes will be entering a Closed Alpha soon. If you’ve redeemed a Deckbound Tour Pass from one of the stands at E3, Gamescom, Tokyo Game Show, Paris Games Week, Coxcon, EGX or Insomnia, or purchased an early access pack then you’re already on the list to get access. After that EVA Plexus Limited will be sending out a small amount of invites.

They stress that this is an Alpha product. There’s still gameplay issues and balancing to work out. It’s also going to focus more on gameplay than actual card ownership, though you will eventually be able to mess with that, too.

I’m really excited, and can’t wait to get my code. I bought into the “Firstborn” with the minuscule amount of BitCoin I had towards the beginning of their fundraising, and have been waiting for a release for quite some time.

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