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Astria Ascending

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: RPG/Strategy
Publisher: Dear Villagers
Developer: Artisan Studios
Release Date: Sept. 30, 2021

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'Astria Ascending' Reveals Strategic Token Trading Minigame J-Ster - Trailer

by Rainier on July 23, 2021 @ 1:25 p.m. PDT

An epic adventure with the charm and pedigree of a classic JRPG, Astria Ascending tells an expansive story of fate, sacrifice and new beginnings.

Experience an epic story with rewarding, turn-based combat and expansive customization rendered in glorious 4K hand-drawn visuals.

In a world where chaos looms, players take control of the Demigods - a motley crew of eight heroes charged with the fate of the world. Each character has their own story, explored across five cities, 25 dungeons and 30 hours of gameplay up to 50 for 100 percent of completion.

Along with the finely tuned turn-based combat, players can try out a range of side quests and mini-games, including an original fantasy-themed token game.

Astria Ascending was developed in partnership with publisher Dear Villagers and boasts contributions from world-class JRPG developers, with a score by Hitoshi Sakimoto (Final Fantasy XII, Vagrant Story), narrative by Kazushige Nojima (Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy VII Remake) and art from CyDesignation (Akihiko Yoshida and Hideo Minaba).

With veteran Final Fantasy devs working on the upcoming JRPG Astria Ascending, it's only fitting for it to include a tabletop-style strategy game to follow in the footsteps of Triple Triad in FFVIII or Tetra Master in FFIX.

Astria's take on this style of game is J-Ster, a strategic contest where players move to steal an opponent’s tokens and grow their expansive collectible army.

J-Ster is a pastime enjoyed throughout Astria's universe, so players will frequently find opponents eager to battle.

Key Features:

  • Epic tales: Fight for the future while you reckon with the past; sacrifice everything, relinquish nothing. The story of Astria Ascending was developed in part by writer Kazushige Nojima, known for his work on Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy VII Remake.
  • Living landscapes: Travel the world of Orcanon, a richly imagined and fully animated 2D landscape with five cities and a dynamic weather system.
  • Unforgettable characters: Pick from eight customizable player characters spanning a range of fantastical races and skills, and assemble a diverse team of heroes. 
  • Rewarding combat: Work together to save the world, waging strategic turn-based battles using the innovative focus point system. 
  • A treat for the ears: With music and SFX from composer Hitoshi Sakimoto (Final Fantasy XII, Valkyria Chronicles), Astria Ascending is a heart-swelling joy to listen to. 

Astria Ascending is coming to PC (Steam), Switch, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and Game Pass on September 30, 2021.


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