Square-Enix has been treating Switch owners pretty well for a few years now. A slate of RPGs has made their way to the platform, both classic and brand-new. There’s even a number of console exclusives from the company, like Octopath Traveler and Bravely Default II. Nintendo and Square-Enix clearly have a good relationship, and the two are furthering that with yet another role-playing experience heading the Switch’s way.
Revealed during the most recent Nintendo Direct, Project Triangle Strategy is the latest effort from Square-Enix to marry classic RPG gameplay and visuals with modern sensibilities and genre advancements. The game’s reveal trailer showcased yet another eye-catching approach from Square-Enix, mixing old-school sprites with a 3D perspective, along with some gorgeous special effects.
The new twist on gaming nostalgia doesn’t stop with visuals, though. Final Fantasy Tactics fans were quick to notice some similarities between the PS1 classic and Square-Enix’s latest effort, which point to a strategy RPG with some deep mechanics at play. Every single move on the grid-based maps can be your key to victory, or lock in a devastating defeat. For all intents and purposes, at least when it comes to core gameplay mechanics, Project Triangle Strategy could end up being the Final Fantasy Tactics spiritual successor that fans have spent decades hoping for now.
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Project Triangle Strategy isn’t all about rehashing retro gaming’s finest moments, though. The game is certainly forging ahead with some unique ideas of its own as well. In what could end up being the most compelling part of the experience, Project Triangle Strategy puts you right in the middle of some extremely important decisions. Not everything can be solved on the battlefield, which results in gameplay being pushed into a more courtroom-like setting. Like it or not, you’re going to have to pick sides, and the choices you make will send ripples throughout your experience.
The tough positions you’re put in aren’t going to have a simple solution. How you handle tense situations will play into the game’s Utility, Morality, and Liberty convictions, which are all part of the main character’s worldview. You’ll receive input from allies and enemies alike, all of them aiming to sway you towards their preferred outcome. When everyone has presented their evidence and stated their case, it’s up to you to cast the final vote. Who will you side with, and what impact will it have? Your choices affect the entire continent as well as friends and foes alike and could bring peace to a hostile environment, or be the final straw that pushes adversaries into all-out war.
Project Triangle Strategy looks to be yet another amazing Square-Enix RPG that blends something old with something new. The best part is, you can experience a taste of what’s in store right now. Square-Enix and Nintendo released a demo for Project Triangle Strategy on the Switch eShop, so you can get acquainted with the battle mechanics and political intrigue for yourself. The time you spend with the demo really matters, too. Square-Enix is running a survey asking for player feedback on the demo, which means your opinion can help influence the final game. We’ve seen this before with both Octopath Traveler and Bravely Default II, as player surveys were used to directly improve each title before launch. Help make Project Triangle Strategy the best game it can be by grabbing the demo today!
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