The Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game Coming To PC11 Dec 2017 0
It's not so long ago that board game giant, Fantasy Flight Games, announced they were creating a digital division in the form of Fantasy Flight Interactive. Now we know what this new studio's first project is going to be - The Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game.
This is a digital port of their 2011 The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game physical product, which was one of FFG's early attempts at their trademark 'LCG' business model and a game that's still going strong today.
According to Editor Joe, "it's an interesting card game", although mainly in the sense that it's fully co-operative. Two players have to work together to defeat a 'Monster' or 'Enemy' deck, going on quests and completing tasks before either time runs out or the "AI" deck overwhelms them.
The Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game is due to launch on Steam's Early Access within the next six months, and will only support single-player content at launch. Co-Op multiplayer will be added later. The gameplay will focus around three heroes, with the deck including cards like Allys, Equipment & Events. It's going to be free-to-play upon release, and we anticipate the business model to be similar to Hearthstone's except it won't be booster based. FFG have long since developed a system where they sell fixed 'packs' at a higher price-point, that come with more cards than a booster but without the random element. We anticipate this being carried over into the digital version.
Asmodee Digital, a veteran in porting physical table-top games to digital platforms, is listed as being the publisher and partner for this project. It's worth noting that the Asmodee Group (which includes Asmodee Digital and the main Asmodee publisher) bought Fantasy Flight Games back in 2014 so this is to be expected.