Publisher Astrolabe Games and Chinese developer FUTU Studio will release an RPG Souls of Chronos for PlayStation 5, Switch and PC via Steam on February 14, the companies announced. It will support English, Japanese, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese language options.
Here’s an overview of the game, via Astrolabe Games:
Souls of Chronos adopts a classic isometric JRPG experience, mixing with action gameplay for its battle system. Playing as the duo of “Sid”, a young boy yearning for the outside world, and “Tori”, a mysterious, time-bending “Chronus”, players will experience their adventures in the port city of Astella and beyond.
The game is divided into five chapters. In this intricate interweaving of events, the choices players have made throughout the game will ultimately lead to four different endings and determine Astella’s fate.
The Background: A Post-Apocalyptic New World
Fifteen years after the catastrophic event known as the “Apocalypse”, the world is still in an era of great anxiety. Even Astella, a port city far from the center of the Vallois Empire, is no exception.
Local gangs, slum dwellers, outside forces and secret societies – all these factions clash over their own agenda and interests. Under such tension, the fragile peace at Astella is on the verge of slipping back into full-blown conflict.
In a world where time has great power, a new species appears with a unique gift. The Chronus possess the ability to control time itself through their special power, Chrono, and are bound to their human partners, the “Bound”, through the mysterious Chrono Pact.
Here in Astella, a young boy named Sid longs to escape this small port town and explore the world beyond, but his plans are suddenly interrupted when he finds himself caught up in a dangerous and mysterious case. With the help of his Chronus partner, Torii, Sid embarks on an exciting journey that will test the limits of their bond and threaten to overturn the very order of the world.
The Characters: Friends of Astella
Bringing their visions and beliefs, as well as their unique personalities and circumstances, various characters will join Sid and Torii in uncovering the long-kept mysteries of Astela.
As Sid, you have the power to make alliances and shape your own personality through your actions and dialogue options. Choose wisely, as your decisions will determine the fate of the various factions in Astella. Team up with those you trust and work together to defeat the menacing storm that threatens the land.
The Battle: Forge Your Own Style: Customizable Weapons and Time-Bending Chrono Power
As Sid’s partner, Torii will also join the fray and fight alongside him. As they level up, players can choose different skills to master different fighting styles. Also, with the progress of the story, the couple will be able to unlock new mechanisms.
As a powerful Chronus, Torii can unleash his special Chrono power to manipulate time during battle anytime you’re at a disadvantage to turn the tide. Sid, on the other hand, can choose two weapons to equip at once, from a total of six distinct weapon types, each with their own upgrade path – Find the fighting style that suits you best and fight some of the most fearsome enemies. !
Watch the launch trailer below. Check out a new set of screenshots at the gallery.