While Dragon's Prophet is all about dragons, the large lizards are not the only feature it has going for it. One of the cool things that WarCry writer Jon Prosperi noted when he took a tour of Dragon's Prophet was how skill-based the combat was. Carson said that's no accident and the combo system for each class takes a bit of getting used to. "The combos default are set on the left and right mouse key so when you're starting as a new character you have about six basic abilities that you can use and as you level up you get more abilities, you can eventually open up your skill tree and pick different skills when you find dragons you can get additional skills," he explained.
"If you left click twice and then right click, you actually see when you left clicked your icon changes and you unlock a different ability. You left click three times and you get yet a different ability. So each combo is a series of attacks, basically left click, left click, left click shoots out three different attacks but then unlocks the 'combo'd' ability with the right click. It does more damage, it can affect more NPCs but you can't get interrupted while doing it or you'll lose that combo," Carson said.
For a free to play game like Dragon's Prophet, it's important the combat is actually fun and doesn't feel like a grind of endless auto-attacks like older MMOs relied upon. "Auto-attack was the old school," he said. "'I only want to use one hand while I'm playing the game.' In contrast, the combat of Dragon's Prophet is really like that console feel where you're using both joysticks and all your other keys, your X Circle Triangle key, etc. It's just feels more engaging and more fun and that's certainly what Dragon's Prophet does with the combos."
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.
I was excited to take a spin riding a dragon through the air or on the waves before I got a chance to speak with Todd Carson, but now that I learned about everything he was working on, I'm even more pumped. Dragon's Prophet's open beta began this week, but there's no word on when the game will officially release. We're currently running a promotion on WarCry to grab a beta key for Dragon's Prophet, so if you like what you've heard about the game so far, pop over to give the dragons a test drive yourself.