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Ubisoft Reveals JRPG-Inspired Child of Light at GDC Europe

Posted by Andy Green

No news on platforms, will it come to Wii U?

Ubisoft has revealed Patrick Plourde, the director of Far Cry 3, is working on a much smaller downloadable title that is set to pay homage to classic JRPGs of yesteryear.

It's called Child of Light and Plourde made the announcement during his panel at GDC Europe, where he explained the game will be a 2D sidescroller that includes a turn-based battle system. In fact, Plourde described the upcoming title as a combination of Limbo and Final Fantasy VI, which is certainly an interesting mix.

Child of Light stars a female protagonist in a coming-of-age tale, Polygon reports. It will be made using the Ubi Art Framework, the same engine Rayman Origins was developed in, and this will allow the creators to bring their fairy tale concept art, which looks very similar to early Final Fantasy titles, to life.

Plourde confirmed Child of Light will be a downloadable release, although at this time we do not know which virtual stores it will find its way into. What we do know is it will not be coming to mobile platforms, nor will it be free-to-play. We shall just have to sit tight and wait and see if this interesting-looking JRPG tribute makes it into the Wii U eShop.

Would you like to see this one on Wii U? Let us know your thoughts on it in the comment section below.

[via polygon.com]

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User Comments (34)

WinterWarm

#1

WinterWarm said:

Ubisoft gives WiiU alot of support, although after that article about their WiiU profits being 3% of their total, they might change their mind. It'll be interesting to see. I wonder if it'll come to 3DS.

Thanks for the heads-up, @Andy. :)

ricklongo

#4

ricklongo said:

I'm not entirely sure how good an Ubisoft JRPG will be. But if it comes to the Wii U, I'm most certainly willing to find out.

Samurai_Goroh

#7

Samurai_Goroh said:

I'm most certainly curious about a Japanese RPG made by French people (how can you call it a JRPG, though?). 2D side-scrolling with beautiful Muramasa-esque art rendered on the same capable engine of Rayman Legends and classic Final Fantasy inspiration sounds good on paper. This just bumped to a pretty high spot in my list. Ubisoft is delivering the goods to Wii U so far and being an eShop title, I think we will get it.

Kodeen

#13

Kodeen said:

@ShadowFox254

It's one of the biggest RPG franchises in history. 9 games in the main series (10 is currently in development), 6 games in the Heroes of Might and Magic subseries (strategy RPG's), and a few spin offs of various genres. It's primarily been a PC-centric series, and aside from the HoMM subseries it hasn't been very active in the past decade, so it's understandable it wasn't on your radar. I encourage you to check them out though!

SkywardCrowbar

#18

SkywardCrowbar said:

Didn't Ubi say that they wouldn't be bringing any new games to Wii U unless sales pickup this holiday for both Wii U hardware and Ubi software on Wii U?

I certainly hope this comes to the eShop. JRPG's are best RPG's.

Captain_Toad

#21

Captain_Toad said:

@koopakid Heh, better to ask than to never say anything I always say.

Interesting how ubisoft is trying their hand at an RPG. I may not know much about their RPG history though i do like to see how it develops.

PikminWorld

#23

PikminWorld said:

Also it sounds like it'll be a good game as the director of Far Cry 3 is making it and that was a good game, not a full RPG but was still good. Excited for this.

hydeks

#28

hydeks said:

NL: Will it come to Wii U?
Me: Does anything? ¬¬

Probably same old song and dance, it should come to the system, it would sell great on the system, but it's probably not coming to the system:P

RantingThespian

#29

RantingThespian said:

I'd like it to come to the Wii U. However, with how things are going right now, it most likely won't. And the reasons will be nonsensical.

millarrp

#30

millarrp said:

I'm hoping it will, conidering that NOA seems to be working to support several gaming engines lately.

element187

#33

element187 said:

@SkywardCrowbar No, they said they wouldn't be bringing anymore Wii U exclusive titles until sales turn around. They will still put out their multiplatform titles.

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