Independent development, design, and consulting studio Dire Wolf Digital released a preview video of their upcoming TCG Eternal, developed by none other than Magic’s Luis Scott-Vargas, winner of five Grand Prix (as well as 10 top 8s), one Pro Tour win (and 5 top 8s), and a 2013 induction into the Magic: The Gathering Hall of Fame. Also working on the game are Conley Woods (top 4 of both Pro Tour Honolulu 2009 and Worlds 2011, amongst many other accolades) and Patrick Chapin (another Hall-of-Famer boasting three Grand Prix top 8s and five Pro Tour top 8s). The company officially announced Eternal on January 22 in a blog post, and then revealed the game at PAX South on January 29. Dire Wolf has its proverbial hands in a number of TCGs, including the much anticipated Elder Scrolls: Legends.
According to developers and the preview, the game is a mix of three of the biggest TCGs out there today: Magic, Hearthstone, and Hex. Of course, with a few unique-to-Eternal twists. The game will be free-to-play and feature a state of the art A.I. based on the strategy and gameplay styles of Magic’s most prolific players. In an interview with Trinity Force Network, Scott-Vargas discussed gameplay (including playing spells on an opponent’s turn) and Eternal’s resource system, and then revealed that the initial launch will have at least 400 cards and five separate Factions.
The teaser video released by Dire Wolf features Scott-Vargas playing a solo battle against Curiox the Collector. He briefly explains gameplay and strategy as he works, and showcases a few of the cards. On the game’s site, the developers go into a bit more detail: the game revolves around Heroes battling for a Throne, and players will be able to build decks freely with cards from the entire game. Speaking of cards, developers also note that they plan to release new cards regularly, and not just in sets every few months; however, sets will launch as well.
This same group of heavy hitters is also working with Bethesda to create the much anticipated Elder Scrolls: Legends, which was announced at E3 last year with nary a word since. But according to a Reddit post by Pete Hines, Vice President of Public Relations and Marketing at Bethesda, things are certainly moving along, the company just plans to spring the game on fans instead of providing constant updates, a la their rollout of Fallout Shelter. According to Hines, they’re very pleased with how Elder Scrolls: Legends is coming along, and they’re currently testing it internally.
Dire Wolf certainly has their hands full, but it looks as if they’re moving full steam ahead with at least two massive new offerings. Beta for Eternal is set to launch in a few weeks, and interested players can sign up on the game’s website for an invitation. The game is expected to launch on iOS and desktop. Stay tuned for more updates!