First Look: Chevalier Saga Tactics
Imageepoch and NHN share details on their free-to-play strategy RPG.
Imageepoch's JRPG press conference last week gave us a teaser look at the new publisher's strategy RPG Chevalier Saga Tactics, which is being developed in conjunction with Han Games portal operator NHN Japan. Today, we got a closer look from NHN as the game's official site went live.
Chevalier Saga Tactics is set on Brigadule Island, situated far to the North West of the main content. This island was peacefully maintained as part of an alliance of three kingdoms, Rana, Lutanian and Suncrest. However, the peace comes to an end as Duke Bastania of Lutania begins an invasion of Rana. Bastania quickly takes control of Rana's land and forms the Principality of Bastania there. It is believed that King Renus of Rana and the entire Rana royal family are executed.
Fourteen years later, word spreads throughout the land that Prince Leurs of the Rana family had actually managed to escape to Suncrest where he was raised by King Elio as a son. The knights of Rana begin to gather at the side of Prince Leurs, who has been given an army by King Elio for the purpose of reforming the Kingdom of Rana.
The core gameplay in Chevalier Saga Tactics is like a turn-based strategy RPG. Units can be customized in 10 areas and equipped with skills. Your strategic options are affected by field height differences. For beginner players, the game will offer a "half auto" feature.
One unique feature of the strategic battles is the game's castle storming system. You'll need to storm powerful castles using ladders, catapults and other devices.
Outside of the "strategy RPG" mode, where you command individual troops, the game also has a "large scale battle mode." In this mode, you control large armies on the scale of hundreds of troops. Working with other players, you'll need to take back your kingdom. The two modes are linked together via the "Character Link System," a system for transferring troops.
Your warriors take on a variety of jobs, including: Fighter, Knight, Wizard, Mage, Sorcerer, Ranger, Rogue, Acolyte, Assassin, Enchanter, Cleric and Berserker. You can see character artwork for these types here.
The PC version of Chevalier Saga Tactics is scheduled to begin official service in August 2011. This will be preceded by a closed beta in March and an open beta in May. The game's business model will be item based, meaning basic play will be free.
The game is also due for release on PS3 and Smartphones. In its announcement today, NHN said that sales of the PS3 version will be handled by Imageepoch. A small Famitsu preview last week listed the PS3 game as a PSN title with no mention of it being a browser game. Imageepoch has yet to specify what form the PS3 version will take.
NHN released an official version of the promotional video that was shared at last week's press conference. You can view that at the site's movie section, or below: