An Interview With the Developers of Hex Gambit
For fans of turn-based strategy games, a new game called Hex Gambit has appeared on Kickstarter with a Nintendo Switch release planned for April 2018.
Intrigued by what we saw of Hex Gambit, we got in touch with One Man Left to learn what players can expect from the game.
Hex Gambit is described as a fast-paced turn-based strategy game. Aside from your previous game Outwitters, what games would you compare Hex Gambit’s gameplay to?
Can’t say there was one direct inspiration for Hex Gambit’s gameplay, but there are traces in it of a lot of games we love. It began as a very different take on Outwitters, putting more emphasis on getting to the action, and giving players more tools to be creative with their tactics. Getting destroyed by my wife at checkers inspired our crowdsurfing mechanic – any character can hop across neighboring minions to get around the map faster and alleviate some of the “traffic jams” you tend to see in these games (our Kickstarter video shows this in action, it’s really neat). Our “choose your team” aspect is just a little bit Pokemon, and Neuroshima Hex and Hearthstone both have the quick, tit-for-tat feel we were going for. It’s a dash of this, a pinch of that.
Will there be a single-player mode, or is it exclusively multiplayer?
It’s a multiplayer-focused game, but we will have single player skirmishes against AI opponents. We have a few directions we’re exploring to flesh that single player experience out, but it’s too early in development to say which way we’ll go for sure.
So far, Hex Gambit has only been announced for the PC and Switch. What made you decide to bring it to the Switch? Will it use any of the Switch’s special features, such as HD Rumble?
The Switch’s ability to take multiplayer anywhere made it feel to me like a natural destination for Hex Gambit. Its predecessor for mobile, Outwitters, was a game you always had with you on your phone, so you could knock out a turn whenever you had a moment to spare. The Nintendo Switch gives us that, plus controllers you can pop off for a pickup game with a friend. You don’t have to both have a device on you with the same game, it’s all just there and ready to play. The other hardware bells and whistles, like HD rumble, are things we’ll have fun playing with later on in development, once the core game is ironed out.
According to the Kickstarter description, the Deluxe Edition includes all post-launch DLC for free. How much post-launch DLC do you anticipate, and will it include more than new minions?
Since the game revolves around what team of five minions you choose, each one we add exponentially increases the variety of strategies you’ll encounter online. New minions and captains can also change the way you use your other characters, so it’s a great way to add value and fresh puzzles for our players.
We’ve got 10 unique paradigms for minion DLC we’d like to add post-launch (really different characters, not just modest stat tweaks or costume changes), and there’s a lot more we can do if the community is hungry for it. If the game does well and we get to add everything we want, that Deluxe Edition is going to be WAY under-priced!
We’ll definitely start by adding minions, but nothing is off the table or set in stone as far as DLC, and our fans have always been great about telling us what they want to see added.
Do you have plans to bring any of your previous games to the Switch?
We’re only two guys, so we try not to bite off more than we can chew. If people love Hex Gambit, we’ll be plenty busy working on updates for that!
Finally, is there anything else you’d like to tell our readers about Hex Gambit?
Backing us on Kickstarter not only saves you money, it actually gives us more time to improve the final product! We’ve been dreaming about Hex Gambit since 2012, and it’s been really exciting to finally show it off and see all this enthusiasm. We’d like to thank everyone for their early support; we can’t wait to take you all on in Hex Gambit’s first league season!
Hex Gambit’s Kickstarter is definitely off to a good start, and it’s nice to see a game making use of the Switch’s portable multiplayer potential. What do you think of Hex Gambit? Let us know in the comments.