Nintendo and Square Enix have announced Project Triangle Strategy, a new game for Nintendo Switch making use of Octopath Traveler’s HD-2D visual styling. The game will be out in 2022, but you can try it out now with a Debut Demo available to download for free from the Nintendo eShop.
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The game is clearly a successor in many ways to the excellent RPG Octopath Traveler, but the actual gameplay has much more in common with the tactical RPG battling of the Fire Emblem series, right down to the titular triangle of strenght and weaknesses alluded to in the game’s title.
Of course, Square Enix have their own rich legacy to honour in the tactical RPG genre, with the iconic Final Fantasy Tactics games, the first of which came to the PS1, with sequels and successors for Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS and iOS. After paying homage to some of their classic turn-based RPG in Octopath Traveller, it seems as though Project Triangle Strategy will make good use of their almost unique graphics engine and visual style while evoking the spirit of another fan favourite game and genre. As alluded to by the working title, there’s elemental strengths and weaknesses to factor into, using fire to melt ice and then lightning to electrocute it and catch enemies in your trap, as one example.
Project Triangle Strategy promises to have deep and meaningful RPG story that’s full of choices and shifting consequences through a branching narrative. You play as Serenoa, heir of House Wolffort, and command a group of warriors through a tangled plot, leaning on your convictions of Utility, Morality and Liberty. It’s not just you that shapes the story at key points, but other characters as well who will cast votes on the Scales of Conviction, determining the fate of the continent of Norzelia.
Octopath Traveler was a fascinating RPG experiment when it launched for Nintendo Switch in 2018, and enough of a success at the time that Square Enix told us to expect similar games to follow. In our Octopath Traveller review, I wrote:
Octopath Traveler is a wonderful collection of adventures and stories, but the quirk of storytelling that lends it its name is both its greatest strength and weakness. While the turn-based combat and ‘breaking’ enemies makes practically every battle engaging, the eight tales this game tells don’t really feel like they need to be told together. It’s a little unbalanced because of this, but this remains a charming, beguiling JRPG.