Next RPG Asterigos will feature ‘a hub-based world where choices matter’

It’s kind of rare to see a modern RPG opt for a cartoonish aesthetic over the earthy palettes and grim realism we’ve become accustomed to. But the first gameplay trailer for Asterigos: Curse of the Stars shows us that a little Pixar touch might not be such a bad thing. The action RPG of the new Acme Gamestudio outfit has just been listed on Steam with a release window for ‘Fall 2022’.

The game puts you as Hilda, a warrior who goes in search of her father in the city of Aphes. The city and game mythos are “inspired” by Greek and Roman myths, but looking at some of these monster designs and the scientist-type guy in the lab coat, it’s clear the developers aren’t holding back stylistically.

I contacted developer Acme Gamestudio to learn more about the game’s world, and they confirmed that “Asterigos is not an open world game. It’s more like a hub-based, semi-linear game.” The world appears to be dense rather than vast, situated in the city of Aphes and the surrounding desert.

The developer also confirmed that “there are many options to impact the story for both the main story and side quests”, but declined to reveal more for fear of spoilers.

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The combat feels pretty fast-paced and gives me flashbacks to Kingdoms of Amalur, which isn’t bad. You’ll be able to wield two different weapons at the same time, and I’m especially enjoying the elegant Shaolin style you can do with the spear.

The trailer shows a good variety of boss-type enemies, including a giant blue crocodile in a swamp, an oven-headed burly guy in a dungeon, a large, wild boar-looking beast. According to the Steam page, there will be over 22 bosses throughout the main story and side quests – a much healthier and more sensible number than the terrifying 200 players of that one. other great RPG of 2022.

Asterigos looks ready to hit Steam this fall.

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