Customisable Card Game Goes OnlineBy Christian
April 29, 2000 - 9:27 PM
Decipher, the publisher of the official Star Trek Customisable Card Game, has announced it will soon bring all its card games to the web, beginning with the one based on the Star Trek franchise. They will be doing this together with DigitalDeck, a company specialised in helping CCG companies migrate to the web. Here's what you will be able to expect from the project:
Players will have a '24x7' online access to the complete Star Trek CCG experience. Players will be able to purchase, trade and collect digital cards, as well as play, watch or judge games, and attend tournaments. In addition to duplicating the physical games, the software will go beyond what is possible with paper cards, taking advantage of computer technology to offer features such as trackable ownership and game play history.
Decipher will apparently be strongly stimulating the online version, as they will also organising special events similar to the current real-life CCG competitions, which would also have an effect on players' rankings in the world ranking. Here's what Decipher Chairman and CEO Warren Holland had to say about the online version:
"With the help of our dedicated players, Star Trek Customizable Card Game developed a huge following over the past five years. It is now time for us to take the game to the next step and add a whole new dimension to the gaming experience. Not only does DigitalDeck's expertise allow us to give online players the best digital Star Trek CCG possible at this time, but it also ensures that we will be able to keep abreast of the technology and take advantage of new developments. We are also looking forward to bringing more of our games into the digital fray."
The full press release can be found here. Though of course this isn't mentioned anywhere in the press release, I wonder if this move by Decipher is a reaction to ConQuest Online, the online-only multiplayer game Activision is currently developing, and which many people have commented looks rather similar to Decipher's customisable card game.