This interview is part of a series of developer discussions that share details on the upcoming collectible RPG Game of Thrones Beyond the Wall, to be released on iOS and Android.
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This week we sat down with the Game of Thrones Beyond the Wall Creative Team to talk about The Wall game mode.
How do players interact with such an iconic Game of Thrones element as the Wall?
Players take on the role of Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. In the Seven Kingdoms, the Lord Commander safeguards “the realms of men” by organizing the defenses of the 700-foot ice Wall against the dangers beyond. Our goal from the beginning was to weave that core fantasy fulfillment into the game as much as possible. To do that, we designed The Wall game mode where players regularly defend against wildling invaders.
Tell us more about The Wall game mode.
It’s a weekly event where players use their roster of units to defend sections of the Wall against hordes of enemies. The more waves a player defeats, the more rewards they collect that they can spend on further powering their units. As the defense progresses, the waves get more difficult to push back, so there are plenty of opportunities to use both the breadth and depth of a player’s collection. We felt that by making these battles recurring events, players would continually feel their duty to the Night’s Watch.
How does combat gameplay differ in The Wall game mode?
The Wall game mode uses the same core combat system, ensuring that all the player’s skill and investment carry over, but with a few twists to make it an endurance mode.
First, the player can use some of the Wall’s defenses like flaming arrows or explosive barrels against the enemy invaders. The number of uses is limited however, so the strategy lies in timing and planning.
Second, because the enemies attack the same squad in waves without allowing for a chance to refresh, players have to keep track of how they use the health and power of their relatively limited forces over time.
What else can players expect from The Wall?
Players can retire units from their collection to defend the Wall and boost their power before starting the event. There is a strategy to having a somewhat cyclical unit collection, meaning that the units a player does not use as often can provide direct value to the ones they use regularly.
There are opportunities for special limited-time event versions of The Wall mode that evoke some of the larger-scale invasions from different Game of Thrones timelines, including those seen in the show.
We’re always exploring ways to integrate more player cooperation and competition into the game; The Wall could be another mode where that happens.
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