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Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Astral Chain launch shipments announced for France

It's always interesting to hear just how many units of a game Nintendo is prepping for launch in a region. It gives you a slight idea of how well they're expecting a game to sell. Today we get that data for both Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Astral Chain as they pertain to France. These are day-one allotments for these titles.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

- 50,000 copies of the standard edition
- 6,00 copies of the Seasons of Warfare Edition

Astral Chain

- 20,000 copies

Astral Chain - full story/gameplay synopsis

PlatinumGames have added an official page for Astral Chain on their website, and it includes a synopsis of the game itself. Check out the full details below.

The Ark: A massive, prosperous, multicultural city. But disaster strikes when mysterious dimensional gates appear, bringing dangerous alien creatures to the Ark to attack the people and corrupt the land. The Ark police form a special task force, known as Neuron, to face the alien threat head-on.

Humanity’s last chance against invasion is a special living weapon called the Legion. As a rookie Neuron officer, you and your Legion will work together to solve cases and save humankind.

ASTRAL CHAIN gives you full control over two characters at once for thrilling Synergetic Action, courtesy of PlatinumGames. Switch between several Legion types and skills to save the world your way.

ASTRAL CHAIN features character designs by the acclaimed mangaka Masakazu Katsura (ZETMAN, Video Girl Ai), and marks the directorial debut of PlatinumGames’ Takahisa Taura (designer of NieR:Automata). Hideki Kamiya, director of Bayonetta and writer/supervisor of Bayonetta 2, provides supervision.

Work together with the Legion – the ultimate living weapon!

Humanity’s last hope against the extradimensional invasion is the Legion – a living weapon, tethered to a human controller. You and your Legion will work together to fight off alien monsters – and crack police cases, while you’re at it. Synergetic Action is all in a day’s work at Neuron!

Team up with your Legion for coordinated attacks on one enemy…

… or take on multiple foes at once!

Astral Chain - reveal trailer analysis

We analyze the debut trailer for the latest action game from PlatinumGames; Astral Chain! Just how does this game work and what sets it apart from other Platinum productions? Join us as we take an in-depth deep dive into the Nintendo Direct trailer!

PlatinumGames elaborates a bit more on the team involved with Astral Chain

PlatinumGames has put up a blog post about the reveal of Astral Chain, which we learned about during this week's Nintendo Direct. While the post doesn't give much in the way of new game info, it does share a better look at the team working on the title.

With today’s Nintendo Direct, we at PlatinumGames are proud to show off our latest project: ASTRAL CHAIN, a thrilling new Synergetic Action game for Nintendo Switch. We’ve been working on ASTRAL CHAIN for a while now, but we’ve had to keep it under wraps until now. But now that it’s announced, you won’t have too long to wait – It’s coming to Nintendo Switch on August 30! I’m sure some of you were surprised to hear that an all-new, original PlatinumGames title is on its way so soon!

The idea for ASTRAL CHAIN came from none other than Takahisa Taura, the lead game designer for NieR:Automata. Taura and his team – which includes veterans of such PlatinumGames classics as Bayonetta and NieR:Automata – have worked very hard to make his ideas into reality with ASTRAL CHAIN, his directorial debut. Naturally, Taura’s no stranger to action games, but he’s pushed himself to new heights with the dual-character, Synergetic Action of ASTRAL CHAIN.

ASTRAL CHAIN brings you to a bold, near-future cyberpunk metropolis, featuring character designs by Masakazu Katsura, the acclaimed artist behind beloved manga and anime like ZETMAN and Video Girl Ai.

Last but not least, the team has received supervision and guidance from none other than Hideki Kamiya, to ensure that ASTRAL CHAIN has that special something that action game fans have come to expect from PlatinumGames.

I hope that all of you will join me in looking forward to this exciting, original title from one of our up-and-coming directors. I’m confident that you’ll enjoy it.

Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Super Mario Maker 2, Dragon Quest XI S, and Astral Chain to include Traditional/Simplified Chinese and Korean support

Nintendo has shared some great news for those living in Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, and South Korea. A number of games discussed during yesterday's Nintendo Direct will include Traditional/Simplified Chinese and Korean support.

The games to include that support are The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Super Mario Maker 2, Dragon Quest XI S, and Astral Chain. Even better, all of these titles will release in these areas at the same time as the rest of the world.

Astral Chain getting a Collector's Edition in Japan

Astral Chain, a new title from Platinum Games, was revealed for Switch earlier today. While the game was shown in all regions, Japan got something special with the reveal.

A Collector's Edition of the game is on the way to Japan, complete with the game, a soundtrack CD, and an art book. There's no word on plans for a similar offer in NA/EU at this time.