We’ll let you decide whether a plot penned by the writer behind Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy VII Remake is a selling point, but Kazushige Nojima is the biggest name behind Astria Ascending – a new JRPG for PlayStation 5 and PS4, set to release later this year. “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,” the press release reveals.
You’ll be exploring the world of Orcanon, “a richly imagined and fully animated 2D landscape with five cities and a dynamic weather system”. The art has been imagined by Akihiko Yoshida and Hideo Minaba of CyDesignation, while Final Fantasy XII’s Hitoshi Sakimoto is composing the score. “Work together to save the world, waging strategic turn-based battles using the innovative focus point system,” the blurb continues.
You can check out the announcement trailer above, which introduces the story and gameplay. The developer’s promising over 30 hours of gameplay here, with plenty of side-quests and mini-games to extend your adventure along the way.