Ascending astria, a superb Japanese fantasy RPG from Artisan Studios, was announced Friday during the ID @ Xbox showcase. The beautifully drawn game with turn-based combat is scheduled to be released in 2021, Artisan said in a press release.
Time Ascending astria is being developed by Artisan, which is based in Quebec, Canada and Montpellier, France, features a variety of contributions from renowned names in the JRPG genre, notably a score by Hitoshi Sakimoto (Final fantasy 12, Vagrant history) and writing from Kazushige Nojima (Final fantasy 10, Final Fantasy 7 Remake). Along with the game’s reveal trailer, publisher Dear Villagers posted a video interview with Nojima and Sakimoto on his YouTube channel on Friday:
Ascending astria Features an expansive fantasy environment in a hand-drawn 2D art style. The ad trailer has a lot of tradition and goes over the basics of the world. Players will be able to explore a land called Orcanon, where various mythical races and cultures coexist in harmony. The world will offer a “fully animated 2D landscape with five cities and a dynamic weather system,” according to Artisan.
Players will take control of the demigods, whose mission is to fight Moses, floating spherical ghost-like creatures that threaten the balance of the world. In the game, you’ll “choose from eight customizable player characters spanning a variety of races and fantastic abilities” as you assemble a team of heroes.
“In Ascending astria we wanted to explore how people cope in extraordinary times, ”Julien Bourgeois, game director at Artisan Studios, said in the press release. “Each hero has their own perspective, but it’s the relationships they form with each other that really bring the story to life.
Ascending astria is in development on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.