Astral Chain is an upcoming video game that is created by PlatinumGames and published by Nintendo and is an exclusive game for Nintendo Switch. What makes this game so special is the incredible artwork of Masakazu Katsura and the ability two control two characters at once. This game is one of the August game releases.
Astral Chain creators
The games director is Takahisa Taura, he previously was the leading designer for Nier: Automata. Takahisa Taura is under supervision of Hideki Kamiya who is Devil May Cry and Bayonetta series creator. The game is visually stunning and features designs from a manga artist Masakazu Katsura. The artist is known for his work for Wing-Man, Shadow Lady, DNA2, Video Girl Ai, I’’s and Zetman.
Astral Chain storyline
The story takes place in the city called The Ark. The ark is an enormous, wealthy and multicultural city. But something terrible has happened that now threatens the Ark and its citizens. Mysterious dimensional gates have appeared in the city and through those gates very dangerous alien creatures have come to the city. The alien’s goal is to attack the people living in the city and to damage the land. The Ark city police has formed a special task force to fight with these aliens that threaten the existence of this city. The special task force is known as Neuron.
Just regular weapons will do no good when fighting the aliens and the city’s last chance is a unique living weapon that is called the Legion. To save the humankind and solve cases you as a rookie Neuron officer will be teaming up with your Legion.
Astral Chain gameplay
What’s most exciting about this game is that it gives you full control over two characters at once and that really will deliver you a thrilling experience. One of the playable characters is an officer who fights against aliens that are being called Chimera. And the other character is called Legion who is a Chimera who is captured and has been trained to fight for the humans not against them. The game director Takahisa Taura explains that there is a mystical link between these two characters that allows them to fight in tandem. Taura says that: “You may have noticed that the characters are connected by a chain. That’s not to say that I have a thing for chains, or anything, but that when you’re controlling two characters, that chain allows you to see where the other character is in relation to the one that you’re controlling.”
Astral Chain: a two or one player game?
As the director of Astral Chain explains: “I thought as I was developing the game that, of course, it could be made into that kind of system where it could be split up, but generally what I wanted to do is have one player control two characters at the same time. But the Switch actually has this great feature where, obviously, you can detach the Joy-Con and share play. We wanted to take advantage of that as well.”
Other features of Astral Chain
- By controlling two characters at once you can build stylish combos
- There are various Legions and every one of them has a different combat style and abilities. Players also can strategically change between Legions while being in real-time battles
- To add some even more mystery to the game you can explore the secrets of the dimension where Chimeras come from – Astral Plane.
- The setting of this game is full of details and exciting characters including your twin sibling
- Also if you like Astral Chain you should check out a similar game that is finally coming to Nintendo Switch – Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet .
Astral Chain will be coming to Nintendo Switch on August 30.