Saturday, February 23

Battle Breakers


Epic Games, known for the planetary hit Fortnite, announced  Battle Breakers, an upcoming tactical RPG. They also said that the greatest inspiration for the story and characters are Saturday morning sci-fi anime cartoons of the 80s. The game itself is a turn-based battler about taking back your Kingdom from space monsters.

The thing that doesn’t look very promising is the overall look of the game. Epic make some of the most advanced real-time graphics technology in the industry and they choose to make a mobile game full of pre-rendered art that would make most Korean MMORPGs seem like the work of Titian by comparison. Indeed, it might seem that characters that are fighting on a splash screen are trying to run away from the interface at any cost. You might like ultra-busy screens full of clashing cartoon colours and flashing power-ups and textual reminders of how much XP your last kill earned. But to me, this looks like somebody devoured an entire manga comic and then vomited it back up.

But let’s not be hasty here. Who knows, maybe behind that appalling exterior beats the heart of a full-fledged battle game. Maybe the fighting is sturdy and smart, maybe upgrading your characters and fighting cross-platform with Android and iPhone players will be right up your lava-filled alley. Epic is full of kind words for their new game, and here’s what they say:

A vibrant fantasy sci-fi cartoon adventure, Battle Breakers lets you recruit hundreds of unique heroes, and create dream teams of ninjas, knights, robots, and talking dinosaurs. Battle monsters from space that have infested every corner of your world, from ice sheets and lava fields to ancient forests and sheer mountains. Master the elements and defeat your enemies with strategy, smash crystals to unlock hidden treasures, and power up your hero squads to take back the Kingdom, one break at a time!

See, it does sound good. When you first start the game, you go through a tutorial which teaches the basics of the game. At the end of this level, you will be left with a choice between three heroes, which are Firestar Mei, Laric Grey Wolf, and Treya Trueshot. Mei is a fire mage who deals area damage which breaks crystals, she damages enemies when she dies, and revives faster than other heroes. Laric is a nature warrior with a focus on defensive tactics, reducing the damage your allies take and intercepting attacks. Treya is a water archer who specializes in single target burst damage and bypassing bosses defense.

The players that have just begun playing will get an appropriately named New Player Challenge. This is a permanent challenge that opens up for new or returning players and stays open for two weeks, after which it will disappear from your account.

The event consists of 8 challenge stages that give some nice rewards, to provide players with a little jump start to their game.

Battle Breakers has already launched in the Philippines, Australia, and New Zealand, with other countries available soon, but any interested players can pre-register for a special hero.