September 30th, 2012 | By Alex Wilkinson
Just a few weeks back Tryst, a great Sci-Fi RTS came to the PC (our review can be found here). BlueGiant Interactive have now made the bold decision to open up one multiplayer map (with unrestricted access to the Human race only) now available for free. It is no surprise that the demo player is able to play with anyone who has purchased the game. This is as I assume an attempt to address the issue of the very underpopulated multiplayer lobby.
It is always a potential issue with indie titles no matter how high profile they have been. Many indie multiplayer games will rarely be able to obtain the level of players found in long standing AAA competitors such as Starcraft. BlueGiant Interactive have indeed come up with an interesting way to get more people interested in Tryst along with creating a much more vibrant online community.
For any of you who have managed to miss Tyrst it is a competitive RTS with reactive environmental dangers along side a great deal of unique units. Tyrst also implemented its very own new twist on the genre with its A.R.M mechanic. The A.R.M (augmentation Research Mechanism) allows the player to equip units with specific load-outs to change their natural advantages and disadvantages.
Like in many RTS games Tryst contains a typical human race, however the second race the Zali are what give Tryst yet another interesting twist. The Zali gain new units by merging them together or resurrecting the defeated units from the scraps. This creates a very unique and interesting race that seems rather unpredictable.
BlueGiant Interactive have came up with a seemingly interesting method of attracting additional players to the online community. I am sure it will increase the numbers of players in the lobbies, at least in the short term. Though I feel a map rotation would work better for the long term, but this plan it at least shows that BlueGiant Interactive are still supporting their game and thinking of new ways to grow their player base.
If you are a fan of Sci-Fi RTS games Tryst will probably appeal to you, hell if you like RTS in general I am sure you will get enjoyment out of the demo at least. The Demo can be found on Steam here with the official Tryst site here.