February 2, 2023

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Former Final Fantasy talent onboard for striking hand-drawn JRPG Astria Ascending

Artisan Studios has unveiled Astria Ascending, a new Japanese-style RPG being developed in conjunction 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 the world of Orcanon from the mysterious Noises.

There’s plenty more scene-setting in the trailer below – including mention of the delightfully 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.

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