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This Way Madness Lies Lands Next Month, a Sailor Moon-ish RPG from Cosmic Star Heroine Dev

This Way Madness Lies release date trailer Sailor Moon magical girl Shakespeare RPG November 10, 2022

Zeboyd Games has revealed the first official trailer for This Way Madness Lies, a turn-based RPG featuring Sailor Moon-ish magical girls, and it has a release date of November 10, 2022 on PC via Steam. It will retail for $9.99, and it will be a smaller, more bite-sized game than Zeboyd’s previous RPG, Cosmic Star Heroine. The developers estimate it will clock in at 4-to-5 hours depending on difficulty and play style.

This Way Madness Lies takes place in Verona, Italy, where protagonist Imogen leads the Stratford-Upon-Avon High Drama Society. Her school group helps produce community plays — and fight monsters from alternate dimensions based on Shakespeare plays for some reason. It’s probably best not to think too hard about that. In any case, here are some partially tongue-in-cheek features to expect from This Way Madness Lies ahead of its November release date:

  • Unique, turn-based combat!
  • Hang out with your friends!
  • Put on plays!
  • Shakespearean dialogue too difficult to parse? No problem with our unique Ye Olde English to New English translator! 110% accurate!
  • Multi-character unite abilities!
  • Teaches you while you learn!
  • Get a pet!
  • Pacing that doesn’t waste your time!
  • Fun for the whole family!

Personally, I’m not expecting an extravaganza of a story, as the narrative was definitely the weakest point of the otherwise stellar Cosmic Star Heroine, but it’s extremely likely Sailor Moon fans will have a fun weekend munching through this unique RPG next month.

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Former Managing Editor at The Escapist. I have been writing about video games since 2018 and editing writing on IT, project management, and video games for around a decade. I have an English degree, but Google was a more valuable learning resource. I taught English in South Korea for a year in 2018, and it was exponentially more fun than living in Pennsylvania. My major passions in life are SNES, Japanese RPGs, Berserk, and K-pop. I'm currently developing the game Boss Saga with my brother, which is guaranteed to change your life and you should buy it.