Former Final Fantasy talent on board for eye-catching hand-drawn JRPG Astria Ascending •

Set for 2021 release on PC and consoles.

Artisan Studios has unveiled Astria Ascending, a new Japanese-style RPG being co-developed with Final Fantasy 7 writer Kazushige Nojima and FF12 composer Hitoshi Sakimoto.

Astria Ascending casts players as one of the eight demigods – Guardians of Harmony charged with protecting Orcanon’s world from the mysterious sounds.

There’s a whole lot more scene setting in the trailer below – including mentioning the wonderfully named “Harmelon,” an instinct-suppressing melon used to maintain harmony across the land – but the gist is that it’s a side-on , turn-based RPG with some very nice hand-drawn art.

Astria Ascending – Announcement Trailer.

Kazushige Nojima and Hitoshi Sakimoto – who discuss the game in a separate video – are on board as screenwriters and composers, respectively, further strengthening Astria Ascending’s connection to the 2015 iOS JRPG Zodiac: Orcanon Odyssey, which the pair also worked on.

Astria Ascending will launch later this year and will be available on PlayStation 4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S, Xbox Game Pass, Switch and Steam.