Irrational co-founder Jon Chey has formed a new studio, Blue Manchu, focused on more niche games. The studio's first project is Card Hunter
, a microtransation-fueled, Flash-based browser game. It will initially launch on PCs, but is also planned for iOS.
"The best way to describe it is, imagine I take an MMO, and every time you fight a monster, instead of playing a timer game with with pull downs and buttons that you click, you're playing a turn-based strategy game," Chey explained to Gamasutra
in an extensive interview
. "You have little pieces on a board, and you play cards to move those pieces around, and that's the battle you fight."
Magic: The Gathering
creator Richard Garfield is contributing to the game's design. Chey says Blue Manchu, which is entirely self-funded, allows the opportunity to "make some games that probably wouldn't get made otherwise." Chey expects Card Hunter
to be out sometime in the next six months.