American McGee’s Spicy Horse Games launches The Gate, a ‘Pokemon in hell’ card-battle game

American McGee's Spicy Horse Game has made The Gate.

Above: American McGee's Spicy Horse Game has made The Gate.

Image Credit: DeNA
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American McGee’s Spicy Horse Games and publisher DeNA are launching a new fast-action strategy and fantasy card-battle game called The Gate.

You can fight epic battles with The Gate.

Above: You can fight epic battles with The Gate.

Image Credit: DeNA

The title is a new entry in the crowded fantasy card-battle mobile game genre, but it features high-end, Diablo-style 3D graphics that give players more control over the action. You can, for instance, use your finger to direct a character to attack a certain enemy.

“This is very unique. There’s a lot more action involved,” McGee said in an interview with GamesBeat. “It gives the player a chance to employ strategy in when to attack and how.”

The game is in testing in Oceania, and it will launch soon on a global basis.

This is the fourth mobile game from Spicy Horse Games after it transitioned out of console games. Japanese mobile-game company DeNA is publishing The Gate today as a free-to-play title on the iPhone and iPad. Spicy Horse Games developed it independently and set up the partnership for publishing the title after the Game Developers Conference this year.

The game is set in hell, where you battle all sorts of demons. You train, command, and upgrade fighters and send them into battle against the legions of hell. The battle arena is a lush, 3D landscape while the collectible cards for characters have a detailed, 2D look.

You can make friends with other players, build an alliance, and fight against other armies. Your goal is to become the master fighter in hell.

“We have combined different mythologies, like Christian demons and Sumerian demons and demons from Judaism,” McGee said. “We’re an equal-opportunity demon employer. We think of it as Pokemon in hell.”

Beijing, China-based Spicy Horse Games started the work on the game earlier this year, and it returns McGee to some familiar terrain, as he worked on the original Doom game from id Software in the early 1990s.

“This is my first return to a game in Hell since Doom,” McGee said.

The game has hundreds of cards and a dozen maps. The company will continue to put out more card packs and levels over time.

McGee is also working on short films based on his American McGee’s Alice series of games. Spicy Horse Games is publishing the title in China, but DeNA is distributing it in the West.

American McGee of Spicy Horse Games.

Above: American McGee of Spicy Horse Games.

Image Credit: Dean Takahashi
More information:

DeNA (pronounced “D-N-A”) develops and operates mobile and online services including free-to-play games, e-commerce and entertainment content distribution. Established in Tokyo, Japan in 1999 with the launch of an online auction se... read more »

Founded in 2006, Spicy Horse Games is an independent developer of AAA game content for web, social and mobile platforms. The studio has built award winning content across PC, console, mobile and web. Spicy Horse is one of the first to ... read more »

American James McGee (born December 13, 1972) is an American game designer. He is perhaps best known as the designer of American McGee's Alice. McGee began his career at id Software. He was a level designer for such games as Doom II, Q... read more »

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