This gorgeous indie RPG had a helping hand from Final Fantasy veterans

Astria Ascending sets a storybook style with music from Hitoshi Sakimoto and contribution from other large name JRPG devs.

Astria Ascending emits the vibe of outside the box game designers shooting their fantasy gave: It’s a Japanese-style RPG being made by a French studio, in a joint effort with a portion of their JRPG saints. Craftsman Studios, situated in Quebec and Montepllier, France, has collaborated with FF12 author Hitoshi Sakamoto, FF7 essayist Kazushige Nojima, and other Japanese game dev veterans to make a turn-based RPG around eight “mythical beings” saving the world.

What they’re saving the world from, I’m not exactly sure—yet dependent on the video editorial from Nojima above, it sure seems like the huge danger in Astria Ascending is drugs. All things considered, a natural product, actually, that influences the conduct of the individuals who eat it. So: Drug organic product. (Natural product drugs?)

The organic product ‘Harmelon’ “smothers individuals’ senses,” clarifies Nojima, which I expect implies it prevents them from executing one another. Astria Ascending’s reality is loaded with your standard spread of imagination races: Fish individuals, reptile individuals, bird individuals, and so on, and keeping in mind that eating Harmelon assists them with keeping the harmony, it accompanies disadvantages for each race. The bird people, for instance, can’t fly too any longer. “That is the topic I need to talk about in this game,” Nojima says. “What is our ‘Harmelon, in actuality?”

I’m wary of a game about drug melons having any profound knowledge into human race relations, however it appears as though Astria’s greater spotlight is on its eight principle characters, who are maneuvered into administration as diving beings in this dreamland’s variant of a military draft. They may not all be hesitant legends, yet it seems like they’ll have private matters to work through while satisfying their parts as saints.

“The subject is ‘the idea of equity,'” Nojima disclosed to me over email. “Ulan and different diving beings have been enabled to satisfy equity; that is their day by day life and they do it well. Be that as it may, they all have individual issues—fundamentally family matters. The mythical beings realize that they and their families vigorously impact the episodes they defy, yet they actually represent equity. Yet, is there any equity in betraying their own families?”

Anyway the story ends up, I need to say Astria Ascending is an exceptionally beautiful game, at any rate in still pictures. The style seems as though idea workmanship was thudded directly into the game and made playable. It’s fixed on a 2D plane, which strikes me as a shrewd method to make each separate an outside the box RPG sparkle while as yet keeping the spending plan sensible. To make up for the restricted point of view, game chief Julien Bourgeois disclosed to me the levels have some verticality to them, and you’ll get natural capacities over the long run to open up new ways in old regions. The designers guarantee there’s a ton to investigate across five urban communities and 25 prisons.

What I truly need to find out about is the turn-based fight framework—I’m utilized to JRPGs going hefty on the figures of speech and settings that mistake formal people, places or things for subtlety, however the battle is what that will make me stay. I attempted to get a few subtleties out of Bourgeois, who wouldn’t disclose excessively. “Everything I can say until further notice is that we are presenting an imaginative framework called ‘Center Points’ that permit characters to boost their productivity in fight,” he said. One other goody: You’ll have the option to effectively trade characters out fighting to utilize every one of the eight diving beings.

Astria Ascending doesn’t have a set delivery date yet, past at some point in 2021. It’s hitting consoles and PC, and will likewise be on Xbox Game Pass. I have my fingers crossed for a sound test mode, on the grounds that any new Hitoshi Sakimoto soundtrack is, without a doubt, getting put on circle.