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Astral Chain Originally Featured Over a Dozen Player Companions



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PlatinumGames has revealed that its action RPG Astral Chain originally featured over a dozen Legions, the player’s companions.

Legions act as an extension of the player character that can be utilised independently to pull off some seriously stylish combos. Astral Chain features five Legions: an archer class, a heavy axe wielder, a sword swinger, an “arm” Legion, and a beast-shaped Legion. Marumi Nakajo, an animator at the studio, disclosed some outlandish concept arts for some insane and downright bizarre rejected ideas during a developer blog.

While the idea to have some of the designs feature as Legions was scrapped, some of the assets used to build these creatures were repurposed to create some of the enemies players will get to face in the game.

The team thought that having five extremely polished and presentable Legions was more crucial than dozens of barely utilised ones.

Despite only five of the Legions featured in the game, the combat in Astral Chain already looks to be a complex escapade that can be used as simply or stylishly as the player chooses. PlatinumGames spoke in more detail about the combat at E3 earlier this month. The studio revealed earlier this week that Astral Chain was originally a fantasy game.

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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 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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