Japanese role-playing game fans have been spoiled quite a bit lately. Between a classic series like Persona and newcomers like Yakuza: Like a Dragon, it has been a good time for fans of the genre. In fact, it has even been hard to put aside the time for some of these great, multi-hour RPGs. Or maybe I am just bad at time management? Yeah, probably that one. Now a new challenger has entered the ring with a reveal trailer for Astria Ascending.
Astria Asending is being published by Dear Villagers, a smaller publishing company that has brought out other titles like Edge of Eternity and Ashwalkers. But the big news is that talent behind the game has worked on numerous Final Fantasy games over the years. The score is by Hitoshi Sakimoto of Final Fantasy XII and Vagrant Story fame. Kazushige Nojima of Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy VII Remake fame is writing the narrative. Last but certainly not least, the art will be coming from CyDesignation, specifically Akihiko Yoshida and Hideo Minaba.
If those names aren’t familiar to you, then their work definitely will be. Yoshida has worked on dozens of Final Fantasy titles over the years, and he was the main character designer for Bravely Default and its sequel. He is also the main character designer for the upcoming remake of the original Nier, Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139… Minaba is another Final Fantasy veteran who also did character designs for Granblue Fantasy.
A spiritual successor to JRPGs of old
In Astria Ascending, you will take on the role of the Demigods, a group of eight heroes who will determine the fate of the world. Each character will have a unique story, and you will travel through five cities, over 20 dungeons, and rack up over 50 hours of gameplay (for completionists). Astria Ascending will also have a unique “token game,” but no further information has been given about that. You can also expect turn-based combat in the vein of JRPGs from yesteryear. There will also be plenty of side quests for players to explore, as well as mini-games.