Remember Triple Triad in Final Fantasy VIII? Check out Eminence: Xander’s Tales

Playing for keepsies

Back in the day when I first played Final Fantasy VIII, I fantasized about a world in which people could walk up to random strangers, ask to play a card game, and be treated to one without it being weird. We are not there yet, but the makers of Eminence: Xander’s Tales apparently have had similar thoughts.

Eminence is planned as a massively multiplayer online trading card game, and one of the most interesting bits planned is the ability banned on most schoolyards: winner takes one of the loser’s cards. This can be toggled between battles for those afraid of losing prized digital possessions, but I hope most player-vs-player battles are played for keeps.

I am a bit torn on how to feel about this. On the one hand, it seems a little iffy that the card gameplay is pretty much just a straight rip from FFVIII‘s Triple Triad subgame, but on the other hand, an MMO Triple Triad sounds like a pretty great idea.

Eminence: Xander’s Tales is about halfway to its £50,000 crowdfunding goal. It is initially planned for iOS and Android phones, with tablets, PC, and console versions set as stretch goals.

Darren Nakamura
Darren is a scientist during the day. He has been a Destructoid community member since 2006, joining the front page as a contributor in 2011. While he enjoys shooters, RPGs, platformers, strategy, and rhythm games, he takes particular interest in independent games. He produced the Zero Cool Podcast for about four years, and he plays board games quite a bit when he can find willing companions.