Posted By Shaun K. about 3 months ago
When Child of Light was first announced several weeks back Ubisoft released only enough details about it to create intrigue. Now hard facts, a first trailer, and a bevy of screenshots have been released that draw the game into further focus while only making it all the more intriguing as well. Mark my words: this one is going to be getting a lot of buzz around it in the months ahead.
The game’s setup is pure fairy tale by design: “When Aurora fell ill she found her soul transported from her home to the magical kingdom of Lemuria where the Black Queen had stolen the Sun, the Moon and the Stars. Now that her soul is in Lemuria, Aurora must find the missing light sources and defeat the Black Queen to restore the kingdom’s inhabitants who have been turned into crows.” A floating ball of light named Igniculus will join Aurora on her quest and can even be controlled by a second player for some co-op fun.
Speaking of gameplay, Child of Light will combine 2D exploration and platforming with a JRPG-style turn-based active-time battle system deliberately meant to recall the classic Final Fantasy titles of old. Aurora and other companions will be controlled by one player and perform all the usual attacks and other actions of a JRPG while Igniculus “uses his light source to blind enemies and slow them down, directly heal comrades and collect orbs to restore the party member’s health and mana.” Furthermore, the two can split up out of battle and there will even be areas that only Igniculus will be able to enter and explore.
Visually, the game will make use of the UbiArt Framework engine which was used to such amazing and gorgeous effect in Rayman Origins and Legends to help create its vibrant and stunning world. If all of this was not enough, Ubisoft are even describing the game as both a highly personal tale and one that will serve as a tribute to such classic 16-Bit JRPGs as Final Fantasy VI and Chrono Trigger. If you are still not excited after all that then check out the game’s announcement trailer and a number of screenshots below. Provided you still have a pulse excitement should likely follow.
Child of Light will be released sometime in 2014 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, PS4, Xbox One and PC as a download only title. Stay tuned to Blistered Thumbs for continuing coverage of this and other games and be sure to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.