Astral Chain: Release Date, Story, Trailers, and More

Astral Chain

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PlatinumGames has been enjoying a fruitful relationship with Nintendo for a good while now. The Japanese game development studio has created several unique titles for Nintendo’s consoles, such as MadWorld, Infinite Space, The Wonderful 101, and Bayonetta 2. Nintendo even tapped PlatinumGames to help them work on the Wii U’s Star Fox Zero.

In 2019, PlatinumGames is prepping another one of its signature high-octane action games. And this time, it’s coming exclusively to the Nintendo Switch. With the director of Nier: Automata (Takahisa Taura) and the creator behind the Bayonetta series (Hideki Kamiya) working on the game, plus character designs from manga artist Masakazu Katsura, Astral Chain is looking to be one of the year’s best.

Before you join the game’s future police force, check out everything there is to know about Astral Chain.


Astral Chain Release Date & Playable Platform

Astral Chain

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Astral Chain will launch exclusively for the Nintendo Switch on August 30, 2019.


Astral Chain Reveal Trailer

ASTRAL CHAIN – Announcement Trailer – Nintendo SwitchASTRAL CHAIN is a new action game from PlatinumGames, directed by Takahisa Taura, known for his work as the game designer on NieR:Automata, and supervised by Hideki Kamiya, creator of the Bayonetta™ series. As part of a police special forces unit in a multi-cultural futuristic city, players work together with a special living weapon, the…2019-02-13T22:34:28.000Z


Story

Astral Chain

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Astral Chain takes place within a futuristic setting known as “The Ark.” This artificial locale acts as a massive metropolis and is home to the remaining remanents of humanity. The Ark’s lengthy time of peace is suddenly disrupted once numerous dimensional gates begin appearing and bringing in all sorts of dangerous alien beings. These demonic beings are referred to as “Chimera.”

Astral Chain

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In order to beat back the incoming threat, humanity creates its own task force known as “Neuron.” Neuron heads into battle with a brand new living weapon labeled “Legion” that works in conjunction with the Neuron officer it’s attached to. The Legion creatures are essentially repurposed Chimera creatures that have been captured by Neuron and put under their control. As a rookie officer, you’re tasked with working alongside the rest of Neuron and their Legion allies in order to save humanity and investigate the source of the alien threat (their home dimension is known as the “Astral Plane”).


Gameplay

Astral Chain

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Astral Chain sticks to the hyperactive action gameplay PlatinumGames is known for. The game’s “Synergetic Action” system lets you simultaneously utilize your custom Neuron officer and its chosen Legion creature during battles. There are several Legion types to choose from that come with their own combat style and special abilities. The Neuron officer and Legion being can focus their attacks on a single foe or target separate enemies. Two human players can even fight alongside each other and their Legion allies during co-op battles. Players can rely on both melee and ranged combat options. Besides taking down the alien threat endangering The Ark, players can also perform typical police work duties (such as investigative work and case solving).

Astral Chain

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During an interview with Polygon, Takahisa Taura provided more info on Astral Chain’s overall mission structure:

There are several separate levels that are linked together by the base, which is the police station. Essentially, crimes or incidents will occur, and the player will leave from the police station to go to the crime scene, where they will battle enemies, investigate crimes, and look around and find things. You can go back to the levels that you’ve already cleared and try to replay them. You know how Bayonetta proceeded in a linear fashion and Nier [Automata] had kind of those large, open areas where you could explore and find additional things? [Astral Chain] is in the middle of those two.


Trailers

ASTRAL CHAIN – Nintendo Switch Trailer – Nintendo E3 2019The few survivors of a massive global disaster gather together in a futuristic megacity. Now it’s your job to protect them against otherworldly invaders–but you’re not alone as a member of a special police task force equipped with sentient armaments called Legions. In this brand-new action game from PlatinumGames, control the protagonist and a Legion…2019-06-11T17:53:46.000Z

ASTRAL CHAIN Gameplay Pt. 1 – Nintendo Treehouse: Live | E3 2019Get to know the ins and outs of combat and investigation in ASTRAL CHAIN, a brand-new action game from PlatinumGames! And stay tuned for more coverage of the game from E3 2019. Follow Nintendo E3 coverage: http://e3.nintendo.com #ASTRALCHAIN #NintendoSwitch #E32019 Subscribe for more Nintendo fun! https://goo.gl/HYYsot Visit Nintendo.com for all the latest! http://www.nintendo.com/ Like Nintendo…2019-06-11T21:57:45.000Z

ASTRAL CHAIN Gameplay Pt. 2 – Nintendo Treehouse: Live | E3 2019See the full power of Legions in combat and stick around to witness director Takahisa Taura show us how it’s done in ASTRAL CHAIN, a brand-new action game from PlatinumGames! Follow Nintendo E3 coverage: http://e3.nintendo.com #ASTRALCHAIN #NintendoSwitch #E32019 Subscribe for more Nintendo fun! https://goo.gl/HYYsot Visit Nintendo.com for all the latest! http://www.nintendo.com/ Like Nintendo on Facebook:…2019-06-12T21:38:12.000Z

ASTRAL CHAIN – Action trailer (Nintendo Switch)Get a closer look at the synergetic action of ASTRAL CHAIN, coming exclusively to Nintendo Switch on August 30th. Pre-load the game now: https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-Switch/ASTRAL-CHAIN–1513766.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=youtube&utm_campaign=AstralChain%7CActionTrailer%7Co3PUR%7Cm_id_66t7E84KVp%7C1513766%7Cw30 Facebook Nintendo Switch: https://facebook.com/NintendoSwitch Twitter Nintendo UK: https://twitter.com/NintendoUK Twitch Nintendo UK: https://twitch.tv/NintendoUK Instagram Nintendo UK: https://www.instagram.com/nintendouk/ YouTube Nintendo UK: https://bit.ly/2cREWfu #ASTRALCHAIN #NintendoSwitch2019-07-26T15:00:04.000Z

ASTRAL CHAIN – Story Trailer – Nintendo SwitchThe few survivors of a massive global disaster gather together in a futuristic megacity. Now it’s your job to protect them against otherworldly invaders–but you’re not alone as a member of a special police task force equipped with sentient armaments called Legions. In this brand-new action game from PlatinumGames, control the protagonist and a Legion…2019-09-09T21:30:01.000Z


Pre-Order

Astral Chain

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Astral Chain (sold here) is only available via a Standard Edition in the US. The Collector’s Edition is only available in Japan and Europe.

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