It seems that strategy RPG games are a lot like buses. You wait for ages for one to turn up, and then suddenly the station is absolutely jam-packed with them. While Switch owners already had the incredible Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Mario + Rabbids, this year has turned things up a notch with Triangle Strategy, Live A Live, a sequel to Mario + Rabbids incoming, Metal Slug Tactics en route, and even the recently announced Fire Emblem Engage.
So here comes The Diofield Chronicle, a new franchise from Square Enix staff member Shigeyuki Hirata, who people may know from the Ace Combat series, as a designer on Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorer’s of the Sky, and as a scriptwriter on 999: Nine Hours · Nine Persons · Nine Doors. A varied resume but an interesting pedigree, and The Diofield Chronicle certainly feels like it makes use of talent.
If you’ve seen nothing so far, The Diofield Chronicle is a strategy RPG set on Diofield Island, a country rich with a powerful resource known as jade which is used for magic, and caught in between the warring nations of the Kingdom of Alletain and the Trovelt-Schoevian Empire. Well, that’s the cliff notes version, there are a lot more parties involved and the political branches of this story run surprisingly deep.