Astria Ascending, a attractive fantasy Japanese role-playing recreation from Artisan Studios, was introduced Friday through the [email protected] showcase. The superbly drawn recreation with turn-based fight is scheduled to be launched in 2021, Artisan stated in a information launch.

While Astria Ascending is being developed by Artisan, which is primarily based in Quebec, Canada, and Montpellier, France, it options an array of contributions from respected names within the JRPG style — most notably, a rating by Hitoshi Sakimoto (Final Fantasy 12, Vagrant Story) and writing from Kazushige Nojima (Final Fantasy 10, Final Fantasy 7 Remake). Along with the sport’s reveal trailer, writer Dear Villagers posted a video interview with Nojima and Sakimoto on its YouTube channel on Friday:

Astria Ascending boasts an expansive fantasy atmosphere in a hand-drawn 2D artwork type. The announcement trailer is lore-heavy and goes over the fundamentals of the world. Players will get to discover a land known as Orcanon, the place numerous legendary races and cultures reside in concord. The world will provide a “fully animated 2D landscape with five cities and a dynamic weather system,” in line with Artisan.

Players will take management of the Demigods, whose mission is to struggle the Moises — floating ghostlike sphere creatures that threaten the stability of the world. In the sport, you’ll “pick from eight customizable player characters spanning a range of fantastical races and skills” as you assemble a staff of heroes.

“In Astria Ascending we wanted to explore how people cope in extraordinary times,” stated Julien Bourgeois, recreation director at Artisan Studios, within the information launch. “Each hero has their own perspective, but it’s the relationships they form with one another that truly brings the story to life.”

Astria Ascending is in growth on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.