Sand Land, the video game adaptation of Akira Toriyama’s beloved manga series, now has a demo on Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, PS4, and Steam, ahead of it full launch in April.

Sand Land is set in a post-apocalyptic desert world where water is in short supply. Players take on the role of Beelzebub, AKA the Fiend Prince, as his rag-tag team of adventurers sets out on a quest to uncover the hidden Legendary Spring.

In more specific terms, Sand Land is an action-RPG developed by ILCA, Inc. (the studio behind 2021’s Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl) with a heavy focus on vehicular action, with players able to develop their own tanks, motorbikes, and more – switching out weapons, engines, and suspensions – in order to navigate the world and take on opponents.

SAND LAND – Demo Trailer

According to publisher Bandai Namco’s announcement, Sand Land’s newly released demo will grant access to a limited portion of the map, feature three playable characters – Beelzebub, Rao, and Thief – and gives players a taste of the games’ Battle Tank, Battle Armour, and Motorbike action.

Progress won’t transfer over to Sand Land’s full Release, but playing the demo then starting a new game with demo save data on your system does unlock a small stash of bonuses resources – 30 B-Grade Steel and 30 B-Grade Bolt – used to enhance vehicles when reaching Spino in the story.

Sand Land’s demo is out now and the full game launches for PlayStation 5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, and Steam on 26th April.

Sand Land was originally serialised in 2000, butt is currently enjoying something of a revival. Alongside the video game, a new anime adaptation is set to air on Disney Plus and Hulu from 20th March. Sand Land is the work of manga artist and Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama, who sadly passed away earlier this month, eliciting a wave of tributes from across the games industry.

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