Ar no Surge purification ceremonies, more detailed
posted on 11.18.13 at 09:09 AM EDT by (@sqexgal)
Meet new characters Saari, Prim, Jel, and Tentouki.

Gust has shared the latest details on Ar no Surge, its upcoming PlayStation 3 RPG based on the Surge Concerto series. New this week are details on city of Quantav and Genomirai Order, new characters Saari, Prim, Jel, and Tentouki, and more.

Get the full batch of information below.

World View

  • Quantav – A city governed by the archbishop of the Genomirai Order, a religious group that worships the mysterious life form Shal. Shal coexist with humans in a town built inside giant jet engines thought to be abandoned. The town has a steam-punk appearance, with things like rattling shafts, rotating turbines, and compressors. The neglected lower area has natural vegetation growing mixed in, creating a peculiar townscape.
  • Genomirai Order – A religious group that worships the mysterious life form Shal. It is said that entering into the Order will keep the Shal from attacking you. Right now many people professing this have gathered in Quantav, making it the base of the Order. Followers are required to constantly be improving their souls, regardless of day or night, they work hard disciplining their hearts and minds. Sometimes the archbishop will give followers a trial, but it’s said that each time there are not a few number of people who insidiously disappear from town.

Game Introduction

  • A world not yet experienced where you play the new musical movement Surge Concerto! – It stars the young man Delta and the mechanical weapon Arshes, along with several partners including Casti and Ion. A story of love and bonds around the planet that they revolve on. The full details on the new musical movement Serge Concerto will be revealed little by little.
  • A story revolving around two points of view – The story progresses in “zapping scenarios” that switch between parties Delta and Casti, and Arshes and Ion. By experiencing the story from two different points of view, various truths of the world are revealed.
  • Strong thoughts and strong bonds become the shield that protects her – The main character wields a weapon empowered by “song magic,” the magical incarnation of the heroine’s thoughts, providing a variety of skills used to take down enemies. If the song magic singing heroine takes a lot of damage, the main characters must shield them as much as possible, fighting while protecting the heroine.
  • Fifteen grand and magnificent songs rock the world! – Many mysterious yet grand melodies with impressive orchestrations and multiple choruses enliven the story to the utmost. Five princesses of song make up the group that brighten this title with their voices, including Akiko Shikata renown in the Tsuchiya Akira Project, the debut of Haruka Shimotsuki, and the highly anticipated new style of Yoshino Nanjo.

The Bond Strengthening Ritual “Purification Ceremony”

  • Purification Ceremony Outfit – In the sacred purification ritual, it’s necessary to appear wearing the outfit made for this purpose. Wearing this outfit makes it easier to harvest crystals.
  • Harvesting Crystals – Crystals are harvested through five parts of the body: head, arms, legs, chest, and abdomen. These are the parts of the body that conversations pile up, and also the spots where mutual relationships are deepened and the parts where contact is first made.
  • Talk Matter and Conversations – As the game progresses, you obtain conversation seeds called “Talk Matter.” At the purification ceremony point, conversations occur based on each Talk Matter, deepening the relation between characters.
  • Talk Matter Level – Even if you obtain higher level Talk Matter, you can’t use them if your relationship isn’t deep enough. You can level it up by using lower level Talk Matter enough times. When you level up Talk Matter you have a deeper understanding of your comrades.

Song Magic

  • Bridal Launch - Features a romantic figure wearing a bridal costume. By some method concocted by what seems to be unimaginable happiness, the enemies are kicked about.
  • Heart of Light - Song magic with parts like a vacuum tube. It has a lost technology-like ambiance. There is something like sharp fingernails, an aggressiveness lurking behind the prettiness.

