A brand new narrative sci-fi journey RPG known as Sky of Tides will launch later this 12 months, having gamers discover a world known as Numen the place a looming conflict threatens to upend protagonist Rin’s life. It is an atmospheric, isometric viewpoint world that appears to depend on each the tropes of basic isometric RPGs and the language of branching visible novels.
To me, although, Sky of Tides seems a bit like a visible novel received actual excessive on Disco Elysium. Which is fairly welcome—I am concerned about seeing if the gameplay formulation pioneered by Disco Elysium carries one thing attention-grabbing ahead when divorced from its wildly authentic setting.
You will play as Rin D’Lorah, the daughter of a lacking researcher who discovers a conspiracy. She’ll then go on an aventure to seek out her father and meet every kind of bizarre folks throughout the damaged planetoids that have been as soon as the world Numen. It is greater than something a story recreation, an journey, however Rin’s statistics, the trail of the story, and the world round her are affected by your dialogue selections.
Most attention-grabbing to me are the RPG mechanics concerned, which appear akin to one thing between skill-use RPGs with that sprint of Disco Elysium: “Dialogue selections you make replicate in your Character Stats which go in the direction of unlocking additional dialogue choices and distinctive customization objects. Enhance your intelligence, humor, braveness, compassion, and luck, however be cautious of what you say, the folks you meet alongside the best way aren’t afraid to speak again,” say the devs.
Lofty Sky Leisure beforehand labored on a hybrid motion recreation and comedian known as Shuyan Saga (opens in new tab), the place 3D fighter scenes have been interspersed with storytelling in comedian panels. I by no means noticed it on launch in 2017, but it surely was fairly well-received by those that performed it.
You could find Sky of Tides on Steam (opens in new tab), the place it’s going to launch later this 12 months.