Looking to start off spring with a new, grand adventure? SQUARE ENIX would like to help you get started. Ahead of the SaGa Emerald Beyond release later this month, the company has a released a demo that allows players to try out several hours of gameplay in one of three storylines, depending upon platform.

The Nintendo Switch demo features Ameya, “…a witch-in-training who visits Miyako City and lives in secret as a schoolgirl as a part of her graduation exam. After Ameya is attacked by an unknown person, she loses practically all of her magical power and must find a way to regain what was lost and pass her final exam.”

PlayStation 4 and 5 owners will meet Tsunanori Mido, while the PC demo involves Diva No. 5. Never fear, though, Nintendo faithful—the full version of the game will allow to work through the stories of all six leading characters. You’ll just need to start with Ameya, as “…demo save data will transfer over to the full game on each respective platform.”

As for the story, this latest entry in the SaGa series is very much a standalone experience that brings together elements from previous entries to offer players a unique experience affected by their choices. SaGA Emerald Beyond will feature:

  • Six leading characters, all from diverse backgrounds and with vastly different goals, in five unique story arcs. Multiple playthroughs will lead to completely new events and stories even when using the same character.
  • The greatest number of branching plots of any game in the SaGa series. As the story unfolds, it becomes a tale all of your own. Multiple paths lead to multiple potential endings for each protagonist.
  • Refinement of the strategic Timeline Battles for which the franchise is known. The new combat system adds more drama than ever before, allowing you to support party members, interrupt enemy actions, and use United Attacks by strategically manipulating the order of ally actions.

SaGa Emerald Beyond is rated T (Teen) by the ESRB, and will launch digitally on April 25, 2024. Along with the demo, pre-orders are now open. For more information, visit