After the initial excitement of the Playstation 4 launch in November last year things have become pretty quiet as the number of new releases has been pretty slim, but that's slowly changing and one of the first of the new wave of releases in 2014 is this Ubisoft side-scrolling RPG Child of Light. With many of the development team having worked on games such as Far Cry 3, and from one of the most consistently impressive game publishers in the world, this is a game to watch when it hits the Playstation Store, and retail, in a few weeks. So what's the game about?
Character design is impressive.
In Child of Light the Dark Queen has stolen the Sun, the Moon and the Stars. Follow the princess Aurora, the daughter of an Austrian duke, in Lemuria in her quest to recapture the three sources of light. Helped by Igniculus the firefly, Capilli and many other friends you will meet, go through the Lemuria Kingdom and fight the dark creatures of the forest and other enemies and defeat the Dark Queen. Ultimately it's pretty standard fare when it comes to RPG stories but if it's told well, and the gameplay is solid, then this could keep gamers hooked.
Casting a spell in battle.
Inspired by fairy tales, Child of Light is a side-scrolling RPG which looks simply gorgeous and has a time based battle system not too dissimlar to the Active Time Battle system found in RPGs such as Final Fantasy. As with most RPGs characters will level up and improve stats over time, and this is done by finding gem-like items called Oculi which are equipped into slots to improve stats and abilities. Ubisoft have promised the the level-tree can no be fully explored with a single playthrough of the game.
Local co-op gameplay for 2-players is also included in Child of Light and in this mode one player controls the main character Aurora while the second is used to control The Firefly Igniculus, an orb of light who can fly around the levels finding secret areas and treasures out of Aurora's reach - including the ability to pass through walls. This will certainly add a large incentive to play the game in co-op.
Artistically, Child of Light is gorgeous.
As you can see from the surrounding screenshots, and the trailers below, Child of Light is a gorgeous looking game which is thanks to Ubisoft's own engine - UbiArt Framework - the same engine that powers the gorgeous Rayman titles including the recently released Rayman Legends. Ubisoft have confirmed that both the PS4 and XBox One versions of the game will run at 60fps in 1080p resolution while the PS3 and XBox 360 will see a resolution drop to 720p.
Hmm, that is bizarre, where is everyone?
Australian (and European) Playstation 4 owners will have the luxury of purchasing this game as a digital download through the Playstation Store, or at retail with Child of Light: Deluxe Edition. As the press release states "The Child of Light Deluxe Edition will contain exclusive content, including a poster designed by Yoshitaka Amano, the renowned Japanese artist, a 24 page art-book with unrevealed artworks and an Igniculus keyring. This boxed edition will also include additional game content, with a bonus quest, a new character and a pack of collectibles." Furthermore gamers buying it for Sony's consoles will get a cross-buy option so if you buy it on PS3, you can also play it on PS4, or vice versa.
Child of Light is a pretty unique looking title, and certainly one to keep an eye on given the very cheap price (it's $19.95 on the Playstation Store for the download version, with the Deluxe version at retail only $AU10 more. Child of Light is a gorgeous looking game and one we'll be keen to check out in a few weeks time.
Below is the Feature Trailer for Child of Light giving a good insight into what to expect.
Below is the co-op trailer for the game, equally impressive.