The collectable card game/action RPG hybrid, “Hand of Fate,” was released Jul. 7 on Steam Early Access. The Kickstarter funded game, developed by Brisbane, QLD-based Defiant Development, is a hearty appetizer before the finished course in Q4 2014, and is queued to be served on PS4 and PS Vita in Q4 2014 and Q1 2015, respectively. The early access edition is compatible with Mac, PC, and Linux operating systems.
This action RPG isn’t Defiant Development’s first rodeo. The team released free to play “Heroes Call” on Android and iOS back in May 2012.
Defiant Development said the game draws inspiration from tarot cards and fantasy games. Founder of Defiant Development, Morgan Jaffit, said the game bridges the gap between virtual and tangible gaming sensibilities:
Anyone who falls in the cross section of PC gamer and board or card game enthusiast will have more fun playing Hand of Fate than a Game of Thrones fan reading the manuscripts of the two unreleased books.
“Hand of Fate” involves collecting categorical cards in an RPG setting, bringing the cards to life in 3D to duel in a card game format. Defiant Development said difficult choices are presented in the card section of the game, and the consequences can cause the player to fight enemies in a third-person action format. Defeating a boss nabs the player more cards. The ultimate goal is to defeat the jack, king, and queen of all four card suits.
Much like the 20-sided die that is held as a staple in the tabletop games, which play an influential role in “Hand of Fate,” each play-through is left to chance. A randomizer generates the procedures of each level.
The early access version of “Hand of Fate” can currently be found on Steam for $24.99 USD.