Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition App? Owlbears And Beholders In Castle Defense Game From Dragonvale Devs [VIDEO]

By Luca Saitta , Updated Sep 01, 2014 08:33 AM EDT
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Backflip Studios, the minds behind Dwarven Den and Dragonvale, have teamed up with Wizards of the Coast to bring a Dungeons & Dragons game to mobile devices. When, where, how?

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Short answer: we simply don't know yet. Check out the video embedded below for a good mission statement from the good ladies and gentlechaps at Backflip, with some surprisingly heart-felt personal stories about experiences with the world's oldest tabletop role-playing game.

Now, as a bit of a tabletop mark, I'm excited for this very different-looking D&D game. The character designs are wonderfully cartoony as you can see in the header image for this article, which is usually not an approach Wizards takes (unless in collaboration with the guys from Penny Arcade - so I suppose it's somewhat fitting that this announcement happens at PAX Prime). The promised real-time combat is also a very different beast than the turn-based traditional combat of the tabletop.

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Perhaps the biggest difference between classic D&D and any videogame adaptation of it is the very simple fact that in a tabletop, the sky - or at least, the players' imagination - is the limit. A pre-programmed game has a very strictly defined world and only a set number of ways to interact with it. PAX reports indicate that players will in fact have some say over the game world.

No release date or platforms have as yet been announced.

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