Publisher Square Enix and developer Lancarse have confirmed a September 22, 2022 release date for real-time-with-pause tactical RPG The DioField Chronicle on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S, and PC via Steam. Additionally, The DioField Chronicle will receive a demo on all consoles (not PC) on August 10, and save data from the demo will transfer over to the final game. Demos with transferable save data have become a popular and welcome tactic among Square Enix releases.
A demo should be particularly useful for a distinct release like The DioField Chronicle, which uses a new “Real Time Tactical Battle” system. This isn’t Triangle Strategy or Tactics Ogre with rigid turns and a grid. This is everyone brawling it out simultaneously according to the instructions you have provided.
The premise of the game is that the Kingdom of Alletain on DioField Island has been safe from an ongoing war between the Empire and the Alliance (very Star Wars-sounding) — but not anymore. Both sides of the war are interested in Alletain’s valuable natural resources, so the Blue Fox Mercenaries rise up to maintain stability. Andrias is the leader and is familiar with “Ancient Sorcery,” and he is accompanied by Frederet, Iscarion, and Waltaquin, who each have their own combat specialties.
Lancarse has previously worked on games like Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey and Monark, while Square Enix has a frankly extraordinary amount of games in the pipeline, with Live A Live, Valkyrie Elysium, Nier: Automata for Switch, Harvestella, and Star Ocean: The Divine Force all slated to launch in 2022. Many more are coming this winter and beyond, like Romancing SaGa -Minstrel Song- Remastered, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion, Forspoken, Final Fantasy XVI, Dragon Quest Treasures, Dragon Quest III HD-2D Remake, Dragon Quest XII, and Kingdom Hearts IV.
But if you like real-time strategy, carve out some time for the August demo of The DioField Chronicle on consoles.