Shadowverse‘s next expansion – Wonderland Dreams – will be out soon, and as the name suggests, it’s themed around classic fairy tales and fantasy; from Red Riding Hood to Alice in Wonderland.
“We wanted to show that the world of Shadowverse isn’t just about dark fantasy,” says Lead Game Designer Naoyuki Miyashita when I ask about the theme. “We wanted to show that it can also encompass the worlds of fairy tale and myth. So with that in mind we took the popular character Alice from our previous game Rage of Bahamut and created a new world around her.” This is reflected from a gameplay perspective too. “More so than in previous expansions,” Miyashita-san confirms, “there are a lot of cards with abilities that were directly inspired by the flavor or theme of the card.”
There’s no new keyword or mechanic driving the gameplay, but it does promise to shift things up significantly, thanks to Wonderland Dreams’ focus on ‘Neutralcraft’ – i.e. decks that revolve around neutral cards and cards that take advantage of or are impacted by neutral cards.
It’s a smart move at this point in Shadowverse’s life. The game hasn’t introduced formats yet, so each new expansion adds a smaller and smaller percentage of new cards to the overall pool, thereby risking having less and less of an impact on the overall meta game. The neutral focus, however, means that Cygames can create new deck types for basically every class that don’t build on existing archetypes, hopefully changing the meta in meaningful and interesting ways.
“We aren’t trying to promote any particular class with this expansion,” Miyashita-san explains when I ask about the team’s goals for class balance and the meta. “Instead, we want to make it possible to create decks that are built around Neutral cards as well as decks that are focused on class-specific cards, which will expand the range of decks that you can make even within each class.”
Today IGN is exclusively revealing eight new cards, and they’re pretty exciting – particularly if you’re a Lewis Carroll fan. Let me know what you think of the cards in the comments and be sure to check out all the Shadowverse: Wonderland Dreams cards revealed so far to get a good broad sense of the set as a whole.
Don’t forget to check out all the Shadowverse: Wonderland Dreams cards revealed so far.
Cam Shea is senior editor in IGN’s Sydney office and tries to spend as much time as possible in Japan. He’s on Twitter.