Fae Tactics, An Upcoming Indie Strategy Game, Is Releasing This Month

The Final Fantasy Tactics-like game is trying to make the genre more accessible.

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Fae Tactics, an upcoming tactical strategy game developed by independent studio Endless Fluff, is launching on July 31. The New York-based developer is trying to implement a menu-less experience where the majority of combat happens on screen and not behind a series of text boxes.

Coming to the Humble Store and Steam, Fae Tactics emulates popular games like Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Final Fantasy Tactics. Players take the role of a character named Peony as she "summon[s] allies, cast[s] spells, and befriends a motley crew of characters" according to the game's' Steam page. Players can build their own team of fae, magical beings with elemental powers, and level them up over the course of the game's story.

“Fire Emblem is very simple though, all the info is conveyed by the units type and where they are on the map,” Kyron Ramsey, one half of Endless Fluff, said in an interview with Gamasutra. “But in Tactics you have to scroll through a series of menus to get all that info. Our approach is a combination of both.”

Fae Tactics tries to make turn-based combat as smooth as possible by making enemy types, move-sets, movement, and other gameplay elements easy to understand with distinctive art. Humble Games, which is publishing Fae Tactics, says the story will be over 60 hours long with "tons of side quests" as well.

Fae Tactics will only come to PC in July but will come to the Nintendo Switch at a later date.

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