A new trailer for Cris Tales debuted during Future Games Show. It provided a fresh look at the upcoming stylish RPG. You can watch it, below.
In Cris Tales, you take control of the titular Crisbell (unless the title is actually in reference to her ally, Cristopher–yup, there’s more than one Cris), a young orphan who becomes a time mage. Each time mage can affect time in a unique way–in Crisbell’s case, she can see the world in the past, present, and future all at the same time. Using this knowledge, she can change the flow of time and influence the course of events.
For example, early-on in the game, Crisbell sees that in the future, two shops in town will fall on hard times after their respective store fronts mysteriously collapse. The means of preventing their collapse can only be achieved by mixing a potion from a rare fruit.
After planting the seed in the present, one of Crisbell’s allies–a talking frog named Matias with powers of his own–can skip to her vision of the future where the plant is fully grown and then take the fruit back to Crisbell’s time. You only get enough to make one potion though, forcing you to choose which store to save, ultimately only changing the future for one of the store owners.
Cris Tales implements this mechanic in combat too, allowing Crisbell to affect enemies in different ways depending on which time period she fights them in. Fighting a strong soldier in the future is far easier when he’s a weak and old man, for example, and sending someone to the past, drenching their shield in water, and then quickly returning them to the present will result in their defense rusting away.
Cris Tales is scheduled to release for Xbox One, PS4, PC, Nintendo Switch, and Google Stadia on November 17.
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