The first thing I did upon hearing about Uncharted: Fight for Fortune was ask my buddy what popped into his mind first when he thought about Uncharted.

This is a surprise to me and you both, but “Turn based card game” wasn’t the first thing he said. For the rest of us, though, it’s no surprise that Uncharted: Fight for Fortune–headed to PS Vita December 4th–is just that.

SCEA Bend’s Technical Director, Chris Reese, explains how it works:

The core gameplay in UNCHARTED: Fight for Fortune involves creating a team of Faction cards featuring heroes, villains, and mercenaries from the UNCHARTED universe, then using that team to defeat your opponent while defending yourself from their attacks.

Each Faction card can be equipped with powerful Resource and valuable Fortune cards, which enhance their stats and give them special abilities. Once you’ve selected and equipped a card, it’s time to head into battle! During combat, attacks either reduce the health of opposing Faction cards or the health of your opponent. Defeating an opposing Faction card removes it from play, while reducing the health of your opponent to zero wins you the game.

The release of Fight for Fortune will coincide with a patch for Uncharted: Golden Abyss, also developed by SCEA Bend (and widely considered one of the best reasons to own a Vita). The patch will allow you to use the artifacts you’ve found in Golden Abyss to augment your battles in Fight for Fortune. Reese hints at DLC for Fight the Fortune as well.

Uncharted: Fight for Fortune will debut at $4.99 for PS Vita on December 4.

Trying to imagine the brainstorming process for something like this leads me to only one conclusion:

“Hey Boss, we want to make a card game, we have a demo worked up for it.”

“No good, it won’t sell.”

“Hey boss, we want to make an UNCHARTED card game!”

“Do it up!”

If you’re bad at card games, but you love Uncharted with the sort of passion that would cause you to buy a thematically misguided downloadable game, maybe you’ll be able to stack your deck with witty comebacks to even out the odds.