Astral Chain is a new action title from Platinum Games and a Switch exclusive

By Stephany Nunneley, Wednesday, 13 February 2019 23:00 GMT

Astral Chain from Platinum Games was announced for Switch during tonight’s Nintendo Direct presentation.

Astral Chain is a new action game from Platinum Games, and is being directed by Nier: Automata’s Takahisa Taura, and supervised by Bayonetta’s Hideki Kamiya.

Character were designed by none other than Masakazu Katsura, the artist behind manga and anime such as ZETMAN and Video Girl Ai.

Here’s the synopsis:

As part of a police special forces unit in a multicultural, near-future cyberpunk metropolis, players work together with a special living weapon, the Legion, in a synergetic action system of battle and exploration.

After the game’s announcement, the official website went live with the following message from studio head Atsushi Inaba. We’ve shortened it a bit, but you can read the full thing at the link.

We’ve been working on Astral Chain for a while now, but we’ve had to keep it under wraps until now. But now that it’s announced, you won’t have too long to wait I’m sure some of you were surprised to hear that an all-new, original title is on its way so soon.

The idea for Astral Chain came from none other than Takahisa Taura, the lead game designer for Nier: Automata. Taura and his team – which includes veterans of such classics as Bayonetta and Nier:Automata – have worked very hard to make his ideas into reality with Astral Chain, his directorial debut. Naturally, Taura’s no stranger to action games, but he’s pushed himself to new heights with the dual-character, Synergetic Action of Astral Chain.

Last but not least, the team has received supervision and guidance from none other than Hideki Kamiya, to ensure that Astral Chain has that special something that action game fans have come to expect.

I hope that all of you will join me in looking forward to this exciting, original title from one of our up-and-coming directors. I’m confident that you’ll enjoy it.

More details will be announced at later date. Until then, enjoy the announcement trailer.

Astral Chain releases on August 30.

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