The gorgeous pixel 16-bit RPG Chained Echoes finally has a release window! Developed by Matthias Linda and published by Deck13, who was responsible for bringing us the fantastic action RPG CrossCode, the game more than doubled its Kickstarter goal back in 2019, and one of the stretch goals included bringing the game to Switch!
We're finally going to see the fruits of this Kickstarter's success towards the end of the year, as Chained Echoes is projected to launch sometime in Q4 2022. The turn-based RPG already sported a gorgeous SNES-style visual flair back when it was announced, but it's really come into its own with a crisp, colourful world that blends a fantasy dragon landscape with Mechs! Not only can you travel the world in your robotic companions, but you can also engage in combat with them, just like in PS1 classic Xenogears, or the more recent Xenoblade Chronicles X.
Here are some details on the game, straight from its Steam page:
Take up your sword, channel your magic or board your Mech. Chained Echoes is a 16-bit SNES-style RPG set in a fantasy world where dragons are as common as piloted mechanical suits. Follow a group of heroes as they explore a land filled to the brim with charming characters, fantastic landscapes and vicious foes. Can you bring peace to a continent where war has been waged for generations and betrayal lurks around every corner?
Chained Echoes is a story-driven game where a group of heroes travel around the vast continent of Valandis to bring an end to the war between its three kingdoms. In the course of their journey, they will travel through a wide array of diverse landscapes spanning from wind-tanned plateaus and exotic archipelagos to sunken cities and forgotten dungeons.
- 40 - 50 hours of playtime
- Fast-paced turn-based battles
- No random encounters; enemies can be seen running around
- Tons of items to be looted, stolen or crafted
- Complex skill and equipment system
- Customize your own airship
- Travel and fight by foot or in your Mech
- 16-bit SNES style graphics
- Music inspired by PSX RPGs
It sounds like Chained Echoes is a JRPG-fan's dream, with many of the genre's modern-day conveniences such as a lack of random encounters and complex equipment and skill systems, while it retains the spirit of the golden age of the genre. Especially that meaty playtime — straight out of the CRT days, that! You can watch the trailer at the top to get a good glimpse at the world of Chained Echoes. We're pretty sure we saw a giant mouse in there somewhere. We hope he gets a Mech, too!
We'll let you know when Chained Echoes has a more firm release date. But for now, we'll be salivating over that trailer and admiring just how gorgeous the game looks. Will this one be able to join the lofty ranks of the other fantastic RPGs on the system?
Will you be picking up Chained Echoes on Switch later this year? Let us know down in the usual spot.
This looks pretty dope, Im keeping this on my watchlist
Art design actually looks really solid, gameplay looks solid, character design is surprisingly good! Well, this is one to watch for sure.
I backed this on Kickstarter ages ago and can't wait for it to come out. It gives me Xenogears vibes with the mech and the mix of medieval and futuristic settings.
It looks the part. It has potential. Yeah, will monitor closely
The last time a 16-Bit RPG looked amazing in the trailers, I ended up with Octopath Traveler, and was completely disappointed. I hope it's good.
If it's even half as good as CrossCode then count me in.
If the story is crazy, I'm in
This is a day one buy for me! Looks amazing!
This looks intriguing. Looks like it has some inspirations from Chrono Trigger and Xenogears without being a carbon copy of either. I'm interested.
Shows promise. Will keep an eye on this now.
There is something about these artstyles that look…off to me.
I'll definitely keep an eye on this beautiful looking RPG. 🙏
Fantastic, definitely getting this alongside Sea of Stars this year.
It looks promising!! Keeping an eye on this one.
looking forward to this retro looking rpg game. also sea of stars another retro rpg game should come out at the same time as well..
Dang! I wish I would have known about this during the Kickstarter campaign! This looks amazing!
I think it looks pretty good, but I'm neck deep in lengthy RPGs and already have a couple more lined up for this year, so I'll be watching the reviews for this one.
Wow this looks great. Hope the final product is good. Definitely on my radar now.
I'm glad this studio was able to hit their goals, but with approximately 492,097 16-bit retro Jrpgs on the Switch market Im a little confused as to why they keep coming out with more.
Ok, it’s on my watch list 😬
I hate mechs, but love turn based rpgs. Sadly, the color scheme of this game really rubs me the wrong way.
@Jadamson929 they are cheap to make.
@Jadamson929 Take away all the KEMCO shovelware and there's a lot less.
Sweet. Def purchase
@Serpenterror I'm way late with this reply (just discovered Chained Echoes, so that's why), but Sea of Stars was delayed to 2023, unfortunately. Nobody will be playing that game this year.
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