Live by the Sword: Tactics is a Tactical / Strategy RPG. It initially began life as a board game but eventually transitioned into the game you see now. The game is an unashamedly old school tactical RPG with modern gameplay ideas. Set after the fall of the land, you control two brothers who must traverse the kingdom to stop it from falling back into the darkness of conflict. Single Player and Multiplayer game modes available.
The main inspiration for Tactics was Final Fantasy Advance. I love that game and have logged hundreds of hours into it. The art style draws heavily from that game whereas gameplay differs quite a bit. For example, in FFTA you have experience and gear whereas our game does away with that. The characters at the start of the game are the same strength at the end of the game. The difference is that the players themselves have gotten better at the game and we can offer increasingly difficult fights to challenge the player with. This prevents players from farming XP and cheesing higher level fights or trying to steal a rare weapon over and over to learn an overpowered skill.
We’ve been in Early Access for about a year, through Early Access we have received feedback directly from players with our in-game feedback reporting system, allowing players to send us messages directly, that gets posted to a Trello board for us to review.
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Tactics began development in 2019 with just the two of us. Myself (Matthew Hamilton, Creative Director) and Michael Knight (Developer). Eventually the team expanded around 6 months into the project. Then we had people come and go and now we’re sitting at 5 of us full time on the game.
A full list of everyone who has worked on the project is located in the credits, under options in the main menu. You can also see the full credits in our booklet or on the website.