Defenestrate Druid Mafiosos as a tacticool witch in Tactical Breach Wizards

Mages are cool, there’s no denying it. But we have so much assistant happy to choose, what defines Tactical Breach Assistants (opens in new tab) separate? Sorcerer with a Gun, Alright, I Dropped My Journal, You Have My Attention tactical? Alright, now we’re cooking with gas.

Tactical Breach Wizards is an XCOM-style turn-based strategy game from developer Tom Francis, creator of armed hand (opens in new tab) and heat signature (opens in new tab) (and a PC Gamer editor, once upon a time). You guide your team of maverick sorcerers through thorny combat puzzles with fearsome enemies like “Riot Priests” and “Druid Mafia”. These enemies don’t share our heroes’ qualms about using lethal force, and your squad of mages needs to take every advantage to succeed.

As for that squad, Francis has mostly shown the Witch Cop up until this point, which specializes in repositioning enemies and lining up combos, and the Navy Seer, which has limited precognition to help manipulate enemies and set traps. Tactical Breach Wizards also teased additional operators, including the Rebel Riot Priest, a frontline tank, and the Necromedic, a darker take on the healer archetype.

Similar to the phenomenal roguelike mech Into the Breach, Tactical Breach Wizards has a strong emphasis on using knockback and crossfire combos to get the most out of every turn. Half way PC game program (opens in new tab) trailer, Navy Seer erroneously tells Witch Cop “You can’t throw all of life’s problems out the windows”. As long as these issues are using kevlar and fall into your line of fire, you can certainly.

Tactical Breach Wizards’ firefights seek to maximize the potential of turn-based battles as dense little combat nodes, charging you to untangle them a little each turn until you finally unchallenge and complete an encounter with (hopefully) all of your forces still intact. In addition to focusing on kinetic basic attacks, Tactical Breach Wizards are also making the most of their spellcaster aesthetic to deliver unique powers to turn the tide of battle. The trailer shows Witch Cop using her broom to exit the play area through a window and return to the other side of the map, opening up all sorts of combos and tactical possibilities.

The PC Gaming Show trailer by Tactical Breach Wizards demonstrates more of the game’s inter-mission structure than we’ve seen in the past. Individual operators can be upgraded and refined, and their character-driven focus seems to prevent XCOM-style permanent death – our menu system preview shows a “Resurrection” option, presumably for operators who have fallen during missions. The trailer also provides a glimpse of a classic fantasy RPG map done in the cork and ropes style with polaroids of people of interest – our first good look at the wider Tactical Breach Wizards setting.

Creator Tom Francis is doing his best to separate the game’s special ops aesthetic from its murky real-world political overtones, positioning the Tactical Breach Wizards’ enchanted operators as outsider underdogs rebelling against an oppressive police state. They are so out of luck that they have to take the subway for missions and hide in the Marine Seer’s parents’ house, but one day soon you will be able to direct them to more successful results. Tactical Breach Assistants can be wish list on Steam (opens in new tab) and does not yet have a planned release date.

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