Ubisoft reveals JRPG-inspired side-scroller Child of Light
posted on 08.19.13 at 09:09 AM EDT by (@salromano)
"Potential next-gen IP" set for winter 2013 release.

Ubisoft has shared first details about Child of Light, a new downloadable project in development at Ubisoft Montreal.

Developed on the Rayman Origins UbiArt Framework engine and led by Far Cry 3 creative director Patrick Plourde, the game is a side-scrolling “fairy tale game” with turn-based battles inspired by the “Squaresoft spirit” of PlayStation RPGs like Final Fantasy VIII and Vagrant Story.

Speaking at GDC Europe, Plourde said the game was designed as a “counter-point” the the “masculine” Far Cry 3, and its art inspirations include Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki and Final Fantasy‘s Yoshitaka Amano, as well as illustrations from Disney’s Snow White and early 20th century children’s books.

Child of Light was described by Plourde as a “playable poem” and cross between Final Fantasy VI and Limbo.

Platforms have not yet been announced, but Plourde suggests the game is a “potential next-gen IP” and will launch in winter 2013.

Don’t expect a full trailer for another two weeks, but catch a teaser below.

Thanks, VideoGamer.

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  • Calvin Chikelue

    You had me at the Rayman Origins engine.

    • SuperLuigi

      That had me at inspired by ff vi

  • new_tradition

    Man, I’m so weak. I hear jrpg or Square, and my ears perk up, lol. I am interested more so for being a side stroller, though.

  • VaultBreaker

    I was hoping this would not be a turn-based battles since it is ubisoft, but it actually is a turn-based.It’s quite interesting because the fact this is a side scroller inspired by Limbo.Maybe they’ll have their own twist in gameplay perspective.Platformer RPG perhaps?

    • Warboss Aohd

      It’s been done well before (Super Mario RPG and Paper Mario 1 and 2.)

  • Elvick

    Mentioned FFVI… sold.

    Though, I was sold at the engine. Glad to see it used in something other than Rayman!

    I’m thinking it’ll be something like Dust: An Elysian Tail, in terms of gameplay. That game is awesome.

  • DesmaX

    Whoa, Turn-Based battles? Was not expecting that from Ubi

    I’m interessed, just hope there will some depht in the Battle System

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

    Ubi + JRPG side scroller?

    My world suddenly doesn’t make sense any more.

  • Warboss Aohd

    well……..this should be interesting, definitely has my attention.

  • Chris Cruz

    Side scroller? Sounds more…. Valkyrie Profile 2ish eh?

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

      Actually, it would be more like Valkyrie Profile-ish :P

      • Chris Cruz

        True, Now that I think about it.

      • Tetsu

        My exact thoughts :D
        I’d kill for a new 2D Valkyrie Profile actually.

  • PhoenixAutomatic~♪(๑ᴖ◡ᴖ๑)♪~

    Wow! Wow! Wow!!! I’m soooooooooooooooooo excited for this!!!! GAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! This is a dream come true!! :D

  • DarthBrian

    Looks pretty whatever it is. :)

  • ddsfan2

    The concept looks interesting to say the least. Looking forward to seeing more of the game.