The computer game, Relic Raiders, is set to come out by the end of October.
Humber students got an early taste of a new game when the makers of Relic Raiders showed off a beta version at North campus on Sept. 27.
It’s a team-based fighting game developed by Crystallized Games with high speed combat and an emphasis on tactics and strategy.
The game currently features a variety of characters with different playing styles, according to the developer’s website.
In the game, two teams of four players can play with their friends or against them. The teams then battle for control over the map’s flag.
“The mechanics are not too complex, but they are still in a way where everyone can play in their own way,” said Arnauld Avila, a 17-year-old computer engineering student.
Adam Callver, Chief Creator Officer and lead artist of the game, said the game was aimed at an audience that appreciates fighting games, and eventually be accepted as an e-sport, he said.
According to Forbes.com, the e-sports gaming industry is set to grow by nearly a billion dollars in revenue this year including things such as sponsorships of around $340 million, media rights valued at $160.7 million and advertising of $174 million.
Callver said their game looks up to other big battle royale games such as Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, commonly known as PUBG. There are things in other games Relic Raiders developers could take inspiration from, he said.
Stephen King, the founder of Crystallized games and programming engineer, said he had worries people wouldn’t be receptive to the game. Despite this initial fear he said people are being drawn to the game.
“People have been really excited about the game. It seems like they are having a good time and really getting kind of the core concepts of it,” King said.
King said he believes e-sports are very important to the Humber community.
“I think it’s really important to get involved with the college community,” he said. “I know that Humber is really excited about bringing e-sports into the [fold] properly, and we want to be supportive of that.”
The game is fun and fast-paced, said Joshua Dicenzo, a game programming student and winner of one of the tournaments.
Dicenzo said Relic Raiders seems faster paced than other arena type games.
He said he’s waiting for the release later this month.
Geoffrey Lachapelle, a professor and e-sports coordinator at Humber College, said it’s important for Humber to have events where game developers come in and discuss their products.
“We are trying to build support for the argument that games are a universal hobby,” he said.
Lachapelle said he wants students in his classes to see how beta development and the testing process works as third-year game developing students create their own video games. He said bringing in other developers could be beneficial to students in the program.
Reaction has been mainly positive and future events like this are set to come more often to Humber, Lachapelle said.