Capcom recently revealed Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara at PAX East. This is an HD title that combines two previous arcade beat-’em-ups: Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom and Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara. This title offers 4 player online or local co-op games, where players can drop in and out of the game at any time. Online leaderboards will be used as well. Capcom also shared that the game would be released on the Wii U and other platforms, would cost $14.99, and would be available some time in June.
The D & D games are not your typical beat-’em-ups, as they offer increased depth in various areas. It starts by allowing each player to choose their character class. The combat can vary from simple melee attacks to mid-range options, and even magic is included. Players are also able to level up their characters throughout the game. In addition, there are forking paths throughout the story, resulting in the possibility of achieving different endings depending on how you play through. Various rules within the game are customizable, allowing you to tailor how you play through the game. Shadow over Mystara offers a character visualizer that tracks which characters are played the most between the player and their friends, and this allows them to balance their party more accurately. There is even a challenge system that gives the players specific goals in order to earn coins or level-ups for their characters. The coins earned can be used in the Vault, which is basically a compilation of unlockables and other goodies.
Best of all, the Wii U version will support features not found on other platforms. The game plans to make use of the Wii U gamepad as a more intuitive menu. This allows for easy access to spells and items that gives the player a more streamlined experience.
The brawler elements of the game made me think back to playing Turtles in Time, especially because of the 4 player option. The greater depth added with the additional features makes me think that this game should definitely get added to my “want list.” I am glad to see more titles that give the Wii U some sort of superior version of the game because the system offers gameplay opportunities that can’t be experienced on other consoles.
Check out the official trailer for the game below: