Set for release sometime during 2016 for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC, 505 Games and Pipeworks have announced Prominence Poker, a new poker-based role-playing game. The title sees players building up their character, customizing their looks and working their way up the ranks through the underbelly of the local poker scene in a shady town.
The game wasn’t just announced, 505 wanted also gamers to know that a closed beta is taking place on Steam and they’re looking for a few good poker players to make iron out the kinks before the game launches. The sign-ups are open over on the official Prominence website.
As for the game itself, players will build up their avatar, earn some loot, deck out their character with various accessories, items and even original emotes, and then take their character through a tour of the city, from laundromats and bars, to back rooms and local casinos, the game doesn’t glamorize the life of a poker player but instead shows the seedy side of making money in the smokey, underground gambling rings.
But that’s just talking about the atmosphere surrounding Prominence Poker… what about the game itself? Well, the gameplay mechanics weren’t the focus of the press release, but you get an idea of what the game is like with a brief teaser video you can check out below.
One thing they do mention in the press release is that there is an “intricate” bluff-and-tell system so that players will have to look for various gestures from opponents to be able to examine when to make a move, how to make a play, and when to go for card checks.
Additionally, 505 and Pipeworks plan on implementing a fully functional online multiplayer component that’s designed for ranked tournament play, regularly scheduled events and even daily challenges.
As the game progresses and receives updates, they plan on adding in more content and venues for players to visit.
The whole RPG aspect could be what separates Prominence Poker from other poker games out there. I’m not a real poker player and rarely do I have the patience to play effectively, but I like the whole seedy underground element that the game has. It’s a nice characteristic rarely explored in miscellaneous games like this.
Now I’m just wondering when a studio will make a chess game set in the slums of Los Angeles with a redemption story centered around the bitter rivalry between two deadly gangs? They can call it Blood, Crips and Checkmates.
Anyway, if you want to try your hand at Prominence Poker you can sign-up right now for the closed beta over on the official website. You can look for the hardcore poker game to go live later this year for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.