Platinum Games and Nintendo announced that a new third-person, story-oriented action title called Astral Chain is due out exclusively on the Nintendo Switch on August 30th, 2019 later this year. The game takes many of Platinum Games’ classic combat traits and puts them together into a story-heavy title that mixes together various elements from different third-person titles into one big blockbuster adventure.
The game is about two techno cops who can call upon astral-mechs to help them during combat. The astral mechs are bound to the cops through psychometric chains, hence the title Astral Chain. Different mechs have different abilities, including bipedal swordsman or quadrupedal wolf-mechs that you can ride around on.
As mentioned, Astral Chain contains many of the mechanical standards you’ve come to expect from Platinum, including third-person shooting like Vanquish, fast-paced melee combat like Metal Gear Rising and NieR: Automata, but with some unique features such as exploration, environmental interaction, and fostering growth and upgrades for the mechs. You can check out the trailer below to get an idea of what the gameplay and visual style is like.
Hideki Kamiya is working as the supervising producer on the project to ensure that it turns out nice and sexy. Takahisa Taura, the director for Anarchy Reigns and Yoko Taro’s NieR: Automata, will be remaining tin the director’s chair for Astral Chain, while the characters are being designed by Masakuza Katsura, famous for Video Girl Ai and Zetman.
So it’s an all-star team of Japanese masterminds working on the game, so hopefully there are no worries about any potential Western influence on the way the game looks or plays. You can very readily see that all the women are designed to be attractive and comely, something that is now forbidden in Western-designed games.
The action is also fast and furious and doesn’t shy away from all sorts of different weaponry, including guns, swords, and chain-grappling.
The boss fights appear to be similar to Metal Gear Rising mixed with a little bit of God Eater. They’re definitely larger than life, but it looks like the action keeps the pedal to the metal just like McSkillet going 100mph in his McLaren supercar.
As mentioned, you can look for Astral Chain to drop exclusively on the Nintendo Switch starting August 30th, 2019 later this year.