On the heels of the release of Infinity Blade 2, we sat down with Donald Mustard of ChAIR Entertainment and asked him a series of questions we received from fans via Twitter and Facebook. Thanks so much to everyone for all your questions!
Q: Will Infinity Blade 2 be much bigger than Infinity Blade I?
A: We wanted to pack a ton of new content into Infinity Blade 2 so the game is significantly larger than the first. We’d estimate about 4-5 times larger.
Q: What’s the price?
A: Infinity Blade II is $6.99. And its a universal app so it works across all your devices.
Q: Will iPad 2 have same graphics as iPhone 4S?
A: We try and push every device to its graphical limit. The iPad 2 and the iPhone 4S have very similar hardware specs and therefore look identical. It then comes down to whether you prefer the larger size of the iPad 2 screen or the Retina display of the iPhone 4S.
Q: Is the setting of IB2 in one place or over a certain region?
A: Infinity Blade 2 features several new and different locations including the oriental themed Saydhi’s Estate and the more medieval themed Vault of Tears.
Q: In a video for IB2 I noticed English voice acting but will IB2 have the option to switch to the unique language with subtitles from IB1?
A: Because of the expanded story elements in Infinity Blade 2 we chose to have the dialog in English as opposed to our fictional “Pangean” language so it would be easier to follow the story and relate to the characters. From a fictional standpoint, the characters are still speaking Pangean – the first few spoken lines are in Pangean before we “translate” it to English for the rest of the game.
Q: Will the movement options be enhanced? If so, what are the new movement options?
A: At ChAIR we are not fans of touch screen games that try to simulate “control sticks” or other console style control schemes. We only want to make games that are unique to the device it is designed for. The decision to have movement in Infinity Blade 1 and 2 be controlled by our “touch point” system is one of our attempts at finding new and innovative ways to interface with a touch screen. With that said, Infinity Blade 2 features a much bigger world with many branching paths – some that only open up as the world evolves over time. There is a lot to do and see in Infinity Blade 2!
Q: Is the book only e-book form?
A: Infinity Blade: Awakening is a book written by #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Brandon Sanderson that bridges the story between Infinity Blade 1 and 2. It greatly expands the story and answers many of the mysteries found in Infinity Blade 1. It is currently available digitally on the iBookstore, Kindle, and Nook.
Q: Will IB2 be incorporating the storyline of the novel?
A: Infinity Blade 2 opens during the closing chapters of the novel as Siris makes his way into Saydhi’s Estate. It then continues past the events of the novel as Siris embarks on his journey to find and free the Worker of Secrets – the legendary creator of the Infinity Blade!
Q: Will we be playing as Siris?
Q: Can we mix and match swords when we use two?
A: Infinity Blade 2 features three new combat weapon classes: Light, Dual, and Heavy. With Light weapons equipped you will play very similar to the first game with a weapon in one hand and a shield in the other – allowing you to attack, block, and dodge as you are used to. With dual weapons equipped you have a weapon in each hand and are able to attack much faster – however you will have no shield and will need to rely on parry and dodge for your defense. With Heavy weapons equipped you hold a large weapon with both hands and while slower are able to deal out massive damage – though because of the extra weight you cannot dodge and will need to rely on parry and directional blocking for your defense. These new styles add a lot of strategic depth to the combat and we think they are super fun!
Q: Will there be any female villain characters?
A: There are several female villains and creatures in Infinity Blade 2 – including the Deathless information dealer, Saydhi!
Q: Are we going to be able to transfer items and currency from 1 to 2?
A: No. But dont worry, we’ve created several hundred new weapons and items for you to find and master. We’ve also included some of your favorites from Infinity Blade 1.