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Bandai Namco Announces Outcast Odyssey Collectible Card Game for Mobile Devices

Bandai Namco today announced a new collectible card game named Outcast Odyssey. The company will preview the game alongside two new Pac-Man titles at San Diego Comic Con on July 24th to July 27th. At launch, Outcast Odyssey will feature 600 cards created by comic book artists such Warren Louw and Chuck Pires. Bandai Namco said the game will feature both dungeon crawling and card battling elements. Players will be able to form guilds and evolve hundreds of cards to build unstoppable decks. Outcast Odyssey was announced a few weeks after Bandai Namco said they were pulling their RPG Tales of Phantasia from the App Store.

Outcast Odyssey

The collectible card game genre is becoming a crowded market on the App Store. Blizzard Entertainment recently released the first expansion for its Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft title, and Wizards of the Coast just released Magic 2015. It will be interesting to see if Outcast Odyssey will be able to draw players away from these two already popular franchises. Bandai Namco's card game will be free-to-play for both iOS and Android devices, and unlike Hearthstone and Magic which are only available for the iPad, Outcast Odyssey will also be available for the iPhone.

Bandai Namco Pulling Tales of Phantasia From the App Store in August

In another case of freemium gaming gone wrong, Bandai Namco has announced it is pulling Tales of Phantasia from the App Store on August 28, 2014. The game will also stop accepting in-app purchases on July 29, and all associated services like saved data will become unusable after the game is officially shut down. This is bad news for anyone who has spent money on the game and a good example of why some people dislike always-online requirements.

Tales of Phantasia

Bandai Namco released the mobile version of its 16-bit RPG as a free-to-play title in January. The game was met with mostly negative reviews because it forced players to pay for in-game items even though the App Store description promises you can play the game from "start to finish for free".

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