Irrational co-founder forms Blue Manchu, reveals Card Hunter

Irrational co-founder Jon Chey has formed a new studio, Blue Manchu, focused on more niche games. The studio's first project is Card Hunter, a microtransation-fueled, Flash-based browser game. It will initially launch on PCs, but is also planned for iOS.

"The best way to describe it is, imagine I take an MMO, and every time you fight a monster, instead of playing a timer game with with pull downs and buttons that you click, you're playing a turn-based strategy game," Chey explained to Gamasutra in an extensive interview. "You have little pieces on a board, and you play cards to move those pieces around, and that's the battle you fight."

Magic: The Gathering creator Richard Garfield is contributing to the game's design. Chey says Blue Manchu, which is entirely self-funded, allows the opportunity to "make some games that probably wouldn't get made otherwise." Chey expects Card Hunter to be out sometime in the next six months.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.