Well, it happened. A game was advertised with the promise of choices mattering, and then it was undermined in one fell swoop. According to other players, Triangle Strategy has a “true ending”, so we prepped up a Triangle Strategy golden route guide.
The true ending or Golden Route in Triangle Strategy requires players making specific choices on certain chapters, and possibly making certain decisions in battle. It’s an interesting attention to detail which shows that Artdink and Square Enix can create a meaningful and branching narrative if they tried.
But the existence of a true ending diminishes the experience of players forging their own path through the game and not getting this particular ending. Here’s our Triangle Strategy golden route guide:
How to get Triangle Strategy’s Golden Route
- Chapter 3 – This vote has no bearing on the ending.
- Chapter 7 – This vote has no bearing on the ending, however if you choose to protect Roland you have to avoid using any of the Wolffort fire traps.
- Chapter 8 – This vote has no bearing on the ending.
- Chapter 9 – Decide to help Sorsley with the illegal salt trade.
- Chapter 10 – Reveal Roland’s identity and show Svarog he’s still alive
- Chapter 11 – Decide to protect the Rosellans no matter what.
- Chapter 12 – Find the pink rock in the Rosellan village. The rock is in the Village Chief’s house and Frederica is needed to access it.
- Chapter 13 – This vote has no bearing on the ending.
- Chapter 15 – Decide to go back to Wolffort and visit Serenoa’s father
- Chapter 17 – In the final decision choose the option “There must be another way.” From here you’ll be asked a series of questions and you have to answer them in this way:
1 – “Greet them with the Wolffort demesne’s wildfire?”
2- “Might Lord Svarog be the key?”
3 – “We can expose the truth hidden within the Goddess’s statue.”
4 – “They’re of the Consortium.”
If you did everything right, you’ll be put on the Golden Route and can finish out the game to witness the game’s true ending.
While this ending isn’t officially considered the true ending, it’s being regarded that way by fans and players. This is because the Golden Route requires secret finding, exploration, and a particular set of choices which ultimately rewards players with two extra chapters of content and a new recruitable character.
What do you think? Does a “true ending” diminish other choices in a game where choices are meant to matter? Or is it a just reward for players who take the time to explore and consider their options? Let us know in the comments!
Triangle Strategy is available now on the Nintendo Switch! You can find our review here! (We recommend it!)