Factsheet

Developer:
Carbon Studio
Based in Gliwice, Poland

Release date:
2020

Platforms:
Steam

Website:
http://thewizardsgame.com

Regular Price:
-

Description

The Wizards - Dark Times Steam Page

Official website

The Wizards - Dark Times is an action-adventure spellcasting game for virtual reality, developed by Carbon Studio as a standalone add-on for The Wizards - Enhanced Edition. The add-on is set in the same fantasy world as the base game, in a different time period. Decades after the events of The Wizards, the player can once more venture into the Realm of Meliora and conjure elemental spells to combat a wide variety of enemies.

The casting is based on the same core mechanics as in The Wizards, but will be reworked and developed for more advanced spell-slinging, replacing traditional spell upgrades with an intuitive system of manipulating magic with your own hands. Additionally, the game’s environments will provide more interaction, further exploring the possibilities of motion controllers and virtual reality goggles. This expansion will also feature a short but compelling story campaign with a host of NPCs and interactive locations, telling a short but lore-rich story from Meliora’s chronicles.

The Wizards - Dark Times will be released in 2020 for PCVR and PlayStation VR, with possible later port to Oculus Quest.

Key Features:

- Action-adventure VR spellcaster set in a rich fantasy world
- Intuitive and immersive spell casting with hand gestures

Features added on the full release:

- Completed story with new stages and cutscenes
- Master Enchantments for all the spells
- Dynamic lighting from all the spells and improved performance
- New battle arena and a Fate Card
- Steam Achievements

Other features added during Early Access:

- Free movement and free teleportation locomotion
- Shrike's Desert - new region, spells, and enemies
- Arena Mode - endless battles on two arenas
- NVIDIA VRWorks integration
- Left-handed mode

Free Locomotion

Six weeks after the early release, Carbon Studio introduced a Free Locomotion Update. This update introduced new ways to explore the world in place of the old scheme, allowing players to choose between free movement and free teleportation to any flat surface in reach. In addition to the new movement types, the update featured new map areas, item pick-ups, and new interactive world elements, crafted to encourage and reward thorough exploration.

Arena Mode

In November, Carbon Studio introduced the second major update - Arena Mode. It invited players to assail endless hordes of enemies on two brand new battle arenas and compete with other players on a global leaderboards. Along with brand new levels, Arena Mode introduces new hub, new enemy types, unique Fate Cards and a progress system independent to the campaign.

Fate Cards

Fate Cards are modifiers that can change game difficulty and rules to the player's liking. They increase replayability and accessibility, making the game satisfying for both challenge seekers and casual connoisseurs. Fate Cards modify score multiplier according to the game’s difficulty, allowing ambitious players to reach higher places on the leaderboards.

History

The Wizards is the second VR game by Carbon Studio from Gliwice, Poland. Game has been released on Steam Early Access on July 28th. Full release came after seven months - on March 8th. The idea behind The Wizards was conceived during VR Funhouse Game Jam, organized by the Epic Games and NVIDIA. During the event, a team from the Carbon Studio created a prototype of a spellcasting game that uses motion controllers. The goal of the game was to defend a land from oncoming hordes of enemies. This basic mechanic, combined with character development and the Fate Cards system, is the core of The Wizards.


Features


Videos

The Wizards - Enhanced Edition Release Trailer YouTube

The Wizards - Enhanced Edition Announcement Trailer YouTube

Full Release Trailer YouTube

Mixed Reality Trailer YouTube

Shrike's Desert Trailer YouTube

Arena Mode Trailer YouTube

Free Locomotion Update Trailer YouTube

The Wizards Launch Trailer YouTube

The Wizards Gameplay Trailer YouTube


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Awards & Recognition

  • "2nd Place Winner - Entertainment" Vive Developer Awards, 2018
  • "Best VR Game Award" Casual Connect Asia, 12 May, 2017
  • "Best Game Award" RESPAWN at Gamescom, 21 August, 2017
  • "Best Game Art Nominee" Casual Connect Asia, 12 May, 2017
  • "Best Game Narrative Nominee" Casual Connect Asia, 12 May, 2017
  • "Best Gameplay Nominee" Game Access Brno, 6 May, 2017


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About Carbon Studio

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Carbon Studio is an independent studio creating videogames and apps for PC and mobile platforms, exploring the possibilities of Virtual Reality.

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The Wizards - Dark Times Credits

Blazej Szaflik
CEO, Founder

Aleksander Caban
Business Development Manager, Founder

Karolina Koszuta
Project Manager, Founder


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