In the past few days, Nintendo’s official PR Twitter account has released bits and pieces of new information, footages, and interesting details surrounding Astral Chain’s gameplay and inspirations.
In particular, Takahisa Taura, the game’s director, shared that Astral Chain’s story and art style has been largely inspired by Japanese police procedurals and sci-fi anime. You can read more about this on a comprehensive interview from our previous report.
In addition, on a recent tweet, Mr. Taura reveals that one major gameplay aspect of Astral Chain, where players summon and fight alongside their Legions, may have been greatly influenced by his childhood love for Pokemon.
Astral Chain launches exclusively for the Nintendo Switch on 30th August 2019.
Check out the latest tweets below:
Beast Legion Footage
Mount the back of the four-legged Beast Legion in #ASTRALCHAIN to pick up speed! The Beast Legion is the perfect companion to help you access areas you wouldn’t normally be able to, or even quickly avoid enemy attacks in battle. What a good boy! pic.twitter.com/oOQCX906d8
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) August 9, 2019
Mr. Taura’s Case Files 01: Legion Control
[Mr. Taura's Case Files 01]
“Controlling your Legion is important in #ASTRALCHAIN. You can hold down the ZL Button and use the right stick to control your Legion. I hope players will enjoy the unusual experience of controlling two characters at the same time with both sticks.” pic.twitter.com/47MAhwYFWp
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) August 6, 2019
Mr. Taura’s Case Files 02: Story and Art style Inspiration
[Mr. Taura’s Case Files 02]
“The story and art style of #ASTRALCHAIN is inspired by Japanese police procedurals and science fiction anime. The way you advance through the game is a hybrid system that’s greatly influenced by our previous titles.” pic.twitter.com/yBGhiXZLJF
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) August 8, 2019
Mr. Taura’s Case Files 03: Legion Summons
[Mr. Taura’s Case Files 03]
"In #ASTRALCHAIN, the player summons & fights alongside a Legion. I really love Pokémon, so maybe the idea of calling on another character to fight alongside was greatly influenced by my childhood gaming experiences of growing up alongside my Pokémon." pic.twitter.com/yK5jpRO5mw
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) August 12, 2019