EA Phenomic stoking BattleForge

Real-time strategy meets collectible-card gaming in latest PC game from the makers of SpellForce.



Before being acquired by Electronic Arts last August, Phenomic had established itself on the PC gaming scene with the SpellForce franchise, which blended elements of real-time strategy and role-playing games. For its first project under the new regime, the Germany-based studio is working on another genre mash-up.

EA Phenomic's first game as an Electronic Arts subsidiary will be BattleForge, an online fantasy-themed real-time strategy game for the PC that borrows from the world of collectible-card games. Players will be able to buy new cards and trade old ones through an in-game marketplace, form guilds, enter tournaments and chat rooms, and wage card-game-war cooperatively with friends. EA is billing the game as the first fantasy RTS to incorporate social-gaming elements and community features.

BattleForge is set for release this fall. The game has not yet been rated.

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