Update [Thu 1st Sept, 2022 09:40 BST]: Square Enix has officially announced Voice of Cards: The Beasts of Burden, and it's coming to the Switch eShop in less than two weeks — on 13th September. This month is already a packed month, and Square Enix has a ridiculously full release slate for the rest of the year — but there's room for one more card on the table, it seems.
The Voice of Cards series has amassed a good fanbase since the first game launched last October, and with their rather lovely art and music, we're not surprised we're already on game number three. This third entry brings a few new skills to the table — such as being able to trap and capture monsters — which will give players more tricks up their sleeves.
Here are all the details we know so far, along with a few screenshots from Square Enix:
Told entirely through the medium of cards, Voice of Cards: The Beasts of Burden is a standalone experience that newcomers and fans of the previous iterations, Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars and Voice of Cards: The Forsaken Maiden, can enjoy.
Voice of Cards: The Beasts of Burden brings players to an illustrated world presented through the medium of cards as the third release in the Voice of Cards franchise, now giving players the ability to trap the monsters they defeat in cards to use them as skills in battle. Follow a new tale set in a world where a millennia of hatred rages between monsters and humans, and a girl who loses her home swears revenge on monsters. She joins hands with a mysterious boy as they set out into the unknown and unravel the fate of this broken world.
This truly unique gaming experience brings back the creative minds behind the previous Voice of Cards games, beloved NieR series and Drakengard series, including creative director Yoko Taro (Drakengard series, NieR series), music director Keiichi Okabe (Drakengard 3, NieR series), and character designer Kimihiko Fujisaka (Drakengard series).
Fans of Yoko Taro can purchase a Digital Deluxe Edition set*, which includes the Voice of Cards: The Beasts of Burden game and several downloadable content items styled after the award-winning mobile RPG NieR Re[in]carnation, including:
- Decoration of Those in the Cage – New costumes for the game’s heroine and her companions**
- Handbook Pattern – Card reverse patterned after an expert handbook**
- Mama Avatar – Avatar designed patterned after Mama
- Story Collectors’ Dice – Dice patterned after Mother and Carrier**
- The Cage Board – Board and accessories patterned after the Cage***
- Aid Table – Table patterned after the random draw screen**
- Melody of reincarnation – A soundtrack that brings to mind a certain tale of the girl and the monster**
- Pixel Art Set – Replaces all character and enemy illustrations with pixel art**
*The items and game sold in this set are available individually. Please take care to avoid making duplicate purchases.
**The design may not be changed in some circumstances.
***This downloadable content does not include dice.
Players who purchase the game now through October 3, 2022 will receive the “Iron Avatar” downloadable content which unlocks an avatar design with a lustrous iron color, and the “Somber Girl’s Abstract Pattern” downloadable content* which unlocks a card with the reverse patterned after the back view of the game’s heroine as early purchase** rewards.
*The design may not be changed in some circumstances.
**Bonus items may be offered for free or put on sale at a later date.
You can find out more details about Voice of Cards: The Beasts of Burden from Square Enix's official website, and make sure you check out our previous story below for more information on the series.
Original article [Thu 25th Aug, 2022 10:30 BST]: A third entry in the Voice of Cards series has been spotted in the backend of the PS Store. Shared on Twitter by @PlayStationSize and seemingly titled Voice of Cards: The Beasts of Burden, this would make it the second game in the series in 2022 (if it releases this year), and the third game in a franchise that's not even a year old yet!
Of course, only the PlayStation file has been spotted, but since both previous entries came to Switch, there's no way these cards won't be laid out on our table. The series was created by Yoko Taro — of NieR and Draknegard fame — and debuted last year following The Isle Dragon Roars' announcement during a Nintendo Direct.
We know no other details about the upcoming third entry, but we have a sneak peek at the game logo and some key art — and those are some NieR: Automata-like outfits there.
The Forsaken Maiden, the second game in the series, came out in February this year. We'll likely hear an announcement about this third title soon enough via Square Enix. But three games in a year is impressive — and the first two are solid card RPGs!
Are you a fan of the Voice of Cards series? Let us know if you're looking forward to a potential third game in the comments!