Characters

  • Saari (CV: Yumi Shimura) – A specialist mechanic of the elite organization Plasma protecting Felion, her real name is Saari Plank. Since childhood, she possessed the exceptional ability to hold information, and once she reached the age of discretion, worked as a top-ranked hacker. Even after becoming part of Plasma, she exhibited outstanding skills in weapon science and simple medicine creation, as well as software programming. Though she is young, she alone bears the technical side of the organization. She is currently working on a top secret mission in Quantav.
  • Prim (CV: Sayuri Hara) – With the human vocal chords required to make song magic, she is a “human model” possessing the Genome’s ability to invoke song magic. She is the only “human model” with this ability. It is especially rare because the Genome are an extinct species. She is an existence that is rarely able to be seen.
  • Jel (CV: Meiko Kawasaki) – Jelilium Limonite. She is a young woman working for the archbishop of the Genomirai Order in the decommissioned city Quantav. An advocate of coexistence between Shal and humans, when believers are gathered in thanks, their place of discipline and trial is bestowed. She believes that a peaceful world can be created under the Shal who have a greater existence than humans, having a great influence over the ideals of the Genomirai Order.
  • Tentouki (CV: ???) – The empress in command of Felion, the town where people gather. She always has heavy, thick linkage attached to her body, and she never shows that form to her people. Tentouki is thought to be female since she has the title “Heaven Governing Princess”, but knowledge of her gender and age is limited strictly to the humans in Plasma.

View a new set of screenshots at the gallery.

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  • Gariya

    Exactly my kind of game. Console gaming needs more JRPG. Can’t wait.

  • Takane Shijou

    Still interested to see how they’ve evolved the combat system and such. Sounds like they used a few of the ideas from ATIII, but fine tuned them overall. Can’t wait to see more from this, love the world and music of the series.

  • BizarreJelly

    I wonder if Koei will localise this seeing as we didn’t get the vita games.

    • BizarreJelly

      I’m not quite sure why this warranted 3 unlikes, but then again I’m not particularly retarded.

  • http://twitter.com/M_Demolish Demolish

    i want nis america localization not tecmo koei >.<

    • Sevyne

      I don’t. While I appreciate that NISA brings over a lot of games that otherwise would never make it here, they are god damn terrible at localization. Tons of errors in spelling/grammar, very little is actually voiced, a lot of very important elements are changed (only to our own confusion), and they for some reason feel the need to pepper them with their crude and simply unfunny jokes. Keep NISA the hell away from it. I’d only want them doing it if they were the only way to get it.

      • Renaldi Saputra

        don’t forget that sometimes bug happened

      • LordKaiser

        But at least all their localizations kept the games as a disc release and most are fully dubbed.

        Who knows if Tecmo-Koei will bring this to the west and on disc.

        • Sevyne

          I prefer disc releases, but I’m not really extremely picky over it. I however do take issue with screwing up the localization for no reason at all.

          • LordKaiser

            I’m like that when a game was supposed to be released on disc and they do digital only for their own convenience.

  • aquagon

    Once again, an article with a large number of romanization mistakes:

    Saary Plank -> Sarly Planck (seen in the opening video for the game)
    Shal -> Sharl
    Jel/Jelilium -> Zir/Zirillium (Ciel Nosurge Genometric Concert vol. 2 booklet)
    Genome -> Genom

    And finally, we have the fact that “humanoid model” Genoms are referred to as “Hitogata” in-game, which can translate both to humanoid and doll. Plus, the original scans and article in 4gamer never stated she was the only Hitogata left in existence, which would in itself be a tremendous lie since one of the other characters mentioned here also happens to be a Hitogata herself.

    There also some mistranslations there: the crystals aren’t harvested, they are inserted in the points mentioned in the article, but the player won’t be allowed to insert them in some of the areas until they have talked (gotten enough talk topics) with the girl. It’s similar to how the player wasn’t allowed to Dive into deeper Cosmosphere levels in the Ar tonelico games without having obtained enough conversations with the girls.

    • BigDix

      Chill, son. It’s Gematsu, not “Ar tonelico Tower: Your source for Ar tonelico and Surge Concerto analysis, backstory, character bios, discussion boards…and more!”

      • aquagon

        Yet the final paragraph I wrote in there is a large mistake. There’s a large difference between saying that the crystals are harvested and that they serve as the focal point of the conversations (up to saying that the player has to choose to which body part they will talk to), instead of saying that they are inserted and said insertions require talking a lot to the heroine beforehand.

      • Odin

        There’s nothing wrong with being a little punctual when it comes to correctness, especially when it comes to AT’s world lore. He just wanted to point that out as a fan, nothing wrong with it.

        You might as well be equally annoyed with someone who’s into Xenosaga, for example, which actually uses REAL science, and has background lore just as rich, if not more so. I could delve into the various themes of Jung, Hilbert Effects, or discussion for or against God etc, but for most people it’s too convoluted or something.

