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Action Blockbuster Astral Chain Gets Eye-Catching New Key Art

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The Japanese Nintendo eShop has updated, and a new piece of key artwork for Astral Chain has appeared.

PlatinumGames is partnering with Nintendo to bring the action game to the Switch. Both companies have a long history of working together on games including The Wonderful 101 and Bayonetta 2 on Wii U, with the latter title receiving a remastered port to the Switch. Platinum is also currently working on another exclusive title for Nintendo’s machine: Bayonetta 3.

Additionally, Video Game Chronicle sat down with Atsushi Inaba, the Studio Head for Platinum Games for an interview. In the interview, Inaba denied that there was any connection between Astral Chain and Scalebound, the studio’s canceled Xbox One exclusive action game. This inquiry arose from how Astral Chain emphasizes the dual character relationship between the twin hero protagonists (which implies co-op or CPU control for the non-player-controlled twin), akin to the main character of Scalebound, Drew, and his dragon companion, Thuban.

Astral Chain is set to release on August 30, 2019.

Neither of Platinum’s other projects, Babylon’s Fall or the aforementioned Bayonetta 3, yet have release dates.

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Ubisoft Discusses How Uplay Plus Will Improve Communication With Players

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Ubisoft believes that its new subscription service Uplay Plus will help the publisher improve communication with players.

Alain Corre, the executive director of EMEA at Ubisoft, spoke to GamesIndustry.biz where he outlined the vision and strategy for the company’s new subscription service. He explained that Uplay Plus will help boost communication with players, and the feedback it receives will help improve Ubisoft’s games.

“The reason behind our subscription service… it gives more possibilities for our fans to play our games and we can talk to them. We can keep them in our worlds, we can discuss with them and—thanks to what they say and the way they behave—we can feed that back into our games development. When we are in control of that within our ecosystem, we feel it’s beneficial for our fans. That’s ultimately what we want to do; we want to have more contact with them, more interaction, listening more to what they want and improve based on what they say.”

Corre highlighted that Ubisoft will not solely focus its efforts on Uplay Plus; players will still be able to pick up any of the publishers games either physically or as digital downloads. He explained that the company’s strategy moving into a subscription service is to adapt with modern consumer tends of gamers.

“We are still keeping the traditional model whether they buy our games in a store or download them. It’s really a case of offering the possibilities. Consumers are evolving really fast, and we want to adapt to what they want and propose new things to them, as well as keep the other means of distribution.”

Furthermore Ubisoft revealed that Uplay Plus and all past and future games will be available on the Google Stadia. Ubisoft was an early vocal supporter of Google’s new console, especially as the upcoming console focuses solely on streaming games.

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