Ar no Surge battle system detailed, Ion and Casti introduced
posted on 11.04.13 at 12:13 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Surge Concerto's Ionasal appears in upcoming PlayStation 3 RPG.

Ar no Surge

Gust shared new screenshots and details about its upcoming PlayStation 3 RPG Ar no Surge today, including the appearance of Surge Concerto main character Ion.

Find the new information below.

Battle System

Ar no Surge uses a tactical action turn-based battle system. The main character protects the heroine who possesses a strong song magic, and attacks the enemies that rush in. All the while the heroine sings her song magic, and when certain requirements are met, the song magic is invoked.

All the enemies on the field are displayed with “Wave.” Enemy groups are represented in one square, and crushing one group will result in another group coming in to attack. Red areas on Wave represent song magic’s range of effect. If you get your song magic to the maximum, all the enemies on the field can be taken out a single sweep.

Defeat Enemies Using Song Magic

The vanguard main character uses powerful skills in addition to attacks and items. It’s also possible, with the right timing, to reduce damage you receive during enemy turns. Use your attacks and skills, and when your Harmonics level reaches its maximum, you can invoke the powerful song magic.

The higher your burst value is, the higher your Harmonics gauge will rise and the easier it will be to raise your Harmonics level.

You can also defend the heroine against enemy attacks with well-timed button presses.

Song Magic

Song Magic is magic where the power of thoughts and feelings are embodied in song. The power of song magic is made in proportion to the thoughts and feelings of the singer. Because the results are decided by the thoughts and feelings of the singer, song magic can be used outside of battle as well—such as to douse fires and heal the injured. However, there are currently few people who can use song magic.


  • Casti Rianoito – A girl who lives in the town Felion, where the humans live. She is a user of song magic that changes thought and feeling into power, and by using this power, acts as a member of the elite organization Plasma, which is controlled directly by Princess Amato. She is a part of a special human-only strategy team within Plasma known as “Genometh,” however although this team largely moves in two-man cells, it is only Casti who is without a partner, and the number of times she attacks is not large. By the way, on the weekends she helps out at the Delta restaurant as a self-styled sign girl (a pretty girl who attracts boys to the diner).
  • Ion – It is said that Ion is a girl who knows the ways of the world. Her real name is Ionasal.kkll.Preciel. She acts on one certain volition, but currently no one knows its whereabouts. She is actually a careless person who loves to work with her hands. She carries materials from someplace (who knows where) and builds suspicious machines and tools.

Ar no Surge is due out for PlayStation 3 in Japan on January 30.

View the screenshots at the gallery.

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  • fyi1191

    Interesting battle system. The problem is will it get localize? Consider that the VITA one didn’t.

    • TheExile285

      The Vita one was a VN/Dating Sim

      Those rarely make it over regardless. This an actual RPG. It should have a decent chance of being brought stateside.

      • Leon_Tekashi

        If it does, it might get more people interested on the characters, causing Ciel No Surge to finally get localized.

        • Elvick

          Unless Tecmo Koei let someone else do it, I doubt that. I can’t see them doing it at all.

          • LordKaiser

            Reason why I didn’t liked the fact of them taking over Gust.

            • Budgiecat

              Tecmo is not Sega or Capcom or Namco (which I’ll say has been improving lately….but still no Gundam wtf??)

              They for the most part release their games overseas. Sometimes they hold back on stuff like Samurai Warriors or the Nobunaga Online and Uncharted Waters Online series but pretty much the majority of their library is localized. Whatever dispute they had with Nintendo on the quality of Fatal Frame IV however stopped that from being localized, which in turn probably stopped any hope of Fatal Frame II remake from being localized in the U.S. (it made it to Europe though) though all that is more of a problem with Nintendo’s lack of 3rd party support for the Wii then.

              Shame we never got the original Zill O’ll rpg or the horror game Seven Magic Mansions though.

      • kurosan9712

        It’s even worse than that. If it was JUST a VN/DateSim, I’d have totally liked it. The sad thing it isn’t.
        It is a mad mashup of a social game, pseudo-ZeroPlayerGame(you do something, but rarely and the time you don’t do anything is a lot greater than time you do something) and a datesim.
        Social features include Sharls(they are generally like cards in social games, as they are pretty random even if you generate a QR-code with certain parameters), which, when they restore Ion’s memory, can be called from other players besides yours, the boards and other insignificant crap.
        By pseudo-ZPG i mean that most things you can do is give some orders to Ion, and go away while she does something like gathering, crafting, whatever.
        Generally, the player doesn’t exist in Ciel no Surge. The player(you) communicates with Ion through “a small machine”(she defines it like that) which suddenly appeared in Ion’s room, so it’s to be expected you can’t do much.
        Oh, but you can sleep together after an event. Not that it gives you anything at all.
        (Btw, she actually can sit for good 40 minutes in the toilet. Hell, just what does she do there for so long? Even when I bring my Vita/3DS/PSP into the toilet, the maximum is 25 minutes)
        And datesim is an obvious part. After a bit of time, and I think after chapter 1(which can take a lot of time, considering Sharls are pretty slow, if you don’t get a lucky rare one which does things 3 times faster) you can date Ion. Date spots are mostly DLC, btw.

