We're jumping back in the SAND BOX! Welcome to episode 2 of our SAND LAND dev diaries covering subquests and dungeons. You'll learn all about the different ways you can delve for materials, and how you'll interact with the other denizens of SAND LAND.
Samantha: Hello and welcome back to our SAND LAND deep dive video series! We've got different scenery around us compared to last time, so I'm sure we have some exciting information to share today, right Minami-san ?
Keishu Minami: Hi! I'm the producer of SAND LAND, Keishu Minami. Continuing from last time, I hope to provide you with some information that you will be interested in!
Samantha: This time, I'd like to know where you can explore, and what kind of things you can do in the world of SAND LAND. In the trailers released so far, there are some pretty interesting places and buildings besides the desert.
Keishu Minami: That's right. First, of course, you can explore the desert where SAND LAND is set as Beelzebub, as well as the Demon Village itself, where Rao visits Beelzebub to tell him about the Legendary Spring. You can get a glimpse of how the demons live in this world, so please take a look around every corner.
Samantha: There are so many charming demons, I'd love to see them in various locations!
Keishu Minami: In addition to that, you can visit various other places in the game, such as village ruins, towns where people live, military bases, and dungeon ruins, so there's quite a bit worth exploring.
Samantha: I see. With so many places to explore, is the map quite large ?
Keishu Minami: Yes, it was designed to be large enough for the players to really enjoy it. There are large dungeons divided into levels, as well as small and medium-sized dungeon ruins, so I hope everyone looks forward to what we're creating.
Samantha: Dungeon is a key word that I am quite interested in. Can you tell us a bit more about that?
Keishu Minami: Of course! As I mentioned last time, vehicles are the key to battle and exploration in this game. As I also mentioned, you can customize your vehicles, and the materials needed for customization can be obtained from mining ore and from treasure chests along the way. Among them, there are high grade materials in the dungeons, which can be used to develop and enhance parts.
Samantha: We can build stronger vehicles through dungeon crawling.
Keishu Minami: Yes, and we also have variations in dungeons. For example, one of the dungeons is an aerial battleship. I think it'll become clear as you progress through the main story, but a major war occurred in the past in this world, which caused things to be crashed and abandoned, and you can explore them. Walls, rubble, and containers that were being moved by crane are still there, blocking your way, and you will need vehicles to break through them. Various debris and walls can be shot and destroyed with your tank, and in this way, you can advance to other levels and explore the giant battleship.
Samantha: The vehicles play a big role here as well! It looks like a lot of fun to explore the dungeon and not just look for materials.
Keishu Minami: Yes, there are various dungeons besides the battleship, so please try visiting all the different ones!
Samantha: Since this game is an action RPG, do you progress by going through the main story ?
Keishu Minami: There's a story mode to follow, but we also have sub-quests that allow you to learn about the world of SAND LAND more deeply, and are one of the most important elements of the adventure.
Keishu Minami: First, Beelzebub and friends will build a base camp for their adventures. The base will be introduced in detail in the next Dev Diary, but there will be a store that sells items to restore Beelzebub's health and materials for developing vehicles, as well as a place where you can customize your vehicles. As you solve the problems of those in need through sub-quests, they will come to the base as residents, and new items will be added to the lineup. A paint shop will open where you can change the colour of your vehicle, and an exchange shop will be set up where you can replace items you no longer need with other items.
Samantha: It looks like you can do quite a bit more than just progress through the main story!
Keishu Minami: Yes, through the sub-quests, the range of play will expand, and we hope that you will be proactive in exploring them.
Samantha: There are various places hidden in the desert that can be explored, more things to do through sub-quests, and other exciting things that we heard about today!
Keishu Minami: Yes, I hope that players will visit various places to make new discoveries and enjoy the interactions and drama that can be experienced through the unique world.
Samantha: Thanks for watching, and as always, don’t forget to follow the official Sand Land accounts linked below for the latest updates! See you next time! Bye bye!
SAND LAND will be available for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam