Infinity Blade Saga will be coming to XBox One according to reports out of China earlier this week. Tencent Games, a Chinese investment company that holds nearly half of Epic Games, says that a PlayStation 4 release is a possibility but their focus is currently on XBox One.
An XBox One release for the Infinity Blade Saga opens up some interesting possibilities in terms of gameplay. According to some reports, it seems that fans will have the option of using either the Kinect or the XBox One controller to play through Infinity Blade Saga.
Tencent also confirmed that the Infinity Blade Saga will contain nearly all of the stages from the iOS version of the Infinity Blade trilogy but with the inclusion of a more guided storyline for players.
In addition, it appears that Tencent is interested in pursuing a free to play model for the Infinity Blade Saga release. Tencent has apparently been chipping away at a long term development plan for ensuring that Infinity Blade could at some point be F2P for fans.
Tencent and Epic are shooting for a release either before or after Chinese Lunar New Year pending smooth sailing through government and bureaucratic red tape. In 2015, the Chinese Lunar New Year falls on February 19th so Infinity Blade fans will not have to wait long for the XBox One debut of the Infinity Blade Saga according to Tencent.
Tencent is no newbie to US gaming as their acquisition of a substantial chunk of Epic Games was their second US gaming investment. Tencent dropped $330 million dollars that bought them 48.4% of Epic’s shares. Tencent’s first US gaming investment came in 2011 when Tencent picked up a majority stake in Riot Games, the studio responsible from the hugely popular MOBA League of Legends, for a hefty $350 million dollar sum.
What are your thoughts on the XBox One release of the Infinity Blade Saga? How do you think the Kinect will change gameplay? Or are you waiting for the PlayStation 4 release instead?