iSpy: Local gaming company delays launch of new system
by Chris Pittman
cpittman@annistonstar.com
Nov 04, 2011 | 5338 views |  0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Fans looking forward to the EVO 2 video game console will have to wait a bit longer. Local gaming company Envizions has announced that the system’s launch has been delayed until next year.

The company has several interesting options in the pipeline to make the wait easier.

Derrick Samuels, CEO/founder of Envizions, noted several reasons for pushing the EVO 2 release to 2012.

“I couldn’t really do what I had visioned for the system with the ‘Internet coming alive’ concept with my current specs,” Samuels wrote in a recent email.

Development of first-party games played a key role in the decision.

“I wasn’t happy with the earlier EVO 2 software,” Samuels said. He adds that a potential “huge partnership deal” wasn’t finalized yet, and he wants this in place before the console launches.

Envizions is starting to ship software development kits to game creators from all over. These developers will be able to use these to create software that fits the custom EVO 2 specifications.

The result is a robust lineup of games when the console hits store shelves.

One of the titles that is planned to launch with the EVO 2 is called “Qquip.”

“Qquip” is an Uno-style playing card game that Samuels created. A physical version will be made available soon.

The goal is to be the first player to complete a phrase. There are 10 phrase cards in each deck with varying word amounts.

When you have a word card in your hand that is part of the phrase, you have a tough decision to make. You can play the card on the table, or hold on to it. Each decision has its own level of strategy.

Action cards are embedded in the deck that can change the game completely in a single turn. These cards can allow the player to pick a played card from an opponent, reverse the order of the game, change the phrase and more. There are 20 action cards in each deck.

“The game is emotional,” Samuels said. “People will get frustrated. I’ve watched people get up and walk out of the room after a key action card has been played.”

The company will release professional decks in the future. They feature more phrases and action cards to add to your deck.

The Qquip card game will be available soon for $4.99 a deck. Price is always subject to change.

Those that prefer digital entertainment can rest easy.

Envizions plans on re-releasing the original EVO Smart Console later in the year.

Samuels explains that the demand for the classic console has not gone away. He plans to work with his hardware partner to create more of the Windows-based version of the system.

“The idea is to release 50 or 100 units in a Groupon-like request,” he said.

If the past year or so is any indication, the total will be easily reached.

The EVO Smart Console would come packaged with a keyboard, mouse and game controller.

Samuels wants to make the deal special by throwing in some extras.

“We are keen on selling these units for $499 with a seven-inch Android tablet and free Qquip cards,” he said.

Now gamers can see the evolution between the first and second consoles.

The wait for the EVO 2 will disappoint some, but the added time should pay off in a big way.

And remember, good things do come to those who wait.
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