        It’s Aquagon, haha. You should know better.

        • BigDix

          I didn’t jump down their throat. I was just advocating for perspective — no matter whether it’s Ar tonelico or Xenosaga, bits like the “Once again” preface and complaining about who is or isn’t a Hitogata aren’t really necessary.

          Let’s see though if we can get a chain of very mildly admonishing replies going here….

    • NanaMiku

      Adding one more, Gust only announce Noriko Mitose for the new artist. They still haven’t announce that Haruka Shimotsuki will join this project: http://social.gust.co.jp/pc/arnosurge/music_0104.html

      EDIT: Ah, leaked from the system explanation: http://social.gust.co.jp/pc/arnosurge/system_01.html

      • aquagon

        Shimotsuki was already announced in the Dengeki scans, actually. Her name also appears alongside Nanjo’s and Mitose’s in the ads for the Genometric Concert Side Red.

        • NanaMiku

          Ah, I only saw Mitose’s name in the last week scan.

  • Kobracon

    I can’t look away from the title pic….its too pretty….

  • LordKaiser

    We may get censore version or nothing thanks to Tecmo Koei….

    • MrKappa

      What are you talking about? TK has been pretty good with giving the fans what they want, if they release this game it will be up to standard.
      You sound more like you were speaking of NISA who would of censored the game, probably only half dub it and then deliver a sub par translation with tons of added jokes.

      • LordKaiser

        They didn’t had the money to get Fist of the North Star 2 full voiced and they released it digital only in the USA. Some people claims that Sony have a policy that excludes games with not English VAs from getting a disc release but where’s the source?

        I don’t want digital only release of disc based games and I want this game voiced. I don’t want a half job.

        • 永次

          The game is full voiced.

          • LordKaiser

            In Japanese

            • 永次

              Yes, thanks to god, the game is not dubbed.

              • LordKaiser

                I wanted a phisical copy

                • 永次

                  Import it from Europe, is Free Region

                  • LordKaiser

                    So I have to import games because of Tecmo-Koei shortcomings?

                    • 永次

                      Yes. What’s the problem?

                    • LordKaiser

                      My point stood

        • Gariya

          “Some people claims that Sony have a policy that excludes games with not English VAs from getting a disc release”

          These people aren’t aware of Yakuza apparently. The latest Yakuza NA release for PS3 only has JP voice, and that was only last year. Toukiden is also coming to NA both physical and digital with only JP voice.

          • Budgiecat

            Yakuza pulled some strings with their Yakuza intimidation skills…

          • Kodai Ichi

            “Some people claims that Sony have a policy that excludes games with not English VAs from getting a disc release”

            This is no myth, it’s Sony’s “unspoken rule”, and a source is not needed, when there is substantial proof to back it up. Both One Piece: Kaizoku Musou games were download only for NA, while EU got retail releases of these games. To put this into context, the rule is isolated to Sony’s NA branch, as the EU division appears to have no qualms with a game lacking english voice overs.

            Fist of the North Star 2 (just as LordKaiser stated) was another game that was download only because it did not have english VA’s. Warriors Orochi 3 also failed to get a NA retail release, due to it’s japanese only audio. In the case of Yakuza, it’s merely the fact that Yakuza was popular in it’s original inception, in fact, it was released here in NA with english VA’s on PS2. After which, it’s subsequent titles (starting with Yakuza 2) were Japanese voiced only.

            The point being…Yakuza is an established series, as opposed to a brand new IP altogether. Another exception to this rule would be the Dynasty Warriors (3) series, as it was originally introduced to NA with english voice overs, but it also had dual audio options, english or japanese. Which is something Koei Tecmo brought back, for Dynasty Warriors 8.

            That being said, Toukiden is an exception to the rule because it’s a cooperative project between Sony and Koei. So naturally it would be immune to the rule, in order to maximize Sony’s profits. There are numerous other games that were restricted to download only, I just brought up some of the most notable.

  • りんごタルト@エスカのアトリエ

    I find the protagonist too “manly” for a JRPG. I dunno what to feel.

    • Budgiecat

      That’s pretty pathetic. There’s a plethora of JRPG’s over history that have had mature looking leads. Really a sad state of affairs if you expect everything to look the same now…

  • Eclipse

    Really looking forward to hearing Nanjou Yoshino.

