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Astral Chain started out as a fantasy game about magic, new direction influenced by Ghost in the Shell, Appleseed, and more

Things changed up quite a bit

Did you know that Astral Chain was originally going to be a fantasy game that focused on magic? That tidbit of information comes from a Polygon interview with director Takahisa Taura. Check out the discussion below about the change from fantasy to cyberpunk, and the influences picked up along the way.

P: In the past few years, cyberpunk has become trendy again.

TT: First off, I should start by saying that we didn’t start working on Astral Chain thinking we’d make a cyberpunk game. We were actually trying to make a fantasy game where you would use magic.

What you see now is the result of talking a lot with Nintendo along through the development process, because we realized that there were lots of other games set in a fantasy setting. We wanted to make Astral Chain stand out among other games. And that’s what you see now.

P: So it evolved from fantasy to cyberpunk?

TT: Yeah, that’s right.

While we were making it, actually, I was influenced by a lot of different anime that I liked. For example, Ghost in the Shell and Appleseed. And we used designs like that as a motif to build the setting that you see before you now.

P: Were there other films or books or media that influenced the visual design, particularly of the future city, the Arc?

TT: I should mention that Masakazu Katsura is the character designer for this game. He draws a manga called Zetman. Which is another type of science fiction manga. A lot of what you see before you is influenced by the type of environments of his manga.

Astral Chain is the result of all the types of Japanese anime and other things that I like, put into one place.

Nintendo Europe shares shipment size for Astral Chain in France

Better lock in that Collector's Edition preorder

Astral Chain will be hitting France later this Summer, and that goes for both the regular and Collector's Edition. Nintendo Europe was nice enough to share details on just how many units of each France can expect. Across all retailers in the region combined, there should be 2,000 units, which is quite limited indeed. As for the standard edition, 20,000 units will be stocked.

GameSpot Video - Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled and Astral Chain gameplay footage

We sent our best Crash Team Racing player to E3 2019, and the result was an absolutely dominating win at Tiger Temple. Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled comes out June 21, 2019 on Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch.

Thanks to a live gameplay demo on our E3 2019 stage show, we got to see how the anime cops of Platinum Games' Astral Chain will investigate crimes and take down bad guys when it comes to Nintendo Switch on August 30.

IGN Video - Astral Chain Gameplay Walkthrough

Get a new look at the E3 2019 gameplay demo for Platinum Games next title.

Nintendo shares 'Three things you might not know about Astral Chain' video

Did you know?

We talked to ASTRAL CHAIN Director Takahisa Taura at E3 2019 and he shared three facts about the upcoming title from Platinum Games you might not have known!

Platinum shares new gameplay footage for Astral Chain

Man, I want this game SO bad!

The official Japanese website for Astral Chain has been updated with a selection of new gameplay videos. All of that footage has been collected into one feature, which you can see above. I don't know about you, but this game is definitely sitting towards the top of my most wanted Switch titles.

Platinum Games opens official Astral Chain dev blog

See what makes the game tick

Astral Chain is coming to the Switch this Summer, and Platinum has plans to promote the game through an official dev blog. The blog will be giving a detailed look at the mechanics of the game, and how the entire project came together. Hit up the link below for the first dev blog installment!

Hello, everyone. PlatinumGames game designer – and director of ASTRAL CHAIN – Takahisa Taura, here. Today marks the beginning of our ASTRAL CHAIN developer blog series! Going forward, we’ll be sharing blogs from various members of our ASTRAL CHAIN team, giving you some extra insight into all the work that went into the game. I hope you enjoy this inside look at the game development process.

Check out the blog here

Get a better look at Astral Chain's Japanese Limited Edition

Japan is getting a Limited Edition of Astral Chain, which you can check out above. The package includes the game, an original soundtrack CD, and an art book. Looks like Europe is still getting the best option, as their Collector's Edition includes even more content.