Ubisoft Partnered With Cirque de Soleil For Child of Light

By Ishaan . April 9, 2014 . 2:31pm


Ubisoft say they’ve partnered with Cirque de Soleil and song-writer Cœur de Pirate to “further develop Child of Light into a well-rounded work of art”. We aren’t quite sure what that means.


Ubisoft’s explanation about this so-called partnership with Cirque de Soleil is rather vague, too. They say the development team “benefited from a world-class experience in theatrical realization and costume design, adding an authentic stage direction point of view to the game’s creation.”


“Videogames invites players to be immersed in virtual worlds and no one is better to create immersive and magical experiences than the artists of the Cirque du Soleil,” said Patrick Plourde, in an equally unhelpful statement. “So to be able to collaborate with them to achieve Child of Light’s ambition to create a playable poem was a dream come true.”


Child of Light will be available on April 30th for $14.99 on PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

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  • Virevolte

    It’s probably “Cirque du Soleil”. =)

  • Looking forward to picking this one up. Hope it plays as good as it looks.

  • rurifan

    Preordered as soon as it was up, but I’m a little worried that the game is only $15. If it’s good I don’t want it to end quickly. :(

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  • Earthjolly

    Is Ubisoft really going to make an rpg that will put japenese RPG developers to shame?

    • Ethan_Twain

      Honestly? It looks like it.

      I’ll be a little heartbroken if this comes out and is anything less than mind blowing. I mean, I’ve prepped my mind to be blown. The blast doors are closed, I pulled the fire alarm like two weeks ago. All cynical personnel have been evacuated. This is not a drill.

    • Guest

      yeah … sure… with a game that seems a watered down rip-off of a Vanillaware game (except for the turn based mechanics).

    • Hexodious

      The way it looks now? No, they don’t, not even close and they never will as well. But that doesn’t mean this game is going to be fantastic.

  • blackpepperbottle

    *throwing money to monitor*

    I hope there are no Uplay DRM parasites attached to this beautiful Turn Based RPG

    • darke

      Apparently it has uplay on the PC. Only consoles and cracked versions are free of blocked-for-days-by-BT-Infinity UPlay. :(

  • Ethan_Twain

    Jesus, it’s like Ubisoft has a checklist of things they could do to make this game appeal specifically to me.

    Turn based combat that isn’t shackled to anime characterization? Check.

    Leverages UbiArt technology from Rayman to depict something less manic and more beautiful? Check.

    Pulls on artists from outside the company (which, in video games where so many aesthetic and narrative decisions are made by unqualified engineers, is ALWAYS a good thing).

    Does 2D without having copping out and doing throwback sprites. I will always support games that present themselves in 2D not because they’re “retro” or lack budget, but because they accept 2D as an equally valid perspective of expression. This is straight up modern beautiful 2D. There should be more of this.

    I kind of need this game.

    • neocatzon

      Oh, me me!
      Dialogues are in rhyme as a reminder that there’s a more than one way to depict a world with words.

      Though with 15$ I do worry with the game length.

      • Ethan_Twain

        The dialogues are in RHYME??!??


        Edit: Okay, brain rebooted. Does this game also include a bottle of Johnnie Walker double black label with purchase? Because I feel like that’s just about all that’s left. I can’t think of anything else to make me want it more.

        • neocatzon

          A fine example in 3:13 mark on video above and this interview

          Unfortunately, my whisky-fu is below level 0.How about a milk?

  • Theob Vious Choice

    This game somewhat irks me.
    Not because I don’t think it’ll be a
    great game, which it probably will be. I have nothing against the game
    itself, but the way it’s advertised and the way the fanbase are
    receiving it.
    When you enter a Child of Light post you’ll see at least one of three comments without a doubt.
    “For once a turn based RPG with no anime art!”
    “Hah, finally Ubisoft is releasing an RPG that’ll show them damned Japanese folk how it’s done.” (going along with the falsity that JRPGs are still dead as they were between 2006-2011)
    “This looks like it is going to be a great JRPG.”
    “Something about Skyrim for some reason.”

    Lemme give you a lesson here.
    JRPGs =/= WRPGs.
    This is a JRPG styled WRPG, and that’s cool, but it is not a JRPG. Just like how Dark Souls is a WRPG styled JRPG, it’s not a WRPG.
    JRPGs are undeniably the most faithful to their origins as a genre next to FPS games. (The latter don’t make it work as well since there is less story involved.) Think Dragon Warrior, how much has changed in gameplay since then? Not much. Still got an overworld map, random encounters (or wandering monsters), turn based or instanced real-time, etc. That took itself from games like Ultima and Wizardry, real early post-DnD WRPGs.
    WRPGs like the Elder Scrolls series and Mass Effect (for obvious examples) set up the template for what we know as the modern WRPG. That is much different from the original design, however still great in it’s own right.

    JRPGs are not dead. If you think so, get out of the genre and stop commenting on forums.
    Anime art in JRPGs is a good thing, just look at all the complaints the Final Fantasy series gets with it’s overly metrosexual boy-band looking characters. That is an awful hybrid that should stop immediately.
    Skyrim isn’t the be all and end all of WRPGs.


    JRPGs are not the same as WRPGs.
    Skyrim isn’t the be all and end all of WRPGs.
    Child of Light, while most likely a good game, isn’t a JRPG.
    JRPGs are not a dead genre.

    On topic: This looks like it’ll be a great game, there is certainly a lot of work and heart put into it and definitely looks worthwhile for anyone who likes RPGs. I’ll have to check it out soon.

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