Three Kingdoms hanging on to a fragile peace. An invading power tosses a match into the political tinderbox. Right away, the pale, flickering stop fireplace turns into an inferno of warfare and aggression. That is what gamers of the just lately launched Undertaking Triangle Technique demo are in for.
Included as a part of the February 17th Nintendo Direct, Undertaking Triangle Technique appeared out of nowhere from Sq. Enix. Described because the “newest within the HD-2D sequence,” Triangle Technique comes from the Octopath Traveler lineage using the spectacular artwork fashion present in that title to make isometric, diorama-like areas for gamers to discover. The sport has already been in comparison with Ultimate Fantasy Ways (rightfully so), and whereas it’s nonetheless a 12 months away from launch, the demo affords quite a lot of data as to what the completed product will possible resemble.
The three nations that make up the continent of Norzelia — Glenbrook, Aesfrost, and Hyzante — have struggled to search out stability over the ages. Every nation controls a worthwhile useful resource within the area, and there’s frequent battle over which nation is a very powerful. That is the stuff of many a fantasy novel, or various Hearth Emblem video games. Whereas it might appear a bit drained, some of these conflicts are employed actually because they’re an efficient narrative trope. After an occasion referred to as “The Saltiron Battle” that had the three nations at one another’s throats, there was a shaky declaration of peace.
The demo drops gamers into Chapter 6, “Keep in mind Me,” and is ready throughout a tense second within the Kingdom of Glenbrook’s Whiteholm Fortress. A word earlier than beginning the demo warns gamers that they’re leaping into the center of sport, and as such there are loads of transferring elements already set in movement. Regardless of this, the narrative is straightforward to comply with, and properly units the tone Triangle Technique is making an attempt to ascertain. Gamers will even sort out Chapter 7, “Pressured Fingers, Fractured Bonds,” which offers with the fallout of Chapter 6 and is ready within the area of Home Wolffort, the Home of the protagonist Serenoa.
Most stunning about this new Technique RPG is how intently the battle system resembles that of Ultimate Fantasy Ways. Followers have been asking for a brand new Ultimate Fantasy Ways sport, and Triangle Technique appears to be filling that function. Little particulars will be present in Triangle Technique which are nods to Ultimate Fantasy Ways, such because the cursor for choosing a personality in battle being a sword, and the way in which the digicam zooms in when a particular assault or spell is forged.
With regards to motion across the battle map, Triangle Technique employs a grid to point out gamers how far a personality can transfer. That is fairly frequent for an SRPG, however the look of the grid has a Ultimate Fantasy Ways aesthetic to it. Elevation and terrain kind look to play an necessary half within the sport as nicely, very similar to they did in Ultimate Fantasy Ways.
Within the demo, gamers get an opportunity to experiment with freezing the bottom, doing so causes a 30% lower in characters’ capability to dodge and a 30% decrease likelihood of connecting with an assault. There’s additionally a motion penalty incurred when transferring throughout the frozen terrain. It’s possible there can be a variety of terrain situations gamers will encounter or be capable to trigger.
Sharing in frequent another factor of Ultimate Fantasy Ways‘ battle system, Triangle Technique employs a turn-based system, with flip order seen throughout the underside of the display. In Ultimate Fantasy Ways, the flip order was tucked right into a menu however might be accessed to plan appropriately, and Triangle Technique is doing the identical right here. The visible of the flip order resembles that of Ultimate Fantasy 10‘s glorious battle system.
One change in Triangle Technique is how particular assaults and magic are used. Gone is MP and as a substitute is TP, which builds because the combat goes on. Just like Octopath Traveler‘s increase system, some extent of TP is gained every flip for a personality and will be saved, and with sufficient TP, the character can carry out extra highly effective assaults and spells.
“Those that worth virtuous morality… Those that respect the freedom of all… Those that pursue pragmatic utility.” These are the three quotes featured within the reveal trailer that look to loom giant over Triangle Technique. Touted as a serious part of Triangle Technique, selections made at key narrative moments may have a ripple impact by way of the sport. That is one thing loads of video games like to advertise as a characteristic. A altering narrative impacted by participant selections. The Strolling Lifeless video games did this to nice impact, whereas extra just lately Cyberpunk 2077 had gamers making selections that impacted the sport much less.
In Triangle Technique, gamers take management of Serenoa in “Exploration” segments, sandwiched between story moments and battles. Throughout these, the participant can converse to characters trying to their chief for recommendation. The participant is introduced with three responses to select from, which have an effect on Serenoa’s “Conviction.” The sport explains Conviction as a type of popularity system, whereby different characters could be a part of Serenoa’s trigger based mostly on the place his convictions lie.
In Chapter 7, gamers get the chance to utilize the “Scales of Conviction” to achieve a gaggle consensus on a plan of action. That is the place the most important modifications to the narrative might be felt in Triangle Technique. A choice needs to be made, and the members of the celebration all vote. The participant learns which means celebration members are leaning, however can persuade them to alter vote if the participant presents them with key data, gathered in an Exploration phase. The narrative swings might be enormous, and will make Triangle Technique an ideal sport the place selections matter. Or it may give the phantasm of alternative, although it stays to be seen how efficient this mechanic can be.
One factor followers have requested about is whether or not there is an FF Ways-style job system to talk of. The demo reveals every character as having a “job” because it have been, however there isn’t any indication that this may be modified, nor are there “Job Factors” like there have been in Ultimate Fantasy Ways. All that may be discovered is a collective “Kudos Factors” system, earned by performing particular actions in battle, that can be utilized so as to add new skills to a personality. Different options of the Kudos system have but to be revealed, so it might be expanded upon to incorporate one thing nearer to job factors afterward.
Lastly, upon finishing the demo, gamers are given a take a look at some key workers members engaged on Triangle Technique. The sport’s idea and manufacturing is helmed by Tomoya Asano, who labored on Bravely Default and Octopath Traveler. He additionally has a undertaking administration credit score on Ultimate Fantasy Ways: Battle of the Lions, so there’s some connection there.
As well as, the studio dealing with growth, Artdink, has a working relationship with Sq. Enix, having labored on the PlayStation ports for the Ways Ogre sequence (the precursor to Ultimate Fantasy Ways). Artdink’s most up-to-date undertaking, a remake of the Sega Genesis platformer Surprise Boy: Asha in Monster World, is a really totally different sport, however reveals the studio’s capability to look again at what made a sport from the previous nice and replace it for contemporary audiences.
After Octopath Traveler delivered an spectacular soundtrack, followers are hoping for extra of the identical, and in that respect the sport ought to ship with Akira Senju listed because the composer. Senju is greatest recognized for his work on the glorious anime Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood. He was in a position to seize the action-packed combat sequences, in addition to the tender, emotional moments of the Elric brothers journey with various standout items.
Triangle Technique‘s demo provides followers a superb take a look at what’s to come back from the Octopath division at Sq. Enix. The DNA of Ultimate Fantasy Ways runs by way of Triangle Technique, because it appears to take up the mantle as a non secular successor to the franchise.
Undertaking Triangle Technique is scheduled for a 2022 launch on Nintendo Swap.