Duelyst is new turn-based strategy game from ex-Blizzard & Insomniac dev

Tuesday, 11th March 2014 08:21 GMT By Dave Cook

Duelyst is the new turn-based strategy title from former Blizzard and Insomniac developer Keith Lee, Rogue Legacy lead artist Glauber Kotaki and indie team Counterplay Games. It’s currently funding on Kickstarter, with an initial goal of $68,000.

Over on Kickstarter, Counterplay confirmed that Duelyst is in the works for PC, Mac and Web, with a view to providing turn-based tactical play and competitive ranked online modes.

It’s a squad based 1v1 game that sees players fighting to slaughter the other’s general, aided by an assortment of fantasy characters. The team has stressed that every single battle unit and spell in the game can be earned, and as such the business model – which has yet to be fully revealed – will not encourage pay to win. They say they hate that. We agree.

Games are designed to be played within 30 minutes and place emphasis on unit positioning, second-guessing your opponent’s moves and responding wisely. The team anticipates five playable factions at launch and a line-up of 100 battle units and spells.

You can get more details on the factions and their units, plus tons more on modes and gameplay over at the Duelyst Kickstarter page,

Check it out and let us know what you think below.

Via Eurogamer.



  1. TheWulf

    Oh, wow. I mean, oh wow literally. I can definitely see the influence of World of Warcraft on this. WoW taught me something, that you can have entirely impractical in a fun, goofy, eccentric way, and then you can have entirely impractical in a way that’s meant to be ‘kewl and leet,’ to be taken seriously by very young people. I always found the latter to be incredibly lame, personally.

    I mean, if you’re going to be that over the top, you need to be able to laugh at yourself and not take it all too seriously. Of course, that’s what they’re going to want is for people to take this very seriously, and I can’t. I won’t. I will laugh. But I’ll feel bad for laughing because this is clearly something that someone genuinely believes is the epitome of ‘badass.’

    The WoW definition of ‘badass’ is, basically, how many building storeys you can fit onto your shoulders. That’s endemic of it. And it just clashes in a really harsh way that bothers me — because it isn’t silly or fun. It’s serious business.


    Really, if you’re going with that kind of aesthetic, don’t half arse, it don’t phone it in. Play up the silliness to the max. But just… don’t do that and expect it to be serious. Guh. I suppose if I were still five, I could think that a person with giant shields for arms was serious business, these days I expect it to be tied to light-hearted fun.

    #1 10 months ago
  2. TheWulf

    Whoops, flummoxed the tags there, oh well.

    #2 10 months ago

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