Hillside, N.J. & Cary, N.C.—May 14, 2012—Leading entertainment conglomerate, National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA) alongside game creators Wizkids and Icarus Studios, wholly-owned subsidiaries of NECA, today unveiled HeroClix TabApp™, an upcoming action-based iPad game, and the first in the TabApp™ series, integrating physical miniature toys with digital arenas. HeroClix TabApp™ is set for release this fall.
Featuring real-time combat, HeroClix TabApp™ integrates NECA's vast array of licenses to bring popular characters commonly featured in NECA’s product lines to the game.
To play, physical miniatures are placed on the iPad device, the “digital game board.” Utilizing Icarus Studio’s xScape Platform figure recognition technology, exclusive content and game maps are unlocked based on the miniature selected. With a swipe of a finger players can move along the virtual board and take part in high-action battles against a multitude of evil villains.
Game Features Include:
One dozen physical super hero miniatures
50+ virtual enemy figures
Over two dozen digital maps
“Technology is changing the way in which consumers interact with toys and collectibles,” said Joel Weinshanker, President and COO at NECA. “TabApp™ takes gaming to the next level, offering players an all new way to experience their favorite collectibles, toys and games in a portable (digital) format that fits their lifestyle.”
HeroClix TabApp™ is slated for release this October and will be available for iPad devices free from the iTunes store. Physical miniatures will be available at participating hobby and comic shop retailers.
What an interesting concept. I guess there will be something special in the dial so the IPad can recognize the figure. What happens when the figure falls over? The purpose of the IPad is for it to be portable. A figure sitting on top of it won't make it as portable.
I wonder what powers there will be? Probably kept pretty simple. They can do some cool stuff with graphics and sounds.
The map looks like it will be GREATLY limited in size. (I could be wrong)
To echo others, this could easily get me to buy an ipad.
Then....wait for it....an iTable. That's 3 foot x 3 foot big. And you can call up whatever map you want. Or use a 3x2 map. Or make your own custom ones.
Or put 9 iPads next to each other? Or just 4 and have 4 player games on a larger map? or or or......I just had a nerdgasm..... I cannot wait for the future!