        If you want to know, I didn’t buy the game, it was on JPN PS Plus when I had a subscription, so I tried it. Awful crap. Nearly no gameplay, so even a freak like myself, who likes datesim games, dislikes Ciel no Surge.

        • aquagon

          And thanks a lot for leaving outside the description of the Dream World, which is the main reason anyone plays Ciel Nosurge. Without it, the rest of the game falls apart due to not having a story to follow.

          • kurosan9712

            Following the story takes too much time, which I’ve mentioned, lol.
            When it takes so much time, any enjoyment from the story barely exists.
            Besides that, the story itself isn’t really interesting. Maybe it becomes more interesting after chapter 2, but that’s payed DLC, and I didn’t want to waste money on that trash.

            • aquagon

              There’s a reason why everyone that has been playing through the game has been praising the story, characters, setting and music, and it isn’t like each new chapter is so costly to make it a waste of money, especially considering the newly released pack that unlocks all chapters released thus far costs 900 yen.

              Plus, you can’t really complain about it because you got only the first chapter for free and you didn’t seem to even know what you were getting into.

              • kurosan9712

                2nd is free too. Isn’t much better to me, though. I was never an Ar Tonelico fan, so maybe that’s the reason I didn’t get interested in it’s story or setting. However the thing about game itself being awful isn’t wrong anywhere.

        • Budgiecat

          Sounds like a waste of time. Why do these Japanese developers insist on making this crap?

          • LordKaiser

            And how you know the game is crap? has you played it? Does the cute pigs attacking makes it moeblob already?

        • Kobracon

          I youtubed it and the music still sounds amazing though.

  • Kobracon

    WHOA! The announcement of this game flew waaaay over my head! A new Ar Tonelico game? Are you serious? YEEEEEES!!!! I cannot WAIT for more amazing music from this series!

    Not to mention all dem feelz from the Dives.

  • DesmaX

    And here’s a video of the battle system (Poor quality, but whatever):

    • Sevyne

      Video quality aside, the game itself is looking really good.

  • Demolish

    wow,what a beautiful Game RPG,make another one 4 ps4 plzzzz T.T

  • Sentsuizan_93
    • Leon_Tekashi

      Looks interesting and fun.

    • FitzpatrickPhillips

      dat music

    • Raiyu

      Gameplay looks really interesting

    • りんごタルト@エスカのアトリエ

      I feel I’ll get tired of the battle system quickly.

    • Kobracon

      *gasp* It looks like the AT2 Battle System! YES!! I like AT3 but AT2 had the best battle system of the 3. And that Song Magic song! Aaaaah I can’t wait!

  • LordKaiser

    I liked it so it will be welcome. Why do I need next gen again?

  • Anime10121

    I…I… Think I want this more than any other current gen JRPG announced period. C’mon KT. Please localize the living hell outta this!

  • FelixJRPG

    Mann, this is how ar tonelico qoga’s battle system should be… Definitely looking forward to this game!!!

    • りんごタルト@エスカのアトリエ

      I forgot the third game was titled Qoga.

      • Kevadu

        Well, only in the west actually.

        • Arcana Gear

          yep, to attract new consumers, they tought if they put a 3, many people would give up buying cause it’s the third game of a series.

        • りんごタルト@エスカのアトリエ

          Thank you, Captain Obvious.

  • Elvick

    This looks lovely as hell.

  • Sai

    Holy crap

  • Sai

    So this is like Ar Tonelico 4 with AT2 battle system. I love Tsuchiya.

  • Eclipse

    Very nice! This is definitely my most anticipated PS3 title.

  • Arcana Gear

    So excite! this is sounding everything that AT3 should have been.

    • Kazkari

      It wasn’t so bad apart from the character models, battle system and the purging. The characters themselves were okay.

      • Arcana Gear

        ohh i guess i worded it bad, i luved AT3, i wouldnt recommed to friends, but as a long time fan, i loved it, the purging aside, it had cocona, humor, decent characters, girls that i wanted to have more cosmosphere (the shared cosmosphere system is one of the major disspointments to me), and a great ending to the triology, when i finally saw them in ground level and people beggining to descend… ^o^

  • Budgiecat

    I was hoping for a more mature less moeblob face considering she is supposed to be older and the game seems to be more serious in nature.
    Especially with how the main character is designed and doesn’t look like your typical 14 yr old mop headed J-Pop anime kid with huge eyes

    • Kobracon

      Meh its not that bad. Its not like Atelier Meruru at least.

    • りんごタルト@エスカのアトリエ

      Ion will sell the game, not the protagonist, silly.

    • LordKaiser

      They don’t look that young at all. Not every style of art has to be like Clamp or Masamune Shirrow.

  • Pekola

    This color choices are so peculiar. Everything is so orange, yellow and red.

    Btw, wasn’t there supposed to be a robot in the party too?

  • HarryHodd

    One of my most anticipated PS3 games. Looks and sounds nice.