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 radiates the vibe of non mainstream game engineers 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 arranger Hitoshi Sakamoto, FF7 author Kazushige Nojima, and other Japanese game dev veterans to make a turn-based RPG around eight “diving beings” saving the world.

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

The natural product ‘Harmelon’ “stifles individuals’ senses,” clarifies Nojima, which I expect implies it prevents them from slaughtering one another. Astria Ascending’s reality is brimming with your typical 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 drawbacks for each race. The bird people, for instance, can’t fly also any longer. “That is the subject I need to examine in this game,” Nojima says. “What is our ‘Harmelon, in actuality?”

I’m doubtful 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 primary characters, who are maneuvered into administration as diving beings in this dreamland’s adaptation of a military draft. They may not all be hesitant saints, however it seems like they’ll have private matters to work through while satisfying their jobs as legends.

“The subject is ‘the idea of equity,'” Nojima disclosed to me over email. “Ulan and different mythical beings have been engaged 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—predominantly family matters. The diving beings realize that they and their families intensely impact the episodes they go up against, however they actually represent equity. Be that as it may, is there any equity in betraying their own families?”

Anyway the story ends up, I need to say Astria Ascending is an extremely beautiful game, at any rate in still pictures. The style appears as though idea craftsmanship was thudded directly into the game and made playable. It’s fixed on a 2D plane, which strikes me as a savvy approach to make each separate an independent RPG sparkle while as yet keeping the spending plan sensible. To make up for the restricted point of view, game chief Julien Bourgeois revealed to me the levels have some verticality to them, and you’ll get ecological capacities after some time to open up new ways in old zones. The engineers guarantee there’s a ton to investigate across five urban areas and 25 prisons.

What I truly need to find out about is the turn-based fight framework—I’m utilized to JRPGs going weighty 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 unveil excessively. “Everything I can say until further notice is that we are presenting an inventive framework called ‘Center Points’ that permit characters to expand their effectiveness in fight,” he said. One other goody: You’ll have the option to effortlessly 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.