Tactical Turn-Based RPG Tyrant's Blessing deploys onto the Nintendo Switch and PC in Summer 2022

Developer Mercury Game Studio and publisher Freedom Games have announced that Tyrant's Blessing is coming to the Nintendo Switch and PC (Steam, Epic) in Summer 2022. Mercury Game Studio initially held a Kickstarter campaign in April 2021 for the title and announced that they partnered with Freedom Games in late September 2021 to publish it.

Tyrant's Blessing is a tactical turn-based RPG primarily inspired by Into the Breach and Invisible Inc Players face off against the Tyrant and their army of Undying soldiers. They can only deploy up to three heroes and one pet onto the battlefield and must think carefully about each action, especially against seemingly overwhelming odds. Like the titles it takes inspiration from, Tyrant's Blessing allows players to see exactly what every single enemy will do in advance of their turn. Before a player commits to any action, they can observe how the enemy will react to them.

On the official website, Mercury Game Studio provides a simple breakdown on one of the features that separates Tyrant's Blessing from other titles. If a hero in this game is targeted and they attempt to flee, this will cause an enemy to immediately attack them. There are several ways to avoid it though; people can choose to hide their until in a nearby bush title momentarily, have their Tank unit push the targeted character out of the way with their own body, have a pet pull that character towards them, or perhaps that character possesses a talent that allows them to evade it safely on their own.

If a hero falls in battle, they will not die or perish permanently. Instead, they become corrupted and serve the Tyrant's army. Players may be able to encounter them in their playthrough again. If so, they must defeat them in battle to free them from the clutches of the opposing force.

Not all heroes will appear in a single playthrough and each one of them specializes in different things. Different environments and map layouts must be considered when selecting which heroes to send into the fray; archers may thrive on more open fields, but assassins will have a much harder time utilizing their stealthy approaches.

Players can try out a free demo for Tyrant's Blessing on Steam as part of the Steam Next Fest event; the demo will be available through June 27.

Learn more about Tyrant's Blessing with its new trailer down below, along with more detailed information and screenshots.

The Tyrant landed in Tyberia bearing promises of a paradise, without war, without suffering… and without death. All Tyberians had to do in order to enter his paradise was to simply die at the hands of his Dead Army. The war was over before it even began, with thousands perishing in the Tyrant's wake, only to be brought into his fold as undying thralls, bound by magic. The few living warriors left are scattered across the remnants of their homeland, tirelessly looking for a way to turn the tables on the tyrannical Tyrant. Lead a great Uprising, defeat the Dead Army, and drive the monstrous overlord back into the depths of the sea from whence he came.

Tyrant's Blessing is a tactical turn-based game where your ability to plan, adapt, and strategize is more important than min-maxing your units or finding the sharpest sword in the hoard. Select battles every day, make challenging choices, and cleverly use the strengths of these rag-tag insurgents to defeat the undead hordes and maybe - just maybe - bring real life back to Tyberia.

Every Day is a Battle for Survival

Before you bring the battle to the Tyrant's doorstep, you'll have to make sure you live long enough to reclaim the Island.

  • Decide whether to fight, rescue the living from the Undying, or gather your strength. Every choice matters throughout every day of the Uprising.
  • As you fight your way across the face of Tyberia, face off against random encounters that force difficult decisions. Do you intervene and fight highwaymen, putting your warriors at risk? Do you try to save a child, risking valuable time and resources? Only your morals and ideals hold the answer.
  • Pick your heroic roster carefully. Screeg, the elder wizard advising the Uprising, can only teleport three heroes and a pet at once: Do you send your elite warriors in? Or rookies to train and hold the line? Are they up to the task? Can you handle the consequences?

Every Battle is a Risk

The Tyrant can’t be defeated without destroying an army's worth of the Undying. However, winning is more than simply whacking the enemy as hard as you can.

  • Analyze the fray and plan accordingly. Place warriors around the battlefield to gain strategic advantages.
  • Stay ever mindful of surroundings: kick up dust to make the enemies lose sight or hop over stones and dodge into bushes to avoid enemy attacks.
  • Mind the enemy: every attack is telegraphed, but take care, simply moving away leaves behind a shadow. This remnant of a character can still be attacked if there is no way to avoid it...
  • Knock the enemies out of the way and into obstacles, shield weaker heroes with ones that can tank damage, as well as chain powerful elemental attacks using the environment. Brute force works, but fight smarter, not harder.

Every Risk is Another Day

Each of your heroes has their own personality, properties, and abilities. Who will you choose to put in harm’s way?

  • Enlist twenty hallowed heroes, each with a distinct set of abilities that can dramatically alter the course of any battle.
  • But stay mindful: Not all heroes appear in a playthrough - and not everyone is guaranteed to make it to the finish line of this quest.
  • Pick the right team for the task. An assassin may thrive in confined spaces, while an archer will suffer in close quarters. Some heroes may even bring their pets along, who might provide just enough leverage to win a battle for the group.
  • Even if heroes fall, they can still be freed from the Tyrant's grasp. Track them down, defeat them in combat, and restore them back to their stolen life!
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