Sq. Enix is leaning on the creator of the Lively Time Battle (ATB) system from Ultimate Fantasy to create a brand new, distinctive RPG expertise set to come back out in two weeks. Hiroyuki Ito, identified for ATB and directing Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age, leads this minimalist dungeon crawler known as Dungeon Encounters.

Dungeon Encounters duties gamers to discover grid-based labyrinths the place, alongside the way in which, you’ll discover allies, combat monsters, and earn talents. Traversing these barren maps look to be an enormous a part of Dungeon Encounters. Every sq. you progress is counted, with complete map completions rewarding potential factors. Skills can strategically shift enemy or participant placements within the dungeon to dodge a battle or journey to a hard-to-reach phase of the gameboard.

Fight performs out with, you guessed it, the Lively Time Battle system. Adventuring within the mazes, you’ll come throughout a wide range of characters so as to add to your get together. The trailer above exhibits off a ton of potential buddies take alongside grid spelunking. These get together members aren’t unique to humanoid adventurers but in addition embrace a sword-wielding canine, a panther, and my favourite up to now, a sizeable Totoro-like character named Sir Cat.

We don’t have to attend lengthy to delve deep down into Dungeon Encounters. It’s releasing on PlayStation 4, Swap, and Steam on October 14.


The latest development of exploring RPG techniques in minimalistic visible areas is intriguing, although not totally new. Final week noticed the announcement of Voice of Cards: The Dragon Isle Roars, a recreation in an analogous vein counting on a card aesthetic as an alternative of sprites or 3D fashions for its characters. I’m all for it so long as the techniques to play with are enjoyable. What do you consider Dungeon Encounters and its stripped-down look? Tell us within the feedback!


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