Astral Chain Gets Launch Day Fanart From NieR:Automata and Bayonetta’s Character Designers

Astral Chain Gets Launch Day Fanart From NieR:Automata and Bayonetta’s Character Designers

Astral Chain's launch is bringing out some creative fanart from two well-known character designers: Mari Shimazaki and Takahisa Taura.

Twitter has been abuzz with discussions surrounding PlatinumGames’ latest IP Astral Chain, which launches today for Nintendo Switch. To celebrate, two character designers Takahisa Taura (from NieR:Automata) and Mari Shimazaki (from Bayonetta, Bayonetta 2) have taken to the social media site and posted some lovely fanart for the game.

The first piece we see is a quick draw from Taura on Nintendo America’s official Twitter, a cute rendition of the police force’s mascot character Lappy. Along with the brief clip he also shares what he enjoys the most about the game:

Next we have Shimazaki’s fanart, posted on the official PlatinumGames Twitter account. It depicts the twin protagonists and a very happy Bayonetta posing alongside them (more like posing with the male twin but still). It’s a fun way to wish a good release for Astral Chain:

In case you’re interested, here’s a full sized version of Shimazaki’s art:


You can check out the launch trailer for the title here, which gives us a good overview of the game. There’s also several developer blogs that delve deeper into the title from the art direction to the music to the environment itself.

Astral Chain‘s protagonists are part of a police force named Neuron. This means that not only must players deal with Chimera-related incidents, but you also need to do police work.  The protagonist can control five different Legion with each one having their own specifications. There’s also a beginners’ mode and activating this mode allows players to automatize various actions, making gameplay much easier.

Astral Chain isn’t the first part of a trilogy unlike what was recently reported. There’s also another full trailer, which touches on some of the RPG and explorations features, and a reveal of the game’s box art and sizeAstral Chain launched today exclusively for Nintendo Switch and you can order it right now on Amazon.

This post contains affiliate links where DualShockers gets a small commission on sales. Any and all support helps keep DualShockers as a standalone, independent platform for less-mainstream opinions and news coverage.