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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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Decide France’s Industrial Future in New Railway Empire DLC

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Kalypso Media has announced new downloadable content for its rail management simulator title Railway Empire.

In the new ‘France’ DLC, players can build their railway in the wake of the exile of Emperor Napoleon III. The Third Republic has taken power following the collapse of the French monarchy, so players have the power to decide the industrial future of France.

Players can decide to help rebuild the country’s infrastructure (alongside the new “Eiffel Tower”), or to increase the strength of the country’s borders to prepare for military conflict.

The DLC is set between 1874–1890 and adds 10 train engines, over 12 tradeable goods, and 31 new cities, as well as new songs and characters. The map can be played in the Free Game and Sandbox modes.

Railway Empire: ‘France’ is now available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One for US$12.99. The game has also received a new update (Update 1.9).

Check out the trailer for the new DLC below.

OnlySP’s Rhain Radford-Burns discussed the importance of Railway Empire in the wider genre of historical games, noting that “the developer grants an insight into the importance of such seemingly menial tasks.”

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