Free-to-play card games have always been kind of loathed by a certain subset of gamers. Being that card games in the real world are undeniably pay-to-win, given that you need to buy the best in-meta cards to create a competitive deck, people are quick to dismiss digital versions of games in this genre pretty quickly.
Eternal, a free-to-play online collectible card video game developed and published by Dire Wolf Digital, sought to break that convention by making a card game that was actually free-to-play without being a huge and soul-destroying grindfest. And being that’s it’s a digital card game, it’s designed to be really easy to pick up and learn.
The game includes both singleplayer and multiplayer modes, even complete with a full story-driven campaign for each faction. Just like in games like Hearthstone and MTG, the play is fluid and smooth, and the mechanics are easy to grasp. The visual style, card design and general mechanics surrounding the meta-game should be fairly intuitive as well.
Eternal has been around for a while on PC, but it’s finally come to a new platform with a launch on the Xbox One. The Xbox version will include all of the content from the PC game, and the real good news is that every card can be earned through consistent play, and all without spending hundreds of hours grinding like in some other digital titles in the genre.
You can check out a trailer for the Xbox version of Eternal down below. We also threw the official description of the game down there too.
RAISE THE BANNER With spells and swords, six-guns and subterfuge, heroes collide in the struggle for the Eternal Throne. Where will you stand? Join the battle in Eternal, the new strategy card game of unlimited choices and unbelievable fun. THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS Eternal combines the infinite possibilities of a deep strategy card game with the pace and polish of a modern video game. Build any deck you can imagine by freely mixing cards from an expanding collection, and plunge into lightning-fast battles. The only limits are your own creativity. A GAME THAT GROWS WITH ITS PLAYERS In Eternal, there’s always something new. Frequent new cards release between set launches to guarantee that the meta-game never gets stale. A steady influx of unexplored content keeps even the most experienced players on their toes. What will you create? TEST YOUR WITS NOT YOUR WALLET Looking for a white hat that fits? Here you go. All gameplay — every card and every game mode — in Eternal can be earned or unlocked without ever paying a dime. It’s truly free to play. ENEMIES AT EVERY TURN Eternal’s tactical AI was hand-crafted by some of the best professional TCG players in the world. With dozens of enemy decks, wild “boss level” environments, and unique card mechanics, Eternal stands ready to challenge players at any hour of the day or night.