Ok Ubisoft. You can take my money now. In fact, as you all are probably watching this brand new Behind the Scenes video about Child of Light, you’ll find me preordering my copy right now. This is crazy to me, given that the game will be all digital and I doubt Sony’s going to run out of copies of said game soon. However, the idea of having a Western developer take a crack at a traditionally Japanese genre is fascinating to me, and is something that Anthony and I will probably discuss on in a future episode of The Social Link podcast.
In this video, Ubisoft outlines Couer de Pirate (The Pirate’s Heart, en francais) and how they’ve been involved since the initial creation of Child of Light. They also talk about how the music got the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra involved, along with tapping the creative talents of the folks at Cirque du Soleil to help with staging a lot of the scenes from the game. Probably the most interesting thing that I saw was that the dialogue is all written as rhymes, just like how most fairy tales are depicted.
But the game’s story betrays its fairy tale roots. The story is about a young girl who suffers from an illness in 1895 Austria. Upon waking up from slumber, she finds herself in a strange and foreign yet mystical land. If you’re asking me, this is the stuff franchises are made of.
Child of Light will be released on the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on April 30, 2014 and we expect to have a review of the game shortly after its release. And yes, I’m preordering a digital game.