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EA announces card-based RTS, BattleForge

Tuesday, 29th April 2008 18:30 GMT By Patrick Garratt

EA’s put out a press release making first mention of BattleForge, a card-based, online-only RTS from Germany studio EA Phenomic.

“BattleForge is the next step in compelling RTS gameplay by taking the battles completely online,” said dev boss Richard Leinfellner. “With co-op play, challenging tournaments, Guilds, chat rooms and a robust marketplace for trading and buying your cards, BattleForge is the first RTS to add integral social and community components to an exciting fantasy RTS.”

Sounds fun. You’re going to hear a lot more about this in the next few weeks, so keep your ears open. Full press release after the link.

Build Unique Armies and Team Up for Epic Battles in a New Fantasy RTS Game

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 29, 2008–Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) today announced that the multi award-winning EA Phenomic Studio based in Germany is developing BattleForge(TM), a new fantasy online real-time strategy game where you assemble your own army with collectible trading cards. Win, trade and buy your cards online to create your ultimate deck.(1) Mix and match the elements of your cards to play with your friends online and conquer massive online battlegrounds.

For mortals caught in a clash between insane gods and ancient giants, standing together is the only option. Using the forces of Fire, Frost, Nature and Shadow a mysterious Forge which makes legends come to life, is their single hope to create armies powerful enough to overcome these impossible odds. It is now time to set out and reclaim an epic fantasy world which has been overthrown by sinister powers in the twilight of a dying sun.

“BattleForge is the next step in compelling RTS gameplay by taking the battles completely online,” stated Executive Producer & Vice President Richard Leinfellner. “With co-op play, challenging tournaments, Guilds, chat rooms and a robust marketplace for trading and buying your cards; BattleForge is the first RTS to add integral social and community components to an exciting fantasy RTS.”

Under development at EA Phenomic, BattleForge is expected to ship in Fall 2008 for the PC. This product is not yet rated by PEGI or ESRB.

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