HOLOGRID, Monster Battle Game Aims Crowdfunding

HoloGrid: Monster Battle is the next project from Phil Tippet. Tippet offers over forty years of visual effects experience in the film industry. Today the 4th of May 2016 a big announcement is issued for an upcoming video game project via Tippet studios.

The game is titled “HoloGrid: Monster Battle” and it has the feel of a chess game fused with a turn based system. If you’re an enthusiast of strategy card games then “Hologrid” is a crowdfunding campaign to put your money on.

The following is the exclusive press release obtained by DecayMag.com

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Press Release

DecayMag.com HoloGrid: Monster BattleMay 4th, 2015, Berkeley, CA – Today, Phil Tippett & HappyGiant announced the launch of a Kickstarter campaign for HoloGrid: Monster Battle, a new hybrid board game, CCG, and digital augmented reality game, recently named “Best Technology of PAXEast 2016” by MMOG Games

“No other tech on the gaming floor combined so many cool, new ideas at once quite like this game. It managed to put together AR, CCG gaming and mobile gaming into a mixture that engages with its personality and depth of play.”

Said MMOGames.com

“HoloGrid could have easily leaned on its AR tech to make it simply a neat toy, but it has built a very compelling game in the process. It has managed to toe that difficult line between being accessible while also offering a strong level of strategy. In addition, it has a strong base to build on for more variety of cards. If HoloGrid can secure the right attention and make its game affordable, then Happy Giant has possibly caught lightning in a bottle.”

Phil Tippett

Phil Tippett is a 2-time Academy Award winning Visual Effects Supervisor and Director best known for his work on the original Star Wars films, Jurassic Park, Robocop, The Force Awakens, and many more. Tippett also created the “Holo Chess” scene in the original Star Wars, which he recreated for the Force Awakens.

“For years I’ve been making monsters for Directors to play with, and now for the first time, I’m making monsters for YOU to play with,” said Tippett. “We’re excited about the new fields of Augmented and Virtual Reality, and to be working with our friends at HappyGiant to create HoloGrid: Monster Battle.”

HoloGrid: Monster Battle’s gameplay is similar to Collectible Card Games (CCG’s) such as Magic: The Gathering or Hearthstone, but uses physical playing cards to trigger Augmented Reality creatures and a gameboard. Players will be able to play head-to-head, either locally or remotely, and offline, non digital play is possible as well through a physical board that will come with the product. A “Hybrid” Board Game, Collectible Card Game (CCG), and Digital Game in one, it delivers to players a new type of gaming experience.

Creatures battle on your tabletop with AR

HoloGrid: Monster Battle is being built for next gen AR & VR platforms, but will first release for mobile devices, giving players the feeling that the creatures of Phil Tippett are doing battle right in front of them.

“We’re excited to be launching this Kickstarter with Phil Tippett and his studio, and bringing to life a game so many of us have always wanted to play” said Mike Levine, President of HappyGiant. “This is our first step into a new world of AR gaming, and while we are launching it on mobile initially so everyone can play it, our long term vision is to bring it to emerging AR and VR platforms.”

Gameplay

HoloGrid: Monster Battle is a hybrid CCG/turn-based tactical strategy game, brought to you by Tippett Studio and HappyGiant. With the goal to defeat your opponent’s Champion, the game uses team and spell based combat, set on an AR tabletop-like playing board, allowing intense battles to take place.

  • Platforms: Mobile for main goal (iOS/Android), many others if we hit Stretch Goals.
  • Boxed Product: The game is a one-time-fixed price purchase. This is NOT a Free-To-Play mobile game and we won’t bother you with in-app purchases (read my lips!). We may introduce new creature card packs over time, but only if you want ’em!
  • Strategy: If we hit our Stretch Goal of 30 Creatures, that’s well over 100,000 team combinations! The base 8 units provide over 400!
  • Unique Abilities: All units will come with their own unique abilities, movement ranges, and more; allowing for endless amounts of strategy. See Creature Gifs below for more details.
  • Character Classes – Champions, Tanks, Specialists, Ranged/Shooters and Fighters.
  • Spells – Like the Creatures, every spell will be unique, and have the ability to shift the tide of the battle.
  • Fast Paced: The game matches take only 10-15 minutes, so you can play a quick session or multiple matches in no time.
  • PvP / 2 Player Game – The game is for made for 2 players/teams.
  • MP – Local Multiplayer included, and Remote Multiplayer if Stretch Goal hit.

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