How do you make sure that the new abilities introduced in expansions won't harm the balance of the game?
When people found out that it was possible to copy EoJ cards, there was a bit of an uproar. Have you seen any actual problems in regards to card 'piracy' with the online community?
Yes, initially there was an uproar, but from what we've seen and read on our forums, the player community is supportive on using real cards – and in the end, it's the players skill in deck building and playing we watch, not the cards.
We first confirm the concept of a new set, and then design the abilities on top of that. We then create decks with all cards and spend a long time just playing out the game, which helps us to balance each ability and compatibility with other cards. During this stage, we have been fortunate to gain input and insight from our partners, Hasbro Games and Wizards of the Coast, and we believe that it added another dimension and depth to the framework we already had.
How will the software side of the expansion be handled? Is it a download via PSN? Free "patch" style update? Retail disc? Also, if the software update is not free, do you have an estimate for about how much it will cost?
The Set 2 data will be a purchased download on the PSN and players will have to buy cards separately at select retail outlets. Regarding the download, each region will have different pricing based on their market – a US announcement should be made soon. There will be a patch for people who don't buy Set 2 so they can still play against Set 2 owners. Unfortunately, there are no retail disc plans for Set 2, yet. Any plans for official Sony-sanctioned tournaments of some kind? Tournament play is a huge part of many CCGs, and would definitely be welcomed by the EoJ fanset.
We're working to get more community oriented efforts in place, both on the internet and in-game. You should hear more announcements in the near future. Will the upcoming expansion add any kind of single-player storyline (sort of like Puzzle Quest)? The story booklets included with the pre-made decks show that there is an expansive story built into the mythos of the EoJ universe, but it's a shame that is never showcased by the game itself.
Unfortunately, a "campaign" mode will not be added to SET2. Although as a development team, we really would like to implement the campaign mode based on the vast world of The Eye of Judgment
that we've created, but our priority is to create a TCG game that will become recognized and approved by our players. Will there ever be cards based on other Sony-owned and/or third party video game franchises? Nothing would make us happier than Nariko cutting into some Twin Goblins.
Unfortunately, we don't have any plans for this, but as CyberCode is a very versatile technology, we'd definitely be interested in developing something that incorporate other characters. Will you be working on any other titles that utilize the PS Eye in a special way?
Our team is only developing The Eye of Judgment
at the moment, though other teams within the Worldwide Studios continues to study and develop new possibilities for the PS Eye.