Update: Astria Ascending has now been confirmed to be hitting Xbox Game Pass for Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One on September 30. A new trailer gives us a glimpse at the gorgeous art style, along with some new key features about the game to give players a deeper look into the upcoming JRPG.
- 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.
Original Story: Artisan Studios has announced Astria Ascending, a new RPG backed by some of the team behind the Final Fantasy series, will be coming Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One via Game Pass later this year.
With a narrative from Kazushige Nojima (Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy VII Remake) and a score by Hitoshi Sakimoto (Final Fantasy XII, Vagrant Story), the latest RPG looks as though it's in good hands. Astria Ascending follows an epic story where players control a team of Demigods to take on a evil force. It's said to be packed full of content, so get ready for a long fantasy journey.
"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, twenty-five dungeons and thirty hours of gameplay up to fifty for 100% 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."
With games such as Octopath Traveler, Dragon Quest XI and this hitting Xbox Game Pass, JRPGs are coming in thick and fast to the service. With the Final Fantasy talent behind it, we have our eyes on this one. Hopefully we hear more release details very soon.
Are you interested in Astria Ascending? Let us know in the comments below.
This looks gorgeous. It's impossible to overstate how important these games are for Xbox. It gives the platform diversity, something that it was sorely missing last gen, and while it has some way until it matches Nintendo & Sony in that regard, MS are doing a great job at addressing the deficit. 😁 A super happy Xbox Series X customer here.
A wonderful adquisition for Game Pass. Day One.
My interest is peaked but the character designs don’t grab me at all.
Looks intriguing. Obviously I still need to see more to commit the likely playtime these games usually require, but giving the talent involved and the genre, I plan on keeping an eye on this one.
As somebody else said, it's nice to see another JRPG to continue making their new gen lineup their most diverse one in quite some time.
It looks like a mobile game imo. Which is probably intended to be portable to mobile, especially for Japan.
Not quite sold. The 2d environment with 2.5d battles, the fact that the main ff connections are the music from 12 and the writer behind X don't inspire confidence.
But..... It's a jrpg. On xbox. For free... Why not?
I wanted to add something to the conversation, but you said all there is to it. 👍🏻
Q) Are you interested in Astria Ascending?
A) With an artstyle reminding me of a Vanillaware game, a race that look like the Crystal Chronicles Lilties, and turn based combat, I can certainly say I'm interested in this game. I look forward to learning more about this game, and if it continues to interest me, hope for a physical release.
@NEStalgia A poster PushSquare pointed out he also did the OG FFVII. Confidence should be restored
@mousieone your definition of confidence must mean something different from mine . Wherever came up with Jenova should not be allowed to make video games.
@NEStalgia “whenever” came up with Jenova ? hmmmm ?
@mousieone whomever. Darn you Google keyboard!
I’m cautiously excited for this, though I think it will be up to the story...I like most of the added story elements Nojima added to ff7r, but I really am not a fan of ffx’s story...I feel like that was the beginning of the fall for the series. Of course, I know most people enjoy x, so I’m probably in the minority here.
Something about the animations and some of the faces is off-putting for me. It looks all kinds of wrong.
Goodjob. Keep up with the good work. This genre diversity is very essential for popularity of Game Pass and Xbox hardware. One of the main reason of Sony's success is their ability to make their platform a plural enviroment. Limiting the platform to shooters is the defection that MS should overcome.
Keep em coming, Phil! You keep bringing them, ill keep laying down the $$$!
Day 1 for me this looks amazing.
It's looks so amazing. Can't wait to try this out.
This is the kind of game we want! Bravo!
@NEStalgia It's predecessor "Zodiac: Orcanon Odyssey" was a mobile game. Simple, yet fun!
I'll probably try it, but why are her legs so long? Lol
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