Blue Manchu Games has announced a release date for its upcoming debut title, Card Hunter, which looks to mix the worlds of collectible card gaming with board gaming to create an experience that’s easy to play, but comes with limitless possibilities. The free-to-play browser game was created in collaboration with Richard Garfield, the creator of Magic: The Gathering.
Card Hunter contains both the expected story mode and multiplayer duels. The story mode sees players battling through “Game Master Gary’s” fantasy campaign, as the game makes references to traditional tabletop pen-and-paper RPGs.
The campaign is full of quests and battles with monsters both large and small, and as players complete these battles, their heroes will become stronger and access new items like weapons and armor. Outside of the story mode, players can battle other players in Card Hunter duels.
Card Hunter is Blue Manchu CEO Jonathan Chey’s first game after co-creating BioShock at Irrational Games.
“After working on BioShock and selling Irrational Games, I wanted to do something really different that appealed to my inner nerd. Card Hunter is the result,” said Chey, via a company release. “We’ve created a computer game that evokes the experience of playing a great fantasy RPG with your friends around a table – only with cards!”
Card Hunter will launch for free on September 12, and will be available for play in “all good internet browsers.” Players looking for an instant boost can also purchase the $25 Basic Edition upgrade, unlocking all of the single-player content, additional figures and the game’s “Club” membership right away.
Interested players can apply for the Card Hunter Beta by visiting the game’s official website.