Gamers often make me laugh and facepalm simultaneously. When hearing that a vocal minority of gripers on a Might & Magic fansite referred to Capybara’s turn-based strategy RPG/Puzzle mash-up game as “Might and Magic: Rash of Herpes”, I couldn’t help but snicker.
However, just because something is clever doesn’t mean it isn’t stupid. Clash of Heroes clocked in amongst the top 5 rated DS games for all of 2009. Sorry, haters – it sounds like the rash is spreading.
Andrew Kauz and I had the good fortune at PAX East to chat with Capy president and co-founder Nathan Vella, and get a sneak peek at the upcoming remake of the game for XBLA and PSN. Spoilers: It looks good.
With Clash of Heroes making the jump to HD consoles comes the jump to HD sprites, and the small but dedicated team at Capybara is excited about the upgrade. There’s some love in the art being done here; some of the animations have upwards of 100 frames per attack. I really dug the visual style of the game, it’s very clean already and they still have time for additional polish.
Outside of the visual upgrades, Capy is taking feedback from the DS launch and using it to re-balance many sections of the game. Players will now have the ability to back out of a no-win situation if they see that their opponent is overpowered.
Multiplayer is getting some new features as well; 2 on 2 matches will be offered to provide another layer of strategy, and an online ranking system will also be implemented.
When Vella was demoing the game, he wanted to show us a particular animation, but he knew the strategy so well that he kept beating the opponent a turn or two before the animation could trigger. He’d win the round, and then realize he forgot, wince and apologize with a sheepish smile.
It was great to see someone who touches the game daily to still have that level of interest in actually playing it. In the same vein as “never trust a skinny chef”, it’s important that game makers are into their own titles. You can tell that the Capy fellas love to play their own game, and that’s a great sign in my book. I’ll be watching this one for sure.