Astria Ascending is a turn-based JRPG game made by Artisan Studio that promises players an epic story through hand-drawn 2D visuals that are simple but pleasing to the eye. Players will be invited to have an adventure in Orcanon, a place previously raised by the RPG game by Kobojo entitled Zodiac: Orcanon Odyssey.Long story short, Kazushige Nojima – writer for several Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts games, and Hitoshi Sakimoto – music composer for a number of JRPG games such as Final Fantasy 12 and Vagrant Story, took part in the development of the game. But unfortunately, Zodiac: Orcanon Odyssey did not get a good response from both critics and players.
Instead, Astria Ascending was finally created to revive the world of Zodiac: Orcanon Odyssey, complete with the return of Sakimoto and Nojima as composers and story writers. Even though the world will be the same, Astria Ascending still comes with differences, especially in the side of the story. Players will control 8 characters known as Demigods, on a mission against an enemy named Moises who threatens the balance of the world.
Announced at the ID @ Xbox event, Astria Ascending will have a gameplay duration of more than 50 hours, more than 20 dungeons to explore, a dynamic weather system, a variety of minigames and fantasy-themed card games. It is also stated that players can visit 5 cities inhabited by more than 200 different monsters and they can “collect” some legendary ones to fight with.
Astria Ascending is currently under development and is scheduled to be available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S, Nintendo Switch and PC.