I was a little sad when Square Enix announced last month that PC players would be missing the first demo for their upcoming strategy game The DioField Chronicle, but luckily the RPG giant has re-examined their tactical options and reportedly released it on Steam. The move coincides with pre-orders also going live, but the good news is that your save data, progress and character levels from the demo will all carry over to the final game if you decide to take the plunge fully when the game comes out on September 22. Huzzah.
I’ll be dipping my toes into this fantastic real-time tactics game to provide some more in-depth impressions very soon, but in the meantime, let’s take a closer look at what you’ll be playing in the demo. Square Enix say it’s meant to ‘set the stage’ for this epic tale of war and honor, letting you play until the end of the game’s first chapter.
In addition to commanding small squads of several different unit types, you’ll also be introduced to his Blue Fox Mercenaries, who look like they’re acting as commander-type characters with big, flashy special abilities. They all have names that look like they were put through the Square Enix synonym machine too, including the likes of Fredret Lester, Andrias Rhondarson, Waltaquin Redditch and Iscarion Colchester, who I’ll no doubt call ‘Balthier’s brother’ , ‘the blonde beauty’, ‘that other blonde from Bravely Default’, and ‘Gladio’s father’ when push comes to shove. Seriously, that’s all I can think of looking at her character art in the trailer up there. If you can come up with some better nicknames, I’m all ears.
However, it’s not just swords and shields and dragon-shaped crossbows you’re dealing with. This is still a fantasy game after all, so that means magic, wizards and big mythical deer beasts with big shiny antlers. And if the logo art is anything to go by, it’ll probably have its fair share of dragons and fairies in the mix somewhere too.
In any case, I’m excited to dive in and give it a try, and if all of that sounds like your cup of tactical tea, you can also grab the demo for The DioField Chronicle right now at Steam. Alternatively, you can wait until it fully launches on September 22nd for £50/€60/$60.
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