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Nintendo Direct Shows Us a Lot of Square Enix


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Today's Nintendo Direct, while maybe a little short notice to fans, obviously had some time to build up industry steam; among the many wild announcements at this evening's Direct were details on four Square Enix games appearing on Switch in the very near future. A couple of the games had been previously announced, but a couple were pretty well out of left field. Here are the details:
  • Actraiser: Renaissance, a detailed remaster of the really unique Super Nintendo game of the early 90's, was both announced and released today. It's got some really crisp and pretty visuals, a remastered soundtrack with new compositions, and some new content too, and it's out for Switch, PlayStation 4, Steam, Android and iOS already.
  • Chocobo GP is a spiritual successor to the PlayStation Chocobo Racing game released over 20 years ago. From watching the trailer, it does look like a less polished version of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, frankly, but it could be pretty entertaining to race in some of the Final Fantasy-themed courses they might come up with, and it looks like the gameplay modes could add some diversity too. And it has Gilgamesh! It's coming for Switch sometime in 2022.
  • Also coming in 2022, March 4 to be precise, is Triangle Strategy - it's no longer a "Project" but I guess a snappier name never really came to mind. Based on the demo from ages ago, this one could really be the successor to the original Final Fantasy Tactics that people have been waiting for, and not only that, Squenix have outlined some of the updates being made based on demo feedback and I think they're hitting the right ideas.
  • Finally, an RPG from Yoko Taro that was first announced a couple weeks ago - Voice of Cards. Subtitled "The Isle Dragon Roars," this is a really unique looking game that plays as a combination of console and tabletop RPG, with the entire game laid out as playing cards and combat happening in a hybrid tabletop CCG/turn-based JRPG sort of format. The writing even appears to take some tone from the idea of a Dungeon Master providing exposition to a party at a D&D session. It's coming out at the end of October.
To me, this looks like a really diverse set of games coming up for Switch players to experience, and even if they don't all end up amazing, it's refreshing to see some of these shots being taken.

Source: Gematsu, IGN

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KaneComment 1: 2021-10-04 14:30
Kane I popped over here as soon as I found out about Triangle Strategy, and I'm desperately hoping it IS the FFT successor we've been waiting for. *crosses fingers*
Rangers51Comment 2: 2021-10-04 15:32
Rangers51
Quote (Kane @ 4th October 2021 08:30)
I popped over here as soon as I found out about Triangle Strategy, and I'm desperately hoping it IS the FFT successor we've been waiting for. *crosses fingers*

Did you play the demo yet? It really feels a lot like it, but I'm still genuinely not sure if it's going to grab me. I never did finish the demo, though.
KaneComment 3: 2021-10-05 02:09
Kane
Quote (Rangers51 @ 4th October 2021 07:32)
Did you play the demo yet? It really feels a lot like it, but I'm still genuinely not sure if it's going to grab me. I never did finish the demo, though.

I literally discovered the game yesterday, so nope, but I'm definitely gonna have to check it out. ASAP.

EDIT: Update, I've finished the demo, and although the combat took some getting used to, and isn't exactly what I was hoping for (I would love to be able to Move, Act, and finish a Move, for instance), it's got a couple gems in there. The TP resource seems rather elegant, and the abilities we see in the demo work quite well (Wall of Ice, for instance). The story, on the other hand--uh, well, I'm hoping they come up with a little less cartoonish villain if they want us to really test our convictions. (It does seem like the surrounding cast of characters will be more fleshed out, but there has to be some way to get that breadth and depth with a more fleshed out antagonist.)
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