The DioField Chronicle demo is out now on PC and consoles

Storm the DioField today

Square Enix and Lancarse’s strategy RPG The DioField Chronicle has a demo, and it’s available right now. The upcoming game has an introductory demo live now on digital storefronts for PC and console.

The demo kicks off right at the opening of the game, and up through the first chapter. Save progress will carry over from the demo into the full version of The DioField Chronicle.

You can find it here on the PlayStation Store for PS4 and PS5, the Microsoft store for Xbox Series X|S and One, on the eShop for Nintendo Switch, and on PC via Steam.

The DioField Chronicle is a strategy RPG following a band of mercenaries, caught up in the war and machinations of the politicians around them. A core group of heroes tries to navigate shady dealings and plots while trying to effect change for the better, especially on the island nation of DioField.

Keeping three moves ahead

I got the chance to check out The DioField Chronicle early, and played this section in particular. You can find my full impressions here, but I came away surprised by how different it felt.

This year is not exactly wanting for tactical RPGs, with new entries like Triangle Strategy and the revival of classics like Tactics Ogre and Front Mission providing ample fodder for strategy fans. The DioField Chronicle stands out by taking a real-time strategy spin on the RPG concept, allowing units to move in real-time on the field.

Mix in some interesting class variations and some tight, well-designed arenas to fight in, and it all works pretty well. The player can even retreat to a home base and chat with allies, build up base buildings, and purchase upgrades, in a very Fire Emblem: Three Houses manner.

If you like a little strategy mixed into your RPG, it’s worth giving a shot. The DioField Chronicle demo is out now, and the full game is out on September 22.

Eric Van Allen