Devil's Third is still making its way to North America in December following its previous arrival in Japan and Europe, and a quirky aspect of the release is the fact it's also got a 'free-to-start' version coming to PC in the future. For those with both a PC and a Wii U that brings an interesting choice - pick up the retail console version which has a solo campaign and full online play (which has optional microtransactions) or try out a free PC version that's multiplayer-only and will likely push microtransactions at every opportunity.
We awarded the Wii U version 5/10 in our review, slamming the solo campaign but reserving some praise for the depth on offer online. The online component has plenty to offer on Wii U despite its flaws, and now some details of the PC version are coming out courtesy of a recent Valhalla Game Studios presentation.
An upcoming closed beta will have the following modes and features - thanks, Siliconera:
- Battle Royale
- Team Deathmatch
- Cross Fight (close-ranged fighting only)
- Carnival (shooting for points using vegetables, fruits, and a mixer.)
Those modes all have an equivalent in the Wii U version, but a late January open beta will have a new mode not on Wii U.
- Chimera Clean Up: A mode that features a variety of monsters such as trolls and golems that you can take out solo or with a team of up to four players. The goal is to clear until beating a certain number of waves. Not on Wii U.
- Seize Match: Clans will fight each other to defend their own bases or take over the bases of enemy clans. This mode is currently in adjustment and will officially launch in spring 2016. Is on Wii U in a different form.
There'll also be a feature "that lets you take screenshots and scatter them across your enemies", which sounds weird, but a key inclusion is voice chat support. Though Devil's Third on Wii U makes good use of the GamePad for text chat and information while playing online, it sadly doesn't include voice chat.
Aside from voice chat and 'Chimera Clean Up' there's little announced so far that's not available in the Wii U. It should also be noted that the home console has substantial clan systems and other modes online, as highlighted in our review.
It'll be interesting to see how Devil's Third goes down on PC, and how well it sells in North America this December after seemingly poor launches in Japan and Europe.