Nintendo Switch's Astral Chain Looks Like Bayonetta In New Gameplay Video

Instead of witch time, is it astral time?

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Now Playing: Astral Chain - Release Date Gameplay Trailer | E3 2019

Nintendo's E3 2019 Direct brought us the release date for Astral Chain, the new action game from NieR: Automata and Vanquish developers Platinum Games. We did see some gameplay during E3 2019, but Nintendo just released a full 10 minutes of futuristic cop fighting action. Unsurprisingly, the Nintendo Siwtch exclusive's combat looks to have a lot in common with Bayonetta.

In the 10-minute video, there's lots of Witch Time-like dodging, fluid transitions between close-quarters and ranged combat, and flashy combo finishers. There's also exploration, character customization, and robotic dog petting. We even get a look at moves centered around the chain, like chain bind, where you wrap the chain connected to your companion around an enemy and temporarily lock them in place. It's all as stylish as any other Platinum Games title. Check out the gameplay video below.

Astal Chain was announced during a February 2019 Direct and takes place in a futuristic city occupied by special forces units paired with living weapons called Legion. The game oscillates around this core mechanic, as you pull off combos and explore with the assistance of the robotic creature. It's directed by Takahisa Taura (NieR: Automata) and supervised by Hideki Kamiya (Bayonetta), so it's no wonder Astral Chain's combat looks familiar.

Astral Chain launches on August 30 for Nintendo Switch.

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