The ID @ Xbox stream on March 26 was a gigantic show that featured more than 100 games and ran for well over three hours, and one of the most impressive games announced was Astria Ascending. A JRPG from Artisan Studios, it blends a Vanillaware art style with turn-based combat, and the development team includes some of the biggest names in Japanese gaming.
Written by Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy VII remake writer Kazushige Nojima, and with music composed by Final Fantasy XII’s Hitoshi Sakimoto, Astria Ascending plays eight heroes known as the “Demons”
“… their fate is doomed, but the world is not,” says a line on the Steam page. If you were looking for a story that was sunshine and rainbows, you should probably look elsewhere. In addition to Final Fantasy and Bravely Default developers, the Astria Ascending team also includes Nier: Automata veterans, and that game is not exactly known as a light-hearted frolic.
In addition to the more traditional turn-based combat elements, you will be able to collect and then summon animals in battle, and there is also a powerful technique known as a “Cosmo Break” that will give you the edge. Since the game will be released this year, we will probably learn more soon.
In addition to Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S and PC, Astria Ascending also comes to PS4, PS5 and Nintendo Switch. It will also be available via Xbox Game Pass.
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