Astral Chain

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Astral Chain
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Basic Information
Type(s)
Video Game
PlatinumGames
Nintendo
Third-person
Cyberpunk, Futuristic
Action
Nintendo Switch Game CardDigital Download
Joy-Con
Nintendo Switch
Nintendo eShop
Retail Features
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Ratings
This title has been rated T by the ESRBThis title has been rated 16 by PEGIThis title has been rated C by CERO
Main Credits
Masakazu Katsura
Takahisa Taura
United Nations International Release Date(s)
Nintendo Switch
August 302019
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Astral Chain (アストラルチェイン Asutoraru Chein?) is an action game developed by PlatinumGames for the Nintendo Switch, released on August 30, 2019. Taking place in the near-future, the game follows two rookie cops as they deal with invading beings from another dimension.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Astral Chain is an action game with elements of hack & slash gameplay. The player takes the role of an officer in the "Neuron" task force. Gameplay revolves around usage of the Legions, familiar variants of the chimera encountered throughout the story. The Legion is connected to the player via the titular "astral chain", and serve a range of functions to the player. The player has access to a total of five Legions, each with its own unique abilities, and can control one at a time. Legions can only be summoned for a limited time, with the limit being displayed in the UI.

The player character is purposefully silent and given a limited personality and a great deal of cosmetic freedom, in order to accommodate for customization.

Plot[edit | edit source]

Astral Chain is set in 2078. The world is threatened by "Chimeras", monstrous beings from a parallel dimension referred to as the "Astral Plane". The Chimeras, drag humans into the Astral Plane and leave behind destruction and corrupting "Red Matter" in their wake. The invasion has left humanity on the verge of extinction, with the survivors taking refuge in a megacity called "the Ark". To combat the chimera threat, the Ark's police force has created the "Neuron" Task Force to handle cases regarding the chimera. Additionally, a method has been developed to control Chimeras, turning them into familiars named "Legions". The player assumes the role of one of two twins (one male and one female), both of whom are rookie cops in Neuron: the player's character is given a custom identity, while the other twin is named "Akira Howard" (regardless of which gender they are). Other members of Neuron include Maximilian "Max" Howard, their adoptive father and Neuron captain; fellow field operatives Alicia Lopez and Jin Wong; dispatcher and former newscaster Olive Espinosa; and commander Yoseph Calvert.

Language Support[edit | edit source]

Console Language Support
Platform Interface Full Audio Subtitles
Nintendo Switch EnglishJapanese


Reception[edit | edit source]

Astral Chain has received a score of 37/40 from Famitsu.[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Famitsu review scores (8/20/19)" (August 21, 2019). Retrieved on August 24, 2019