If you've been listening to our show, you already know that Rocketcat Games has plans to release a free-to-play RPG based in its Mage Gauntlet [$2.99] universe. Earlier this morning, Rocketcat dropped another first-look at a class for that game on its Facebook page. It even threw out some information on what it's shooting for with the title.

"The Spellsword is essentially the same as Lexi from Mage Gauntlet. Anti-magic dash move, finds randomized single-use spells, while also being very strong in melee. However, he has low health compared to almost every other character."

"Despite the similarity to Mage Gauntlet mechanics, we'll be taking a lot of time to improve things with the Spellsword. The heart system will be replaced with a health bar system, allowing for things like armor that actually reduces damage.

We're also looking into altering the equipment a bit. Some ideas include making some of the swords change what your charge-attack does, the spell-critical robes being replaced with new effects, and the spell trinkets adding secondary effects to the specific spell."

In brief, Rocketcat's Next Game will be a randomly generated dungeon crawler that jives with the spirit of Mage Gauntlet. Players will have different classes to choose from, and other classes to unlock via an in-game gem currency system. Since it's free-to-play and all, those gems will be also be available as optional IAP downloads.

Rocketcat seems pretty serious about sharing stuff for this title on its Facebook, so go give that a follow if you're into what it's doing next.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5FLRQI2X2LU3IHMCG7HEAEFD5I Cat Astrophy

    Two trinket slots please, and give the hats stats.

    • http://twitter.com/rocketcatgames Rocketcat Games

      Debating HAT STATS.  Maybe?

      • http://twitter.com/HawkEyeTS Will Buckingham

        This may be heretical, but I hardly ever use the various hats.  I never equipped one on Lexi because I liked the default so much, and I would be kind of sad if I was forced to equip a hat I didn't like just because it had the best stats in the game.  I think the current system is really a great compromise.  It's something collectors can get excited about and gives players a lot of customization choices without pressuring them to pick one hat over another.

        Also, really looking forward to the next game. Mage Gauntlet is still one of the best controlling action games on the iOS platform.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5FLRQI2X2LU3IHMCG7HEAEFD5I Cat Astrophy

        What about your robes? Your sword? You might like the looks of one but prefer another due to stats, proc, etc.

      • http://twitter.com/HawkEyeTS Will Buckingham

        The robes do not completely cover the head and face of the character, unlike many of the hats.  And technically, you don't need to use ANY of the gear in Mage Gauntlet to get through the game.  They're all minor cool buffs.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5FLRQI2X2LU3IHMCG7HEAEFD5I Cat Astrophy

        You don't need gear from most RPGs to beat things. In most cases it's just harder w/o it. Has nothing to do with wanting to become stronger with the new look you pick up. Obviously robes don't cover the head and face. They cover the body. Yes, hats cover the head and sometimes the face...thank you for Clothing 101. Doesn't even remotely address my previous question.

      • http://twitter.com/HawkEyeTS Will Buckingham

        I think it did answer the question.  Covering the body is not the same as completely hiding the head, at which point you can't see the character at all.  And there have only been a handful of traditional RPGs over the years where gear is trivial.  Also, most RPGs have a base character model and any gear changes are invisible to save on art resources.  My point is that currently there is a LOT of choice, and putting non-trivial stats on gear that has previously shown to completely cover the character's head or made them look ridiculous (sandwich helm anyone?) is taking away choice where a previously fine system existed.  Helmets are a very "covering" and often ugly item slot to deal with.  There's a reason that among all the pieces of gear, Blizzard allowed helms to be hidden from the very start of World of Warcraft.

  • http://twitter.com/pocketpcandgeek Masa

    I'm waiting for it!

  • Anonymous

    iCade support would be nice!

    • http://twitter.com/rocketcatgames Rocketcat Games

      I need to buy an iCade first, and I'm dragging my feet on that because I consider it sort of goofy.

      • Anonymous

        It felt really goofy, then I started playing velocispider, an hour later I had rediscovered what being a kid at the arcade felt like. But yeah it's a little goofy

        Ian Logsdon

  • Tim Harding

    Love Rocketcat, hate Freemium titles.

    • Johnny Donuts

      This. But I have faith in Rocketcat to pull it off.

    • http://twitter.com/HawkEyeTS Will Buckingham

      The problem with "freemium" titles is that many of them are not actually free to play.  They have heavily restricting gating systems that prevent you from playing for any significant amount of time without opening your wallet.  A true "free to play" game is a complete game that offers either short-cuts to content easily accessed with a normal style of play, or perhaps visual customizations that entice players while not being by any means mandatory or game play altering.  Too many of the current titles offer benefits to paying customers that ensure that non-paying players will never be able to compete, which often results in corrupt leader boards and a disgruntled player base.

      That said, I trust that Rocketcat can come up with a decent system.  The League of Legends model comes to mind if they're making a class based action game.  In that game you can either buy the heroes up front with real world cash, or you can play the game with your available heroes until you have enough game currency to buy a new one.  I could see this working well as long as the classes weren't too expensive to unlock on either side of the fence.

  • http://expressreader.blogspot.com/ john1989

    Love Rocketcat, hate Freemium
    thanks for the post