Children of Zodiarcs Launches July 18

Deck & Dice Tactical RPG Children of Zodiarcs Launch Date Revealed

Square Enix Collective is thrilled to reveal that, after raising more than five times its target on Kickstarter at the start of 2016, Cardboard Utopia will launch the tactical RPG Children of Zodiarcs on 18th July 2017.

The game, which developer Cardboard Utopia says looks to both recapture and build upon the spirit of the tactical RPGs that so captivated gamers during the 16-bit and 32-bit eras, will make its debut on PlayStation 4 and PC in just less than 2 months.

“Having built a community of loyal fans thanks to our Kickstarter campaign, it feels really exciting to lift the lid on just when gamers will be able to get their hands on Children of Zodiarcs,” offered Jason Kim, Creative Director at Cardboard Utopia.

“It’s also a nervy time, too. We’ve put everything into delivering an experience that recaptures the joy people felt playing those tactical RPGs all those years ago, and because we’re a small studio, you can see the influence of each and every one of us in the game.”

It’s the indie nature of Children of Zodiarcs that drew the attention of Square Enix Collective, which is proud to serve as the game’s publisher. Cardboard Utopia’s vision has been to take the tactical RPG model and bring a fresh approach to it, combining the genre with elements from some of the studio’s favourite board games.

“We’ve brought together deck-building and dice-crafting with grid-based combat arenas,” continued Samuel Daher, Design Director at Cardboard Utopia. “It’s a mechanic we think combines strategy with controlled risk to build tension, anticipation, and excitement. Add to that some big characters and a big story, and what you end up with is a tactical RPG that’s larger than life.”

Telling the story of a gang of thieves who take on an empire suffocating its people with fear and cruelty by stealing a priceless, and mysterious relic, the game brings together tactical action with card decks and dice that unlock special powers aplenty. It’s a combination designed to ensure the battles in play are as varied as they are exciting.

“Children of Zodiarcs is a project that’s very close to our hearts here at Collective,” said Phil Elliott, Director of Community & Indie Development at Square Enix London.

“Since we first featured the game on the Collective feedback platform, and went on to support the Kickstarter campaign, it’s always been clear that the same is true for the wider Square Enix community too. To watch the way the studio has connected with its Kickstarter backers since it passed its target has been great to watch.”

Children of Zodiarcs will launch on PlayStation 4 and PC on 18th of July 2017.