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PAX East 2023: Trinity Fusion hands-on impressions

After making my way toward the indie section of PAX East 2023, I noticed a booth that had several monitors and had drawn in a large number of people over to it. Curious, I made my way over to the booth, which belonged to Angry Mob Games, and that’s when I noticed that the game was called Trinity Fusion. My interest piqued, I asked one of the staffers just what is this game about, and I heard the words “multiple realities,” and “rogue-lite,” and that’s all that I needed.

Not sure what to say, I pointed out that I wanted to play it, but seeing how the stations were all taken up, I’d have to come back. No, it’s ok, replied the person, as I have the game loaded onto my Steam Deck, so you can give it a try on it. I’ll be completely honest and say that I had to stop playing the game because I was hooked, and I likely would have stayed there longer than I should have.

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What is Trinity Fusion?

In a nutshell, all of reality is breaking down, and you are the catalyst that can prevent this from happening. You’ll need to work with alternate-reality versions of yourself and fuse these realities to stop the impending doom. Along the way, you’ll also be able to fuse your character, creating more powerful versions of yourself, by mixing and matching each character’s skillsets.

Trinity Fusion is a 2.5D rogue-lite, with the gameplay being handled by making your way through the procedurally generated levels, completed with unique weapons and items you’ll find along the way. The combat is fast-paced, and you’ll find yourself quickly overwhelmed if you don’t pay attention. Going into an area when you aren’t prepared wasn’t such a good idea either… ouch. Of course, since this is a rogue-lite, death isn’t the end. While you’ll lose your weapons, you’ll retain your currencies that you can use to acquire upgrades at the hub.

The build I played during PAX East 2023, I had access to three characters; Altara, Kera, and Naira. Altara uses devices to supplement her abilities, Kera is a straight-up warrior, and Naira is a ranger character who prefers, well, ranged weapons.

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My time with the game was enjoyable, and the gameplay loop had me coming back for more punishment. Despite dying multiple times throughout the 30 minutes I had with the game, it didn’t stop me from trying to get further than I did last time. The visuals are beautiful, and the animations are very fluid. I can’t say much about the sounds, as I didn’t have a pair of headphones on, and everything was being drowned out by everything else in the area, plus that super loud Arcade 1Up booth that was only a few feet away.

Sadly, I don’t have any footage as I was playing on the Steam Deck. The double whammy is that the images in the older presskit for the game, don’t do the current build justice.

Yep, it works on the Steam Deck

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I was highly impressed by how the game performed on the Steam Deck, and I was told that Angry Mob Games was targeting the platform, and that it will be verified for the Steam Deck. Heck, it didn’t even need to be, as the game felt great already. There was no skipping, stuttering, or anything of the sort, and the controls felt great.

Trinity Fusion has already impressed me, and I’m looking forward to more time with the game when it arrives in Early Access on PC on Steam and the Epic Games Store, on April 13, 2023.