Voice of Cards Creative director Yoko Taro said the game was initially billed as a mobile social game. He revealed it during Square Enix Voice of Cards panel at the Tokyo Game Show 2021. However, executive producer Yosuke Saito subsequently convinced Yoko to release the game as a mainstream title. Saito cited the time commitments required to develop social games.
Yoko Taro introduced the game as a mobile title due to the greater hurdles associated with launching and developing mainstream games. Instead, he intended to work on Voice of Cards as a “smaller and more compact mobile game”. He presented the title with character creator Kimihiko Fujisaka.
After receiving the pitch, Yosuke Saito asked to change the game to a cross-platform mainstream title, because modern social games “wouldn’t be compact.” Additionally, Saito worried that Yoko might not be able to handle his job due to the number of social games he was already managing. One of those, NieR Ré[in]eyelet, recently launched globally. Narrator Hiroki Yasumoto added that the release Voice of Cards as a one-time purchase also benefits the team. This approach made the game relatively more specialized and refined, Yasumoto said.
Additionally, Square Enix featured gameplay footage from Voice of Cards. It also showed physical editions of the game. This includes bonus metal cards currently. available for pre-order at the Square Enix online store.
Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars will be released on PC, Nintendo Switch and PS4 on October 28, 2021. A demo is now available.