Project Triangle Strategy looks like a promising tactics game

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Vandal Hearts was my first foray into turn-based strategy games. From there, I dove into Final Fantasy Tactics. Since then, the genre has been one of my absolute favorites and there’s been no shortage of gems. Now, Square Enix, which has a rich history of tactical RPGs under its belt, is about to bring us a new one!

During this week’s Nintendo Direct, Project Triangle Strategy (a working title) was officially announced. And it’s easily one of my most anticipated Nintendo Switch games.

Project Triangle Strategy actually received quite a bit of attention during the Nintendo Direct, with a reveal trailer alongside a pretty in-depth breakdown of features and mechanics. First, here’s the trailer.

The story of Project Triangle Strategy takes place on the continent of Norzelia, which is comprised of three nations: Glenbrook, Aesfrost, and Hyzante. As the story goes, the continent had limited resources of Salt and Iron, leading to the great Saltiron War. It eventually ended with an uneasy truce but decades later the flames of war are burning once again. And you are caught in the middle of it.

Project Triangle Strategy seems to focus on a trio of characters hailing from Glenbrook that look to save their kingdom from the powers “that would orchestrate their downfall.”

The trailer teases multiple scenarios in which the characters are presented with choices based on convictions such as utility, morality and liberty. The decisions you make will determine how the story unfolds as well as which characters join your cause.

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Battles are set on terrain with different elevations which, of course, have an impact on the combat. In typical tactics gameplay, a character’s attack range is impacted by their location and equipped weapon; it can be extended by attacking from higher ground.

Combat also takes into account character positions, allowing for follow-up attacks from nearby allies if they are flanking an enemy. Mechanics like coordinated attacks allow you to cast an ability to help set up a follow-up attack from your ally.

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I suggest checking out the full presentation in the Nintendo Direct if you want a more in-depth look at Project Triangle Strategy. Or, you can test it out for yourself. A free demo for the game is now available in the Nintendo eShop. Project Triangle Strategy will release for Nintendo Switch in 2022.