Azure Saga: Pathfinder, an isometric, JRPG-inspired title from MassHive Media, has officially launched on Steam for $12.99. During the first week of its availability you can pick it up for 25% off for only $9.74 from the Steam store.
Azure Saga: Pathfinder takes place in the far future where humans have settled into colonies across the vast expanse of the universe. The tale is set on the eponymous planet, Azure. Players will take on the role of a young scientist named Synch, as he travels across the galaxy in an attempt to acquire resources to help restore the glory of man and prevent humans from becoming extinct.
Along the way Synch will attempt to discover the whereabouts of his missing father, while also having to fight off various monsters and foes along the way. Players will build up an intrepid party of companions while traveling across hand-painted environments and engaging in turn-based battles themed after traditional JRPGs.
You can see what the gameplay is like with the trailer below.
The game plays out very similar to a lot of old-school isometric JRPGs from the 1990s and early 2000s, with a strong focus on hand-drawn sprites and background artwork.
Players will rely on tactical wits during random combat encounters, along with being able to loot gear and jewels to upgrade their skills and abilities. It’s also possible to unite and combine attacks in order to defeat enemies.
Azure Saga: Pathfinder definitely looks like a long lost RPG from the PSX era, so if you’re into those sort of games it will probably quickly and easily appeal to you. The user reviews also seem quite high up on the game, noting that the difficulty is just right, the boss fights are legit, and the story seems engaging enough.
The team also released nearly $8 worth of DLC during the launch, featuring a High Crusader Costume Pack, a Warring Kingdom Costume Pack, a Wild Steampunk Costume Pack, and a Pool Party Costume Pack.
To their credit, at least the pool party gear actually puts the female characters in bikinis and not burkas, so that’s a step in the right direction.
If you’re interested you can pick up a digital copy of the game right now from the Steam store.