Press Release for Dueling Blades - Do more than just poke your friends

Los Angeles, CA – Hourblast Games, announce the upcoming release of their social action game, Dueling Blades.

Dueling Blades is a fantasy-theme RPG game, where the players pit their characters against each other in interactive combat arenas. Here they can earn experience points to level up their character, earn items, special rewards and bragging rights.  Utilizing Facebook, players can battle with their friends, from allies, and even share their achievements to their Facebook wall.

“Dueling Blades is breaking the boundary on Facebook. Utilizing the latest 3D browser technology found in Unity, Players will be able to experience true competitive synchronous gameplay with their friends and foes.”

The battle system – which the team have dubbed – “Simultaneous Turn Strategy” gives players ‘arcade-style’ combat, without the demand for high speed internet or powerful computers.  “This will allow dynamic combat gameplay against other online players while minimizing latency and hardware limitations of social network users”- says Joseph Cooper, lead programmer of Dueling Blades.

During each turn, the players choose their movement and attack(s). Once both players are ready, the game initiates the combat and carries out the attacks that each player has ordered. Since neither player can see what the other is planning to do, using judgement, skill, and learning your character is the key to winning and becoming a champion.

The game currently features 7 playable classes with a customizable skill tree and an in-depth character creation system, giving players a large array of choices when building their perfect character.

Dueling Blades was developed using the Unity3D engine, allowing Hourblast Games to deploy the game in a browser based environment, giving many more players the chance to play, and also the ability to expand the game onto the mobile platform; with iOS and Android versions set to be released in the near future.

Features:

·         7 Playable Classes.

·         3D characters and environments.

·         Customizable Class Trees.

·         Character Creation System.

·         Simultaneous Turn Combat.

·         Lobby Style System to find your battles.

·         No lengthy downloads - play from your browser.

Preview trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5JNwia3w4M

Official site – http://www.duelingblades.com

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/DuelingBlades

Dueling Blades for Facebook, is currently going through closed beta testing and is scheduled to be released, in March 2012.

About Hourblast Games

Hourblast Games is an independent development team of game enthusiasts and industry experienced developers. The CEO of the company, Janry Burns, is credited with 16 titles for companies such as; Disney, Pixar, EA, THQ and Bethesda, with games including Command & Conquer, Ben10 and Disney’s, Cars.

Also on the team as Creative Director, is Larry Li, who has been credited with releases on nearly all major platforms including PS2, PS3, PSP, Xbox360, Wii and 3DS.

It is definitely a highlight of my life. Working with an awesome group of passionate individuals, and creating our own game that we love to play ourselves. It is an amazing experience which can’t be duplicated anywhere else” – describes Larry Li,

For more information, please visit http://www.hourblastgames.com/duelingblades

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