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The mature indie JRPG from Studios Artisan and Dear Villagers, Astria Ascending, was announced back in March for all platforms. At the time of its reveal, this reimagining of the formerly iOS-exclusive RPG ‘Zodiac: Orcanon Odyssey’ was announced to be releasing sometime this year. Thanks to a new trailer that was shown during today’s E3 Nintendo Direct, we now have a concrete release date for this hand-drawn 2D adventure:

Astria Ascending will finally arrive on all platforms on September 30th!



Explore the vast and beautiful world of Orcanon

Visit five different cities populated by unique creatures and solve more than 20 dangerous dungeons. With over 50 hours of game-play and a range of fun mini-games – including shoot ‘em ups, an original fantasy-themed card game and challenging environmental puzzles. 


A grand tale of fate and sacrifice

Immerse yourself in a fascinating narrative rife with betrayal, sacrifice and terrors. A story based around adult characters, Astria Ascending offers a more mature experience and extensive dialog.


A rewarding, turn-based combat system

Fight over 200 different monsters in captivating, turn-based combat. Collect and summon legendary beasts into the fight and build up your power to wield legendary Cosmo Breaks. 


Meet an unforgettable cast of characters

Pick from eight customizable characters spanning a range of fantastical races and skills, and assemble a heroic team that must sacrifice everything to save the world. With 20 classes to choose from and an array of unique skills to command, their fates are doomed, but the world is not. 


A hand-drawn adventure crafted with skill and passion

From a team featuring developers from Final Fantasy, Nier Automata and Bravely Default, Astria Ascending includes full voice acting in Japanese and English, a traditionally animated, fully hand-drawn 2D world and a dynamic weather system.”


Astria Ascending will rise on Nintendo Switch on Thursday, September 30th, and is available to wishlist now on the Switch eShop.





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Written by Marcus Ramirez

A writer and dreamer who loves all things tropical, bright, colorful, and shiny. Marcus is obsessed with Kingdom Hearts and patiently awaits its triumphant return to Nintendo hardware. He has a (totally real) court order that requires him to always have a 3DS or Switch on his person when leaving the house for more than a few hours.