Child of Light Preview: Ubisoft Montreal Game Looks Like It Could Be This Year's Ni No Kuni When It Launches April 30

By Alex Wolfe , Updated Apr 03, 2014 02:35 PM EDT

All eyes have (deservedly so) been on the fantastic-looking Watch Dogs out of Ubisoft Montreal, but there's another game that everyone might want to start paying attention to: Child of Light, a beautiful JRPG making its way to PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC on April 30. 

The game got an extended preview over at PlayStation Blog today, and man did they make it sound wonderful after playing the first two hours. The game follows Aurora, a young girl setting out on a grand adventure in the land of Lemuria to rescue the Sun, Moon and Stars from the evil Black Queen.

"Child of Light boasts a rare sort of beauty, equal parts ethereal and familiar," Ryan Clements at PS Blog said. "The UbiArt Framework makes each scene and each character look marvelous, from lamenting specters to gilded walls. The layered backgrounds give each environment immense depth, with birds taking flight and the silhouette of a giant lumbering past in the distance."

As you can see from the screenshot above and the many more at the PS Blog link, this game is going to have a vibrantly colorful animated landscape. But what about the gameplay, featuring Aurora and her firefly pal Igniculus?

"The more time players spend with Child of Light's battle system, the more intricacies are revealed," Clements reports. "Though the system itself is a straightforward, turn-based platform, the finesse involved with timing goes far deeper. There's an art in waiting for the right moment to strike, interrupting an enemy attack and keeping Aurora safe. Igniculus can shine in the faces of enemies and delay their turn, allowing for further control of the flow of battle. Another player, be it a child, sibling, or partner, can control Igniculus on a second DualShock and take a simpler (but no less strategic) role."

Well, this certainly sounds promising, and this might end up being this year's surprise hit on PlayStation, much like Ni No Kuni caught many people off guard last year.

Definitely head over to PS Blog for the full coverage, and let us know what you think of this promising game.

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