Promising a base game of 35 hours, doubling that when you take in the side quests on offer, players on all modern formats can now find themselves fully immersed in Astria Ascending. And if you’ve got a Game Pass subscription, that world will open itself up for free.
Available to purchase and download right now on Xbox Series X|S (fully optimised), Xbox One, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch and PC, with Xbox Game Pass love thrown in for good measure, Astria Ascending comes about via a team of legendary JRPG devs, with Final Fantasy veterans Kazushige Nojima (narrative) and Hitoshi Sakimoto (composition) both in place.
Priced at £33.49 or included in your GP subscription, Astria Ascending will thrust you into the lands of Orcanon as you go about fighting against your destiny, attempting to save the world. Whilst many may be calling for a decent new turn-based JRPG to hit home, many more will no doubt just be drawn in to Astria Ascending thanks to the delightful hand-drawn visuals and vast world that is on offer. When you then consider an epic storyline, rewarding combat opportunities and a whole ton of customisation for those looking for it, and you’ve got a tasty little recipe.
It tells of a world where chaos looms, as 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 that previously mentioned seventy hours of gameplay for those looking for 100% 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.
In all, you’re looking at Astria Ascending delivering the following features…
- Explore the vast and beautiful world of Orcanon – Visit five different cities populated by unique creatures and solve more than 20 dangerous dungeons. With over 50 hours of gameplay and a range of fun mini-games – including shoot ‘em ups, an original fantasy-themed card game and challenging environmental puzzles.
- A grand tale of fate and sacrifice – Immerse yourself in a fascinating narrative rife with betrayal, sacrifice and terrors. A story based around adult characters, Astria Ascending offers a more mature experience and extensive dialog. A rewarding turn-based combat system – Fight over 200 different monsters in captivating turn-based combat. Collect and summon legendary beasts into the fight and build up your power to wield legendary Cosmo Breaks.
- Meet an unforgettable cast of characters – Pick from eight customisable player characters spanning a range of fantastical races and skills, and assemble a heroic team that must sacrifice everything to save the world. With 20 classes to pick from and an array of unique skills to command, their fates are doomed, but the world is not.
- A hand-drawn adventure crafted with skill and passion – From a team featuring developers from Final Fantasy, Nier Automata and Bravely Default, Astria Ascending includes full voice acting in Japanese and English, a traditionally animated fully hand-drawn 2D world and a dynamic weather system.
The only question you really need to concern yourself with is whether or not you can put by the 70 odd hours that this is going to demand from you. If the answer is yes, head to the digital store of your choosing right now and grab a download. If it’s no, pick it up in Game Pass, spend an hour or two with what it has to offer and then find you can’t actually give it up after all.
Let us know which format you’ll be playing Astria Ascending on. If you want the Xbox version (optimised for next-gen), the Xbox Store will cover you.
As one of the Fated Eight, explore the world of Orcanon where twelve ancient beasts dwell, and fight against your destiny to save the world in this hand-drawn, turn-based RPG