Artisan Studios announces Lost Hellden, a 'hand painted' JRPG set to release for consoles and PC in 2025

Artisan Studios, the French-Canadian developer behind Super Neptunia RPG and Astria Ascending, has announced Lost Hellden, a 'hand painted' JRPG featuring 'Deep 2D' technology to mix 2D art with 3D gameplay. It is currently set to release in 2025 for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC (Steam, GOG, Epic).

The game features music & audio direction from Hitoshi Sakimoto (Final Fantasy XII, Valkyria Chronicles, Tactics Ogre, Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter, etc) as well as art illustrations by Takeshi Oga (Gravity Rush, Siren).

An announcement trailer, description, and screenshot set can be found below. The official website is here.

Welcome to Era, where every life comes with a price
Every Eran is bound to one of the Seven Deadly Sins before their first birthday
All their lives, people fight against their urges
A place in the Sacred Land of Hellden is promised to their immortal souls if they succeed
But if they fail and succumb to their Sin
A fate worse than death awaits them…

Lost Hellden?is a unique?hand painted JRPG?from Artisan Studios.

Take control of?8 unique highly customizable characters?through an epic mature story where the?7 Deadly Sins?guide your fate.

Witness a new?Deep 2D?technology allowing you to play in 3D in hand painted artworks with dynamic lighting and weather.

Introducing a?battle system mixing action and strategy?to allow you to play the way you like.

Story

On a planet called Era, people are bound to one of the Seven Deadly Sins before their first birthday via a religious ceremony called the Nexus Ritual. All their life, the inhabitants of Era have to fight against their urges. Should they fail and succumb, they transform into mindless and aggressive beasts. The Unio religion representatives – the Arkhons – ensure that everyone follows the rules and put down any monsters that appear in the cities.

One day, a woman gives birth to twins, something that never happened before. The Prime Arkhon, supreme leader of Era, conducts the Nexus Ritual himself. However, something goes wrong, and one baby is bound to all seven sins, while the other receives none.

The twins are taken to the capital, Avilah, where they are brought up as Arkhon apprentices. They are never allowed to leave the walls of the sanctuary…

But one day, Leht, the twin bound to the seven sins, manages to leave the city. His brother Cyphel is sent on a mission to find and bring him back. He is accompanied by two seasoned Arkhons, Gram and Enki.

The journey of Cyphel and Leht is one of self-discovery, one that will allow them to grow and become the people they were destined to be.

Characters

  • Cyphel Fyrbrand -?Since Cyphel was not bound to any Sin during the Nexus Ritual, his childhood was significantly easier than his brother's. He grew up to be a kindhearted, yet naive young man. Cyphel is usually obedient but he willingly follows Leht when he is up to some mischief.
  • Gram Stoneheim -?This strong woman taught the art of fighting to the twins. She can be harsh sometimes, especially with Leht, because she sees great potential in him. She is an Arkhon and works closely with Enki.
  • Enki Taillevent - Enki is an Arkhon and a teacher to the twins. He is less strict than Gram, sometimes he can even be seen as lax. His kind demeanor and his sense of humor make him a great person to be around.
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