The recent Nintendo Direct had many big surprises. But one of the biggest by far is that of Astral Chain by Platinum Games. There had been recent rumors that Platinum was working on another Switch exclusive, but it had been unconfirmed at that point. What’s more, the game feels like an extension of things they have done in the past. Gamers were blown away by the visuals, the unique combat, and more, and now, Platinum Games has opened up about it.
On their website, the head of Platinum Games shared this about the title:
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 – It’s coming to Nintendo Switch on August 30! I’m sure some of you were surprised to hear that an all-new, original PlatinumGames title is on its way so soon!
He went on to talk about how the game came to be and who’s working on it:
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 PlatinumGames 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. Astral Chain brings you to a bold, near-future cyberpunk metropolis, featuring character designs by Masakazu Katsura, the acclaimed artist behind beloved manga and anime like ZETMAN and Video Girl Ai.
The game is also being directed by Hideki Kamiya, so this is an all-star crew bringing Astral Chain to life! And this will be a huge get for Nintendo Switch fans when it releases in August.