Epic is giving away Infinity Blade 3, the final chapter in its sword dueling saga, for free on the App Store.
UPDATE 1/12/14 11.15am: The first footage of Infinity Blade for Xbox One has leaked online.
Chair's first-person sword dueling mobile hit series Infinity Blade is coming to a close on 4th September with the free Infinity Blade 3 expansion Kingdom Come.
Style over substance doesn't always need to be a criticism. When the first Infinity Blade was released, back in 2010, it wasn't the deepest game around. What it did have was an engaging and intuitive approach to touchscreen sword fighting, as well as sumptuous Unreal Engine visuals designed to give purchasers of the newly released iPad something to show off. The style was the substance, and it was a well deserved hit.
Was it a game that demanded sequels? Arguably not, but the industry must be fed. Where the first Infinity Blade dressed up short, punchy mobile gameplay in AAA graphics, with this third and apparently final entry in the trilogy, the game now resembles its AAA peers in more than just looks. It has inherited their bloat as well.
Combat remains largely unchanged. You march up to some hulking foe and do battle using a variety of dodges, blocks and parries to wear them down before unleashing your own flurry of blows in the few seconds before they regain their composure. It's muscular, satisfying stuff, made all the more enjoyable for its immediacy. Swiping to meet an incoming blow results in a clanging parry, tapping the corners sends you ducking left or right. It just feels right, and once you've found the rhythm of each enemy these encounters are a cinematic joy, rightly forming the meat of the game.
Chair Entertainment co-found Donald Mustard announced Infinity Blade 3 today at Apple's press conference, where it debuted its upcoming lineup of phones.
This third and final outing in Epic's trilogy will be released on iOS devices on 18th September, alongside iOS 7, where it will cost $6.99.
Infinity blade 3 will be the biggest title in the series yet by a country mile. The upcoming title will be composed of eight worlds, each at least the size of the entire first game. Additionally, you'll be able to choose between two playable characters, Siris and Isa.
Epic's sword-swinging, magic-casting first-person dueling series could be seeing a third installment, according to a LinkedIn resume by a staffer at franchise developer Chair.