Friday, 10 August 2018

Bandai Namco soft launches Doctor Who: Battle of Time

Bandai Namco has released a brand new collectible card game app for Doctor Who fans but it might not be available in your country just yet.

Bandai Namco Entertainment is known for making high quality games of various genres and released on a full range of platforms from console to PC. However, their new collectible card game Doctor Who: Battle of Time will be coming to fans in the form of an app. (Available on both iPhone and Android)

A soft launch is when a company releases a new product or service to a restricted audience prior to a full launch. This is generally to gauge the audience's reaction and collect data to determine whether releasing on a larger scale will be profitable. This looks to be a pretty typical soft launch. Many apps planned for a UK or US audience release will do a soft launch in other English speaking countries first.
Doctor Who: Battle of Time is a time-travelling adventure experienced through a card-collectible game.

Something is ripping the cosmos apart, sending whole galaxies into oblivion. But what? Daleks and Cybermen are working together, Silurians have toppled humanity to create a new empire and old friends and foes are joining forces as the universe faces its greatest ever peril. Only you, the Doctor’s new companion, can prevent armageddon and avert the events foretold in a chilling prophecy! Think you’re up to the job?
Different Doctors will guide you as you become central to an adventure that weaves over 50 years of Doctor Who history into one ground-breaking story. Ever wanted to fight alongside Sarah Jane Smith, Amy Pond, River Song, K-9, Benton, Captain Jack and many other of the Time Lord’s allies? Good! Because now you’ve no choice! From the foggy streets of Sherlock Holmes’ London – where you’ll meet the Great Detective – to back where it all began… You are the hero, trusted to build unique and powerful decks of cards to strategically win challenging battles, and unravel the epic story that involves new adventures and some classics revisited – with a few deadly twists!
This game is your best chance to collect special edition cards, assemble your dream team and summon companions to attack and defend you against villains determined to destroy Earth. It’s guaranteed to be dangerous, unpredictable, but FANTASTIC!
Currently this app is only available in New Zealand, Australia, Canada and Thailand. As this is still a soft launch the game will be available in more countries once it advances to full launch.
A VOYAGE THROUGH A POCKET UNIVERSE
* Brand new story scripted by a Doctor Who writer and developed in conjunction with the producers of the BBC TV series
* Work with (and against!) the Time Agency, UNIT, The Cult of Skaro and a secret double agent!

ALL OF DOCTOR WHO LORE IN ONE PLACE
* Over 200 cards with your favorite characters from the show
* Cards with special rarities, abilities and powers to learn and master
* Handy upgrades to spur your advantages

DEFEND TIME AND SPACE
* Pick the most powerful cards to assemble decks with unique traits for each faction
* Deal damage, restore health and replenish the TARDIS energy over time
* Worthy reward-boxes full of wondrous new cards!

TIME EVENTS
* The TARDIS phone is bound to ring off the hook – and you’ll need to answer it
* Three times a day you will be called into action to face intense battle!

TRAIN LIKE A TIME LORD
* Stats to power up your odds: wisdom, strength and dexterity can all be built up on your path to victory
* Infiltrate and explore each faction’s story and play a critical part in saving all of time and space
Work out your own tactics and embark on this thrilling adventure. Allons-y!
The app features a variety of characters from the whoniverse including Sarah Jane Smith, Amy Pond, River Song, Captain Jack and everyone's favourite robot pup K-9.

The game is free but does feature in app purchases. Currently the app is only available in the English language. It is unclear if this will change when the full launch takes place. No announcements have been made to indicate a date scheduled for the full launch.

Some of the gameplay from this app can be seen in the video below.

Age Rating Rated 9+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
  • Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Price Free
In-App Purchases
  • Starter Pack$7.99
  • Envelope of Diamonds$7.99
  • Hand of Diamonds$2.99
  • Sack of Diamonds$14.99
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