TOKYO, Japan, Sept. 19, 2013 – Playdek, known for its award-winning hobby and tabletop games for digital platforms, announced today at the Tokyo Games Show a creative partnership with Yasumi Matsuno, one of the world’s leading game designers. Matsuno will be responsible for the design and creative development of Unsung Story, an original IP for digital devices. Playdek will release Unsung Story: Tale of the Guardians, a tactics game designed entirely by Matsuno.
Famous for designing the classic games Final Fantasy® Tactics, Vagrant Story® and Final Fantasy® XII, Matsuno is known for creating vibrant and immersive worlds and intense, tactical game play. His design of the original story, characters and game world of Unsung Story form the basis of a new collection of original content developed for a variety of digital devices.
“Yasumi Matsuno is one of the most renowned and creative game designers in the world, and Playdek is thrilled to partner with him for our very first original game,” said Joel Goodman, CEO, Playdek. “Playdek’s mission is to combine the best of hobby and video gaming to create all-new levels of immersion, engagement and originality. With Yasumi Matsuno at the helm, we are sure to deliver on that promise.”
Unsung Story introduces players to the medieval fantasy world of Rasfalia where knights, wizards, archers and magical creatures roam a lush landscape that holds the secret stories of more than half a century of bloody war. Players discover and relive the hidden tales of heroic deeds and uncover the sources of legends.
“I’m pleased to be creating this amazing world and rich story exclusively for Playdek,” said Yasumi Matsuno. “It’s exciting to develop my vision with the leading company of the genre. I look forward to bringing this new world to life and reaching a new audience of avid gamers.”
The first property based on Matsuno’s visionary world will be co-designed by renowned French board game designer Christophe Boelinger, which will be released in 2014. The game introduces the world of Rasfalia in an exciting digital card game played online.
The game pits two players against each other in a fast-paced and engaging struggle. Featuring innovative new game play mechanics, the card game will appeal to a wide variety of players through the immersive, strategic game play Boelinger is known for.
Both games will be supported by Playdek’s award-winning features and the company’s new community, launching before the end of the year, and will offer online and offline play. To see images, technical requirements and more information about Playdek’s game, please visit, playdekgames.com.
About Yasumi Matsuno
Yasumi Matsumo is one of few video game designers to have two games receive a perfect score by Famitsu magazine: Vagrant Story and Final Fantasy XII were critically acclaimed with 40 out of 40 points.
About Playdek, Inc.:
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