The whole system encourages you to capture a menagerie of dragons with different skills and unique stats. "You can have one dragon summoned at all times and six in your inventory," Carson said. "There are certain areas in Dragon's Prophet where you'll see dragons roaming around, mostly of the same species. When you find one of those dragons, each dragon is actually an individual so while there's over a hundred different species of dragons that can be captured by the player, each dragon is an individual and what I mean by that is if I go and capture one it will have within a range a limited number of abilities, it'll have different damage that it can do, hit points, intelligence score.
"Each dragon will be a little bit different," he continued. "Dragons will have three different types of skills: They'll have skills that you can use as a player, capturing this dragon offers you a skill that you can't get otherwise and you can only get it when you have that dragon in your inventory. It'll have skills that the dragon itself uses when it's summoned as basically your pet to help fight things. And then they also have skills that help them when you're back at the dragon lair harvesting resources, training themselves up things like that, so passive skills." All those different skills and stats incentivize players to continue to collect new dragons to gain access to as many skills as possible. Not only that, but you can also train dragons to spread the skills around.
"You can take two dragons and make an attempt to transfer a cool skill from one dragon to the other," Carson said. "The idea there is, 'Hey I've got this one dragon I really like but this dragon has ten ability slots open, and I've only got three abilities on him and I've found this other dragon that I don't really care for but he's got this awesome heal ability.' You try and transfer the skill by having the one dragon teach the other dragon that heal ability. That way you can customize your dragon to what you want it to be."
This action fantasy title has you, as a human hero, fighting alongside dragons. The most recent battle against evil ended in victory, but evil's a sneaky so-and-so, and the world's in peril again. Have you got what it takes to become the next Dragon Prophet?
This is a free-to-play, with microtransactions. Though there isn't a subscription system per se, during closed beta the developer is selling what's called a Dragon Pack. There are three different kinds of Packs, each with its own dragon, title and gear; it's basically a VIP system in all but name. Cost of these packs ranges from $19,99 to $89.99, depending on how fancy you care to get. Purchase of a Pack gets you into the beta.
Sadly, there's no way yet to breed dragons to try to create a master dragon race, but Carson noted it's something he's discussed with the developers. Dragon's Prophet is still in beta, obviously, so it's possible we may see more features added such as dragon mating, achievements, and a dragon journal to keep track of when and where you encountered dragon species in the wilds of Auretia. "We're working with Runewaker on developing a collection book which can track all the dragons that are available and here's what I've gotten so far, and so on," Carson said. "That's a feature that's not in our beta right now but it's certainly something we'd like to have."