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Astro Boy: Edge of Time

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Strategy
Developer: Active Gaming Media
Release Date: June 20, 2017

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'Astro Boy: Edge of Time' Gets Release Date - Screens

by Rainier on June 16, 2017 @ 11:20 p.m. PDT

Based on the work of the Godfather of Manga, Osamu Tezuka's universe, Astro Boy: Edge of Time is a digital collectible card game that brings together Astro Boy, Phoenix, Black Jack, and many others.

This game takes the shared universe of characters and the Star System that Tezuka created over his illustrious career and continues the story in a whole new setting. Drawing from themes and narratives previously established or hinted at in Tezuka’s work, our aim is to reintroduce these wonderful worlds to fans old and new. This is the world of Astro Boy: Edge of Time.

Dark forces beyond understanding have consumed nearly all that exists. Ripped to shreds, left for dead, those that find themselves still alive find hope in an unseen power that transports them safely to a city known as The Sprawl that exists outside the normal flow of time and space. Out of reach of evil, human and robot alike work together to survive in this harsh strange new world.

Citizens from all of these different universes start to integrate with each other, and 8 districts are formed by the newly established government to properly govern and protect the people. Peace reigns in The Sprawl for a time, until the demon king Goa invades The Sprawl from beyond. 

The skies above The Sprawl turn blood red, as Goa’s invasion fleet arrives, and Astro, Magma, and other heroes gather to protect what little they have. Aiding them in battle are a new breed of hero: summoners. Able to use “cards” to manifest hard light construct versions of those they’ve met, the summoners are able to create entire armies with the flick of their wrists.

Despite successfully repelling the Goa invasion, many of the heroes sustain heavy damage. Magma now sleeps in the center of the city, the new governmental building built around his motionless body. Astro is nowhere to be seen, leading many to ask: Where Is Astro Boy?

On the 20th June, 2017, Project Atom & Active Gaming Media will be releasing the English and Japanese versions of Astro Boy: Edge of Time on Steam (for free, in-game purchases available), with a brand new mode added to the game: Tournament Mode. This will allow players to experience all the cards in the Astro Boy: Edge of Time universe during thrilling battles against other opponents online.

Tournament mode is a game mode which allows players to play 5 online matches using a special tournament-made deck. Participating in these online matches can earn players rewards based on how many times they attain victory. 

The deck used for tournament mode is unrelated to the decks and cards already owned by the player, but rather a deck created upon entering tournament mode by selecting desired cards from an offered selection. This allows players to play with cards that they don’t own yet. Once creating the deck, the player will go head to head with other players for 5 games. 
Since tournament mode allows players to battle with a special deck, they can enjoy a variety of different strategies when compared to normal online matches.  

Rules and Rewards for Tournament Mode

-    You can participate in the tournament mode for 150 Prisma or $1.50.
-    Choose between two randomly chosen factions.
-    Select 2 cards from a selection of 5 randomly chosen cards until a full deck of 30 cards is made.
-    After 5 online matches, the rewards stated below are offered in accordance to your number of wins. 

0 Wins: Basic Pack x1
1 Win: Basic Pack x1 & 50 Prisma
2 Wins: Basic Pack x2 & 50 Prisma
3 Wins: Basic Pack x2 & 125 Prisma
4 Wins: Basic Pack x3 & 125 Prisma
5 Wins: Basic Pack x3, Golden Pack x1 & 125 Prisma

Key Features:

  • Unique Positional Combat: players have access to two rows in combat: an offensive row where cards are able to attack the enemy, but cannot protect the player, and the defensive row where cards defend incoming attacks but are unable to initiate attacks.
  • Reimagined Characters: Fresh new redesigns of Tezuka’s most famous characters crafted by Japan’s most legendary illustrators.
  • Story Mode: Experience a whole new adventure with Astro and other famous Tezuka characters that intertwines a deep storyline with unique card-based combat.
  • Multiplayer: Battle other players in multiple ranked and unranked online modes and prove yourself as the best summoner in The Sprawl.
  • Ongoing Development: The experience is always growing! Regular updates for ASTRO BOY: EDGE OF TIME will add new cards, new story mode episodes, and new multiplayer modes, so there’s always something new around the corner.

You play as a summoner, equipped with a powerful deck of “cards” that allows you to summon mighty heroes from across time and space to fight to defend your new home. In the full game, players build decks of 30 cards to take down mighty foes and defend The Sprawl or take on other players in a plethora of ranked and unranked multiplayer modes.

On the battlefield, each player gets two rows upon which to place units: The aggressive Enforcer row, and the protective Guardian row. Units placed from your hand in the Enforcer row can attack the enemy player and its units, but won’t be able to protect you from direct attacks. On the other hand, cards in the Guardian row are able to protect you from direct damage, but cannot initiate combat.

In addition, each card has a unique skill that will either passively activate when the right conditions are met, or are manually activated by the player when the time is right.

In addition to commanding Tezuka’s characters on the battlefield, players will also have access to Gear cards, powerful cards you can play during your turn to change the battlefield, buff units, or completely obliterate your enemy.

Music is an incredibly important part of a game, and Astro Boy: Edge of Time is no different. Legendary electronic music composer Giorgio Moroder (Scarface, Metropolis) has already provided a new theme song for the game, while game music legend Akira Yamaoka is providing music for the rest of the soundtrack.

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