FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 8, 2018 – In 2019, Japanese board game localization studio LionWing Publishing will be publishing the English version of the hit Japanese dungeon-crawling card game Testament. From designer Yasushi ‘Kuro’ Kuroda—creator of Unicornus Knights, Ars Alchimia, and Alicematic Heroes—Testament is a fully cooperative, card-based dungeon-crawler that features deep character customization, tactical battles, and tough boss fights.
Taking inspiration from MMORPGs, and in particular, Final Fantasy XIV, Testament’s core design is built around the “trinity” system found in such games, which emphasizes party combat roles like tanks, damage-dealers, and healers.
In Testament, players team up and control individual heroes to battle through six stages, first fighting through smaller monsters and then facing off against a massive stage boss that mimics the complex “raids” for which MMORPGs are best known.
Testament comprises six stages in total, with each one taking about an hour to complete (if the players’ party isn’t wiped out completely, that is) and provides players with the ability to play single, one-off scenarios or string several together to create a campaign, with characters leveling-up after the completion of each stage. Testament supports up to four players but can be played entirely solo as well.
Do beware, however: the game’s level of difficulty is not for the faint of heart. In fact,Testament is so punishing that less than twenty percent of players will clear all of its stages on their first attempt, with many failing on the very first stage. If they can survive long enough, though, they will fight the game’s final boss, the man-made god known simply as Testament.
A Kickstarter for the English edition of Testament is set to launch this coming winter season before its planned release next year. A presskit has been created to allow for a closer look at the game's features and its components. Click here to see it.
About LionWing Publishing
LionWing Publishing is an American localization company whose focus is on translating and publishing the best tabletop games that Japan has to offer. They launched their first Kickstarter campaign, Sainome Colosseum R, this past summer to roaring success, and publish games that are dynamic, engaging, and aesthetically striking. For more information about LionWing Publishing, see our website. Follow LionWing Publishing on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.