Square Enix have announced Voice of Cards: The Forsaken Maiden and it’s.. out next week?
No, you read that right. The follow up to Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars, Voice of Cards: The Forsaken Maiden will be out less than two weeks after it was announced. But it’s not all that surprising when you consider that Square Enix didn’t do an awful lot to market the last entry.
Yes, it’s a niche title, an odd blend of collectible card game and turn-based RPG but it should be worth picking up, particularly if you passed on the previous entry. In our review we called The Isle Dragon Roars, “an absolute delight to play” praising, amongst other things, its aesthetic and narration.
So, if not dragons, what’s Voice of Cards: The Forsaken Maiden all about? According to the trailer, it’s “The journey of a maiden who feared herself worthless.” She hails from “..a remote island chain, protected by maidens for generations.” Yes, that sounds like a cue for a horror film, but “maiden” appears to be a role, rather than a description.
In other words, Laty, the titular maiden, has failed to fulfil her duty as the island’s protector and, shamed by her failure, sets out to put things right. She’ll be accompanied by a range of other characters, including a girl who has settled into the role of a maiden, which we’d imagine could be very awkward.
Creator Yoko Taro has worked on a range of titles, including the Nier series, and to acknowledge this you’ll be able to buy a card pack featuring characters and symbols from those titles. Yes, you can have 2B from Nier: Replicant in Voice of Cards: The Forsaken Maiden. We’ll be interested to see how this largely mystical card game explains away the android’s presence.
Voice of Cards: The Forsaken Maiden will arrive digitally on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation®4 console and PC (via Steam) this February 17th.