Astria Ascending Launches Tomorrow

Astria Ascending

By Paul Hunter

The beautiful JRPG-inspired Astria Ascending is launching tomorrow for PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and Game Pass. Anyone who's played classic Final Fantasy games should check this game out as it boasts a narrative written by Kazushige Nojima (Final Fantasy VII, FFX, FFVII Remake), score by Hitoshi Sakimoto (FFXII, Vagrant Story), and art from CyDesignation (Akihiko Yoshida and Hideo Minaba).

I first got a glimpse of this game back in March during the ID@Xbox presentation, and I've just been mesmerized by the game ever since. The entire presentation stands out from its gorgeous 2D landscapes to the wonderful soundtrack and the intense turn-based battles.

Here's the launch trailer so you can see this beautiful game in action:

The standard edition's launch price will be $39.99 on consoles and $34.99 on PC (both prices in USD). The game is also launching day on Xbox Game Pass.

Still want to know more? Here's the game's official feature list:
  • 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.
Astria Ascending is absolutely on my must-play list. I grew up playing games like Final Fantasy II, Dragon Warrior and Chrono Trigger and this game looks like it could be just as good as those classics. I'm most excited to check out the job system featuring classes like Black Mage, Guardian and Harnesser, plus I can't wait to see all the jaw-dropping summon spells. The wait's not long, Astria Ascending launches on September 30!