Wakfu, the ambitious new MMO from the studio behind cartoony hit Dofus, is now in open beta, developer Ankama Games has announced.
It's free to play, providing you've signed up for an Ankama account, with the client now available for download from the developer's website.
The open beta lets you do the following:
A gel-spitting dragon and a teleporting pixie, an invasion of flowers from outer space, a fight where you clamber around inside someone else's hand... It can be hard to tell whether Islands of Wakfu is a game or an over-evolved seventies concept album.
It's certainly a unique adventure. You get to explode statues by singing to them and beat up a tree. Towards the end of the affair you enter a mystical realm through a gateway which looks like a head of lettuce, before abusing a bear who owns a pirate ship. I'm still moderately surprised that, when the game's final boss shows up, it isn't Brian Wilson.
But IOW is definitely a game. It's the latest offering from quietly prosperous French outfit Ankama. The company's specialty is developing games which blend delicate cartoon visuals with intricate mechanics, and slapping them with names which sound like the intestinal disease you might catch from consuming a reheated sausage roll.
Pretty XBLA fantasy co-op RPG.
Xbox Live Arcade game Islands of Wakfu will release on 30th March, developer Ankama Games has announced.
This handsome co-op action RPG-slash-shoot-'em-up will cost 1200 Microsoft Points.
Islands of Wakfu presents two playable heroes: Nora who punches and kicks and teleports, and Efrim her dragon brother who flies around spewing fire balls.
Islands of Wakfu, a two-player action adventure exclusive to Xbox Live Arcade, was finally finished on Friday by French developer Ankama.
"We will announce the date of the release as soon as it is confirmed," an Ankama spokesperson told Eurogamer. "It should be done this week."
In the isometric, anime world of Islands of Wakfu, you are either a melee-attack girl or a projectile-attack dragon - or both, switching at will. A friend can join you for local co-op.
It's an almost stereotypically gorgeous springtime Saturday in Paris, breezy and bright, and the bistros near the Porte de Versailles are spilling lunching locals and tourists all over the street. But the kids arriving by the tram-load, confused mothers in tow, aren't here to eat crepes, promenade or play football. They're filing into the angular, modernist and cavernously huge Paris Expo hall - familiar to your correspondent from Blizzard's gigantic Worldwide Invitational event in 2008 - to pay pilgrimage to the biggest game you've never heard of: Dofus.
Attractive turn-based cartoon MMO Dofus has a whopping 30 million "registered players".
Ankama Games, the French studio which created the remarkably successful and weird strategy-MMO Dofus, is working on its first console game for Xbox Live Arcade.