Cardfight!! Vanguard has started its new chapter with its 10th Anniversary. Cardfight!! Vanguard Producer, Keita Mori, answers questions from sellers collected by TCGplayer.
Q: Do you believe that these changes will increase the popularity of Cardfight!! Vanguard?
A: Cardfight!! Vanguard is a multi media brand that consists of various projects, with the anime and the card game being the most prominent. We believe that how we cherish both those aspects is what makes us stand out among the many attractive CCGs/TCGs in the world. The new series commemorates the 10th Anniversary of the brand and with that, “Cardfight!! Vanguard overDress” brings with it significant changes to both the anime and card game.
We at Bushiroad consider the quality of “overDress” as a card game anime to be the most positive aspect of the series, so I would like to start by asking everyone to check out the anime! You can watch the first episode on YouTube from here!
I want to avoid giving any spoilers, so I won’t go into the details of the anime here, but we are proud of the wonderful work born from the hands of many creators, including CLAMP, that created the original character designs, Director Mori (Satoshi Mori), Kinema citrus, and many others.
Growing the card game through interest in the anime is an essential part of this project’s ecosystem.
Besides the anime, the card game itself will also have significant changes. We acknowledge that it is in fact a reboot, and it is causing concerns and stress amongst the fans and card game shops who support us, and I would like to apologize for that. Although the card pools for the Clan Fight formats (Premium and V-Premium) will not be as frequently updated, they are definitely not a thing of the past, and we will continue to support them!
For “overDress,” the changes we have made to the game system this time with the card game’s main products are changing it from being based around ‘Clans’ to being based around ‘Nations,’ will allow us to better assure the quality of the game balance and experience.
As TCGs are a type of content whose operation requires ‘sustainable growth,’ this was a model change that would have been required at some point.
We set a special price for the Start Decks to express our appreciation to the fans who supported us for the past ten years, and with the hope that new players will take this opportunity to try out our game. We the staff will work as one to make these changes into a tailwind that grows the project.
Q: With the change from a game with 24 Clans to a game with 5 or 6 Nations, do you envision each Nation having multiple different play styles?
A: Even though the game system has combined the Clans into Nations, you can find vestiges of the previous 24 Clans in the cards from the “Chakrabarthi Divine Era.” Also, you will be able to find new motifs that previously did not exist, as well as designs that look to be transformations of previously known motifs!
This applies not only to the art or illustrations, but also to the flavor of the card game’s mechanics.
Q: How is “overDress” played? What are the major differences?
A: With “overDress,”
- As the game system now includes a ‘Ride Deck,’ the game will play out (almost certainly) according to the ‘Ride Line’ designed by the player (1 card each of Grade: 0, 1, 2, and 3) as the turns progress.
- The 5 main Nations will see cards that strengthen their decks releasing more often, compared to the period where products were based on Clans.
- We reviewed the types of rarities, and have made it easier (compared to the recent V-series) to obtain the powerful cards necessary for decks.
Q: Will you expand on Premium?
A: The new cards that will be added in 2021 are cards with “D” or “V” icons. That also means that as a format, all cards can be played. Meaning G-Era cards can also be used since they are also additions to the Premium card pool.
As the new Nation cards with D icons are different from cards with V icons in that they can be used by multiple associated Clans in the Premium Clan Fight format, we would like to first confirm how these cards will affect the tournament environment. We definitely have our suppositions as to how it will develop, but as history is rife with examples of CCGs/TCGs where users have surpassed the expectations of the developers, we are taking great care to avoid making any forgone conclusions.
In any case, we are considering the addition of new cards that will enhance the G series game experience, such as the addition of new G units. We are also considering the reissue of cards that are hard to obtain, and will proceed with both of these when we see the opportunity to do so.
Q: Will the main sets introduce new keywords beyond what is available in the Start Decks?
A: Please look forward to finding out!
Of course, we do intend to continue adding them.
Q: Will the restriction list for each format be updated with the introduction of D-series?
A: We will continue to maintain the play environment for all formats.
The V-Premium and Premium environment will have a slower pace of new cards being added, so they may not be revised as often as the new Nation fight. However, we will not hesitate to take action should we come across any urgent issues.
Q: Will the overseas market receive the same PR cards that Japan receives? This has been an issue in the V-series leading to entirely different decks being used between the two languages.
A: We have heard about this topic on the gap between the PR cards in Japan and the other countries from fans all over the world. First and foremost, we would like to acknowledge this feedback from fans.
The development in each language is not completely synchronized for various reasons. This is especially true for products that are made in collaboration with others, and there will be cases where the development will differ between languages. There are even cases where cards that don’t exist in the Japanese edition are included in specific language editions as part of the localization.
However, in the case of the English and Japanese editions that have similar development, having PR cards that are essential components of deck construction only be available in the Japanese edition without it being localized in the English edition is not a desirable state of affairs. We will coordinate with the offices in North America and Singapore on measures to remedy this situation.
Please look forward to Cardfight!! Vanguard overDress episodes on YouTube every Friday at 4:30PM (PST) and the upcoming Start Decks on May 14th and the first Booster release on May 21st!
If you’re a store and would like to receive a VGE Demo kit please email Usa_support@bushiroad.com and Bushiroad will send materials directly to your shop!
For the latest information, please check Cardfight!! Vanguard Official Website and Social Media Channels!
Edit: Shane Ghui, Matthew Lee, Richard Phan, Yuki Chen