Bizarre Gaming Factoid: Call of Duty Real-Time Card Game
In a bit of bizarre gaming trivia, did you know that Upper Deck announced a REAL TIME card game based on Call of Duty that was scheduled for a Fall 2008 release but just kind of vanished without a trace, never being published?
While I can’t say for sure what killed this most unusual game before it’s release, I would imagine the 2007 release of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and its extreme popularity had something to do with it. Upper Deck’s game was based mostly on the franchise’s previous entries, all of which were set during World War II. After the release of Call of Duty 4 though, the World War II shooter went out of style and Upper Deck may have felt that they had missed their window of opportunity.
My real question is how exactly do you play a “real time” card game? Apparently, it was going to try and replicate the fast pace of the games, but that just seems like chaos in a card game especially if both players don’t have a complete knowledge of all the cards in both decks. Either way, I would have probably bought this just for novelty’s sake.
Check out the full, original press release that Upper Deck sent out all the way back in 2008.
Upper Deck Announces Call of Duty Real-Time Card Game
CARLSBAD, Ca. (April 18, 2008) – All fire fights, all the time! Upper Deck today announced the first major World War II card game, the Call of Duty Real-Time Card Game. Based on Activision’s award-winning Call of Duty video game series, the new two-player “real-time” card game will storm hobby and retail stores across North America this fall. Debuting a first-of-its-kind gameplay where players react instantly to their opponent’s moves, the Call of DutyReal-Time Card Game is fast, fun, and highly strategic. Visit www.CODcardgame.com for more information.
“Upper Deck is very excited to enter into a new market with the Call of Duty Real-Time Card Game,” said Jeff Donais, Director of Game Development at Upper Deck. “We’re creating the first major World War II card game by combining the popularity of several of the biggest Call of Duty titles with a card game featuring a brand-new, real-time game engine that’s sure to enlist a whole new card game audience.”
Featuring signature tactics and missions from previous World War II installments of the Call of Duty series, including Call of Duty, Call of Duty 2 and Call of Duty 3, the Call of Duty Real-Time Card Game brings the first-person action perspective to the table top. The card game thrusts players into the conflicts of World War II, allowing them to customize their own squads using specialists like demolition experts, paratroopers and snipers to defeat their enemies. Unlike traditional trading card games, the Call of Duty Real-Time Card Game is extremely fast-paced – players simultaneously fire, take cover and move around the battlefield.
The Call of Duty Real-Time Card Game will be available in eight different Squad Decks, each representing a particular army: American, British, Canadian, French, German, Italian, Polish and Russian. Squad Decks feature three unique types of soldiers from a specific country, supporting “class” cards for each soldier and three country cards. Squad Decks are playable right out of the box, so once a player selects which country they want to represent, the battle commences. Players can also customize their decks by mixing and matching soldiers and class cards from other Squad Decks. Each Squad Deck will also come with a collectible, two-sided battlefield game map and two specific mission cards.
For more information on the Call of Duty Card Game and other Upper Deck products, visit www.CoDCardGame.com.