Turn-based 3D combat is coming to Facebook

The upcoming action game Dueling Blades boasts a number of features that aren’t exactly common to social games. It has high-quality 3D visuals, a robust multiplayer combat system, and eventually will support cross-platform play across Facebook, Android, and iOS. The game isn’t expected to launch until March, but Gamezebo caught up with developer Hourblast Games’ Joseph Cooper to learn a little more about what players can expect.

The game takes place in an alternate universe, fantasy-style medieval setting and at launch Dueling Blades will focus on multiplayer action, though a single-player campaign is in the works. And the core of that multiplayer mode is combat.

“We utilize a simultaneous turn strategy gameplay mechanic,” Cooper told Gamezebo. “This was chosen because it is not only fun, but also performs efficiently on both mobile and social platforms. The battles will take place in a 3/4 top down perspective where you will have a full view of the arena.”

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The game will launch with seven different classes to play as, including a ninja and knight, which you’ll unlock as you progress through the game and earn experience levels. There’s also in-depth character creation and achievments to keep you busy when you’re not fighting against friends, and a crafting system is also in the works for a future update, which will let you create your own gear.

While the game will launch first on Facebook, Cooper explained that all versions will be nearly identical once Dueling Blades reaches other platforms.

“Other than minor UI adjustments, the game will offer the same features and functionalities on all devices,” he told Gamezebo. “The game has been designed to have an equal advantage in a cross-platform experience. Players on all platforms of the game will be able to compete with each other. Finally, Android and Apple users will be able to settle their differences in battle!”

Dueling Blades is set to launch on Facebook this March. Stay tuned to Gamezebo for our full interview with Cooper to be published later today, which inclues an in-depth breakdown of the combat in Dueling Blades.