Ubisoft reveals JRPG-inspired side-scroller Child of Light

"Potential next-gen IP" set for winter 2013 release.

Ubisoft has shared first details about Child of Light, a new downloadable project in development at Ubisoft Montreal.

Developed on the Rayman Origins UbiArt Framework engine and led by Far Cry 3 creative director Patrick Plourde, the game is a side-scrolling “fairy tale game” with turn-based battles inspired by the “Squaresoft spirit” of PlayStation RPGs like Final Fantasy VIII and Vagrant Story.

Speaking at GDC Europe, Plourde said the game was designed as a “counter-point” the the “masculine” Far Cry 3, and its art inspirations include Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki and Final Fantasy‘s Yoshitaka Amano, as well as illustrations from Disney’s Snow White and early 20th century children’s books.

Child of Light was described by Plourde as a “playable poem” and cross between Final Fantasy VI and Limbo.

Platforms have not yet been announced, but Plourde suggests the game is a “potential next-gen IP” and will launch in winter 2013.

Don’t expect a full trailer for another two weeks, but catch a teaser below.

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