Voice of Cards: The Beasts of Burden Launching This Month
Square Enix announced the third entry in the Voice of Cards series, Voice of Cards: The Beasts of Burden. Like predecessors Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars and Voice of Cards: The Forsaken Maiden, Voice of Cards: The Beasts of Burden is being created by a team featuring high-profile members of the Drakengard and NieR development teams, including Yoko Taro, Keiichi Okabe, and Kimihiko Fujisaka.
The series is played and told entirely through cards, with players making choices that affect the story and participating in turn-based battles reminiscent of tabletop RPGs. All titles are narrated by a Game Master, with The Beasts of Burden’s Game Master voiced by Carin Gilfry in English and Yui Ishikawa in Japanese.
As with the other games, Voice of Cards: The Beasts of Burden features a standalone story. It is set is where humans and monsters are constantly at odds with each other. The main protagonist is Al’e, a young girl who lives in the Subterranean Village and has never ventured outside. However, the village ends up ravaged by monsters, with Al’e joining with a mysterious boy named L’gol who appears and lends her his aid. The two set out on a quest for revenge and eventually to unravel the world’s situation.
Two other characters end up joining with Al’e and L’gol. Pulche is a young monster scholar who lost his childhood home to a monster attack, which killed both his researcher parents. Tralis is a beast tamer from a circus, who joins to try and hone her power to control monsters. Important monsters and likely foes in the game include the mine-dwelling Steel Primal, the fire-breathing Flame Primal, and the mysterious Frost Primal.
The Beasts of Burden’s gameplay introduces monster cards. Al’e has the power to control monsters, and by defeating monsters, players can encapsulate them into the cards used for combat. New or upgraded cards can be found after winning battles or from purchasing them in shops. Players can encounter a wandering merchant and obtain certificates for bringing him specific monster cards. Like previous titles, players can also obtain card stories providing more details about each character and enemy, as well as participate in an additional card-based mini-game.
Voice of Cards: The Beasts of Burden is set to release on September 13, 2022. It will be available digitally for PC, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. A Deluxe Digital Edition will be available that includes various pieces of cosmetic DLC that change the game’s illustrations, table, dice, cards, and music, with much of it themed after NieR Re[in]carnation.