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Platinum’s New Action Game Astral Chain Announced for Nintendo Switch

The renowned studio Platinum Games, known to make the most of its fruitful relationship with Nintendo,  has announced their new creation: Astral Chain.

The game stars two main characters that work for a futuristic city’s police force along with a “humanoid special weapon” called Legion. Legion looks to be the focal point of the title’s unique gameplay, having the ability to shapeshift into weapons and creatures.

A few prominent examples is its ability to turn into a massive bow and arrow type weapon, or a wolf-like creature that can attack and be ridden.

Some of the acclaimed developers behind the title are Masakazu Katsura, who has previously worked as a character designer in ZETMAN and Video Girl Ai, along with supervision from Hideki Kamiya, best known for The Wonderful 101 and Bayonetta, with Takahisa Taura assuming the role of director after recently completing work on NieR: Automata.

The trailer shows off a terrorist group trying to take down humanity, but the main focus is the game’s high-fidelity environments and pacy gameplay.

The game shows two characters in action at once, implying that some level of co-operative play may be possible. Little is known as how this system works, but the Direct stated that people to stay tuned for more news later.

Despite its implied co-op, the game will feature that quintessential Platinum affinity for single-player games.  Looking to be a mash-up of Vanquish and Bayonetta, the title is set to surprise like the rest of Platinum’s oeuvre.

Astral Chains launches August 30 2019.

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