Parallel digital trading card game debuts on Epic Games Store

Parallel Studios is launching its digital trading card game Parallel on the Epic Games Store today.

With a team hailing from the likes of Blizzard, Epic Games, Ubisoft, Riot Games, and Xbox Game Studios, Parallel wants to make waves in the card gaming world.

Parallel is a free-to-play digital trading card game built in a sci-fi universe. Collect cards, build decks, and battle your peers in a strategic battle for control of Earth. You can combine cards from one of the five factions and the universal pool to create a 40-card deck.

It is a game set on Earth, 10,000 years in the future. Five parallel evolutions of humanity fight for control of the planet they once called home.

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There are several points that separate Parallel from other TCGs in the space (ex. Magic the Gathering, Hearthstone, etc). It is a free to play title where players can play and earn cards. Parallel compensates players who play for free by automatically entering them into weekly and monthly giveaways every season.

This is on top of rewards players can get through in-game tournaments, battle pass, referring friends and winning ranked matches.

Players strategically choose which cards to bank each turn, gaining energy that allows them to play units, relics, effects and upgrades. Players will find that choosing what card to bank and what card to play is critical, as the right combination can create a powerful winning strategy.

Paragons and factions

Parallel has five factions.
Parallel has five factions.

Parallel has 5 unique factions with 15 game changing leaders (Paragons) each with their own active/passive abilities helping players craft a unique play style.

You can play at your pace. Parallel has different game modes for all types of players. Beginners and casual players can enjoy modes like unranked, AI and rookie. Competitive players can participate in the Ranked Ladder and Tournament Modes to earn exclusive rewards and prizes.

Founded in 2021, Parallel has already seen quite a bit of success. Despite its TCG being in open beta, the game has already won several game of the year awards. The studio recently announced a prize pool of $500,000 for its 2024 competitive scene.

Along with that, several professional players and prominent creators who played Hearthstone have joined Parallel’s ambassador program, priming the game to be the next big TCG. Finally, the studio has announced that an expansion set called Planetfall will be playable in the game’s next major update. This will add over 100 new cards to the game and the studio plans to launch more expansion sets in the future.

“Parallel going live on Epic opens us up to millions more players worldwide. This expansion into Epic comes alongside the kickoff of our global competitive series, the Parallel League, which has over $500,000 in prizes in its first year,” said Franklin Fitch, head of partnerships at Parallel Studios, in a statement. “But we don’t plan to stop there. As we roll out more ways to access and play Parallel we also plan to scale our competitive prize pool into millions of dollars next year.”

“Our journey has been nothing short of extraordinary, and being on Epic marks a significant milestone in our global expansion strategy,” said Sascha M, CEO of Parallel, in a statement.