Happinet and Matrix Software’s Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia is gearing up for release on June 25th this summer on the Nintendo Switch, but ahead of the game’s release there’s a demo that you can get your hands on for free from over on the Nintendo eShop right now.
The demo features two different game modes to select from, including the training mode so you can get an idea of how to play the game and a general idea of how the mechanics work, troop movement, and making use of the Rune Knights in battle, as well as the trial mode, where you play as a Brigandine of Justice and engage in some combat scenarios in easy mode while fighting on behalf of the Norzaleo Kingdom. You can check out the demo trailer below, which gives you the briefest snippet of what the gameplay is like for the tactical strategy game.
The demo trailer really doesn’t do much to convey or explain what Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia is about.
It’s basically about six countries in Runersia all vying to control the land using Rune Knights, made of mana from the gods.
The Rune Knights have the special ability to summon ancient monsters and cast powerful magic. Players have the ability to take on the role of one of the six kingdoms as they attempt a trek of conquest across the land, battling all who stand in their way.
There’s a 4x element to the game, but ultimately it plays out like many other SRPGs where you equip your units, manage your armies, and then attempt to conquer each territory until you unite the land under one banner. Gameplay is very similar to a mix of Nobunaga’s Ambition fused with Bahamut Lagoon.
There’s an overview trailer from back in February that gives you a better idea of what the gameplay is like.
The tactical turn-based battles are a throwback to the golden age of gaming when skill was the order of the day and you didn’t have ridiculously casualized attempts at simplifying complex mechanics the way many companies have done nowadays with either new IP or butchered remakes of classic titles from the yesteryears of gaming.
To top it all off, Happinet has a niche cache of beautifully hand-drawn art for the character interactions and cinematics to help kindle the fire of nostalgia for the long lost art of traditional game making.
You can get a good feel for what the game is like with a 50 minute playthrough of the Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia demo courtesy of YouTuber Nintendo Hall, which you can check out below.
You can look for the Nintendo Switch exclusive to arrive on June 25th on the Nintendo eShop for $49.99.
If you would prefer to acquire a physical copy of the game, pre-orders have been made available for the standard and collector’s edition of the physical outing by Limited Run Games at $49.99 and $79.99 respectively.
For more information about Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia feel free to visit the official Happinet website.