Xbox fans, get on!
We are very happy to announce the release of Astria Ascendant, a JRPG published by Dear Villagers, available today for Xbox One and Xbox Series X | S and with Xbox Game Pass. The Franco-Canadian studio Artisan Studios has developed Astria Ascendant in collaboration with famous and talented Japanese designers, whose names you may be familiar with.
Here are five reasons to check out this new turn-based JRPG. Let’s get started!
A rich and mature history supported by a sumptuous score
In a world of looming chaos, eight heroes of fate are chosen. They become demigods and are doomed to die holding the fate of the world in their hands. The gripping story is written by the great Kazushige Nojima, known for his work on the Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts series. His wish was to offer a mature and intriguing story, emphasizing the complex relationships between people and their choices regarding their duty.
“Each hero has their own perspective, but it’s the relationships they form with each other that really bring the story to life,” said Julien Bourgeois, game director at Artisan Studio.
The fate of Astria Ascendant characters is supported by a meaningful soundtrack written by Hitoshi Sakimoto, known for the Chronicles of Valkyria series, Final Fantasy XII, Vagabond story, and many more. The music beautifully supports their adventures and plunges players into the heart of their destiny, dealing with their fears and sacrifices.
“My music supports Astria Ascendant characters to help players understand them. (…) This means that my music must invite players to have confidence in the potential of people, ”said Hitoshi Sakimoto in reference to his musical contribution to the game.
A richly imagined and hand-drawn 2D environment
In Astria Ascendant, you explore the world of Orcanon, a richly imagined and fully animated 2D landscape, and travel through five cities with a wide variety of inhabitants. If you like the artistic style of Astria Ascendant, know that the backgrounds and beautiful animations are hand drawn and created by Akihiko Yoshida and Hideo Minaba’s CyDesignation studio himself!
There are 25 dungeons to roam dotted with monsters, called Noises, and for those who like to think, you’ll have to solve environmental puzzles using your powers wisely. A dynamic weather system will punctuate your exploration with sunny and rainy moments, but also with snowstorms and sandstorms.
An incredible cast of unforgettable characters
In Astria Ascendant, you control the 333rd Demigods unit investigating the mysterious events that threaten the Harmony. Demigods are not immortal and have a short lifespan since they have accepted their duty and fate.
It’s a diverse team of eight heroes ranging in age from 13 to 63 and with completely different backgrounds, aspirations and personalities. From Meryos to Arktans, including Awisis and Zefts, you’ll assemble a team of characters from various fantastic races and a vast arsenal of skills.
The unique employment system in Astria Ascendant offers a lot of customization by allowing each demigod to develop their individual skills. As you level up you will unlock up to three jobs in addition to your base work for each demigod and as you battle the Noises your demigod team will level up and earn points. competence (SP).
These skill points can be spent in each character’s skill tree to unlock new skills, passive abilities, and stat upgrades. So, the different jobs that you unlock have skills that you can customize through an ascension tree that makes each part unique. You will have to choose wisely!
An innovative and rich turn-based combat system
Astria Ascendant offers rewarding and innovative turn-based combat. In addition to the more traditional turn-based combat features, you will have to deal with new mechanics. You can collect legendary beasts and summon them into battle and use powerful moves called Cosmo Breaks to give your team the edge. But that’s not all!
Successfully hitting an enemy’s weakness will earn you Focus Points, which can be used to improve your abilities and make them more effective. Your actions can however backfire and can create a focus point deficit by hitting enemies’ resistances, so your challenge is to analyze and know the characteristics of each monster to fight them in the best possible way.
If you are thirsty for battle, you can accept the powerful monster hunts that the inhabitants of the Orcanon ask you or find the Arena. Prepare your arsenal and be ready to fight waves of increasingly powerful enemies!
Astria Ascendant is a gorgeous, hand-drawn turn-based JRPG developed with the help of genre veterans, and it’s available to play today for Xbox One and Xbox Series X | S and with Xbox Game Pass.
Explore the vast and beautiful world of Orcanon.
Visit five different cities populated by unique creatures and solve over 20 dangerous dungeons. With over 50 hours of playtime and a range of fun mini-games, including shoot’em ups, an original fantasy-themed card game, and challenging environmental puzzles. A great story of destiny and sacrifice Immerse yourself in a fascinating tale full of betrayals, sacrifices and terrors. A story based on adult characters, Astria Ascending offers a more mature experience and in-depth dialogue. A rewarding turn-based combat system.
Fight over 200 different monsters in addicting turn-based battles. Collect and summon legendary beasts into battle and enhance your power to wield legendary Cosmo Breaks. Meet an Unforgettable Group of Characters Choose from eight customizable player characters spanning a range of fantastic races and skills, and assemble a heroic team that must sacrifice everything to save the world. With 20 classes to choose from and an array of unique skills to master, their fate is doomed, but the world is not. A hand-drawn adventure, designed with skill and passion. Coming from a team of developers from Final Fantasy, Nier Automata and Bravely Default, Astria Ascending features full voice over in Japanese and English, a fully hand-drawn 2D world, and a dynamic weather system.
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