Gorgeous, Indie Japanese Mecha-Shmup “Astebreed” Gets a Definitive Edition

Playism has announced a definitive edition for indie Japanese developer Edelweiss’ gorgeous shoot ’em up, Astebreed.

The new definitive edition of the game comes with a new arrange mode, optimized controller support, various upgrades, improved visuals, new songs, new story parts, and more. Featured above, you can view a new trailer for the definitive edition.

Here’s a rundown of what’s new in the definitive edition of the game:

  • New arrange mode
  • Optimized controller system
  • Added and improved upgrades
  • Adjusted enemy arrangements and patterns for all stages & difficulties
  • Additional episodes and scenes adding to the story
  • Adding new songs
  • Improved graphics and 1920×1080 support
  • Improved 3D models
  • Improved textures and higher resolution
  • New compression format to improve details, lighting etc.
  • Improved backgrounds and detail effects
  • Various other things

If you already own the game via the Playism Store or Steam, you’ll get the definitive edition for free. Otherwise, newcomers will have to pony up for the game’s new price point at $19.99. There’s no word yet on when or if this update will hit the PlayStation 4 version – we’ve reached out to Playism for clarification.

Astebreed is now available for PC, Mac, and PlayStation 4. In case you missed our review for the PC version of Astebreed, you can find that here (we highly recommend it!).

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  1. Anon_Amous
    November 6, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    >If you own it you get the definitive edition for free

    WTF cool. I love this game.

  2. Annie T. Mood
    Annie T. Mood
    November 6, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    Oh, good, I thought they abandoned the Steam version entirely in favor of the superior PS4 version.

  3. LEGIONARY1234
    November 6, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    Exelent news

  4. PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS
    November 6, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Hey I have this on Steam but never really gave it a chance. Didn’t realize it was so highly regarded.

  5. [Your Unoriginal Name Here]™
    [Your Unoriginal Name Here]™
    November 6, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    Have this game on Steam and PS4 and it is awesome. It’s cool that we’re getting the Definitive (Im surprised that kind of edition still exists) update for free on Steam.

  6. Justin Williams
    Justin Williams
    November 6, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    That looks really, really good.

  7. Ebicentre
    November 6, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    If this free update doesn’t come to the PS4 version, I’m deleting my app. Not worth it in that case.

  8. Mr0303
    November 6, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    The original game had some cool ideas, but it was rather short and all the story segments were during gameplay, so I didn’t really get invested. Still a good upgrade.

  9. Exien
    November 7, 2017 at 1:53 am

    Awesome love the game,I had the pionts system off and simply enjoyed the game. It was rather short but really fun.

  10. Baron Krause
    Baron Krause
    November 7, 2017 at 3:12 am

    Did they actually improve the PS4 version when they ported it?

  11. GameZard
    November 7, 2017 at 3:25 am

    Nope only free on PC. :)

  12. 2501
    November 7, 2017 at 6:12 am

    Just opened up my steam, found out that its automatically updated and ready.

  13. DukeMagus
    November 7, 2017 at 6:37 am

    Now it only needs a CO op mode. Would love to play this game with my brother.

  14. Annie T. Mood
    Annie T. Mood
    November 7, 2017 at 8:54 am

    More cutscenes, improved focused-shot lock controls, new game modes, etc. etc. Likely to have updated graphics & models, too.
    Could be more but that’s about all I can remember from reading online and comparing some PS4 playthroughs. Steam version didn’t have any of that and according to the update thing, the Steam version was last updated on December of 2014 while the PS4 release was somewhere on 2015.

  15. Mea K
    Mea K
    November 7, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Always thought this game had way too much distracting shit going on to succeed as a shmup, but I appreciate the free upgrade.

  16. Baron Krause
    Baron Krause
    November 7, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    I would probably get the PS4 version anyway, but its so BS when Japanese indie devs do that. Like they just use the PC version to gain money so they can make their Playstation version while simultaneously not updating the original by pretending that horrible moment in their life where they had to stoop to making PC games never existed.

  17. GameZard
    November 8, 2017 at 6:42 am

    As long as it is not on Vita.