    I’ve already managed to pre-order the Agent Pack (Dat music box), so I’m all set for another incredible experience from GUST <3

  • talesoffan

    This would make my year next year if it comes westward (it better!)

    • Renaldi Saputra

      hmm Gust usually brings their stuffs to the west

  • Learii

    I hope this is not like “Ar tonelico” where you always need to protect the girl in battle

    • aquagon

      It’s already confirmed that’s how the game will play. The gameplay video that was shown around two weeks ago shows it’s a variation of the battle system from Ar tonelico 2, and the game would lose part of its essence if that wasn’t the case.

      • Learii

        oh that no fun

  • Warboss Aohd

    ‘looks at screen’
    ‘bashes face into desk repeatedly’

    den again, dis IS a Ar Tonelico game. I shouldn’t be surprised, well, guess we wait ta see da gameplay.

    • Kobracon

      I recall seeing some, it looks solid. Its the return of the Ar Tonelico 2 combat which alot of ppl thought was the best (me included) coz its very reminiscent of Valkyrie Profile.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mSEeF7XXoo

      • Warboss Aohd

        return ta Ar Tonelico 2’s combat? dat iz a good sign actually.

        fer all da panderin’, da first 2 gamez had pretty solid gameplay.

        • Kobracon

          Well the first was still a little iffy…but yeah I’d take that over 3s combat…

  • http://twitter.com/GNPixie Lynx

    You are familiar this is going to be taking a lot of aspects from Ar Tonelico, right?

    Brace for a lot of innuendo.

  • gerald

    Resorting to sexuality? That makes a game immature?

    It’s true that sex and violence are easy ways to spice up a game (or movie or whatever) but that doesn’t mean the whole game is cheapened by it.

    I wonder why people only react this way when it’s sex and not violence. Shooters and games like GTA are based around simple violence gratification but I rarely see gamers call that immature. Odd double standard that only sexuality is treated this way.

  • Kobracon

    If you expected something else from the Ar Tonelico series BESIDES fantastic music, then you are in the wrong place.

  • http://twitter.com/Sieghardt Sieghardt

    It is a mature RPG, that’s why it has adult relationships. If you’d actually played any of the games you’d know the absolute central theme to the game is deep emotional bonds of trust between the main characters. Character interaction is key to building relationships in any game, any story in any medium. These games do a fantastic job of intertwining it in exploration, gameplay and story, as the characters discuss everything from places they’ve been and foods they’ve tried to performance in combat and story events. As these things continue they forge a deeper relationship based on mutual experiences, things they’ve been through, in-jokes, agreements and disagreements.

    Disregarding that on the basis of being offended by seeing some flesh not only makes you seem immature but emotionally damaged as a person, which would probably be why you waste your life trolling comment sections

  • Wolf Star

    Here is another mature JRPG game that I’m getting soon.

  • Gariya

    Well, too bad for you.

  • talesoffan

    Oh no a girl in a bikini!!!! What are they gonna think of next?

  • Ladius

    To be honest, I don’t think completely ignoring a game’s lore, setting, characters, systems and OST just because of some fanservice makes much sense.

    I can understand this kind of attitude with shallow games where fanservice exist to mask an overall lack of contents and identity, but that definitely isn’t the case with Ar Tonelico, and Ar no Surge looks even more serious, if anything.

  • http://twitter.com/GNPixie Lynx

    I’m pretty sure AT sold fairly well in Japan.
    Not excellent by any means but not terrible.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Sold well enough to be loved dearly and get 4 games total including a spiritual successor.

  • Gariya

    I like the part where he suddenly moved goalpost from “Wahh this game has fanservice” to sales figure.

  • DesmaX

    That’s isn’t a JRPG, silly

  • aquagon

    It’s successor series to Ar tonelico, but it isn’t a direct part of it. And besides, if by that you mean that the characters don’t have any depth to them or that either Ar tonelico or Surge Concerto aren’t known by their intricate and complex world settings, I’m afraid you are quite mistaken.

  • aquagon

    And get expanded into a multimedia franchise that includes several manga tomes, light novels, setting books, albums with myths and legends of the game world, radio dramas, and an internet portal with additional storyline and setting information for both series.

  • Wolf Star

    Still it’s a Japanese game :) can’t wait ^^

  • BigDix

    I always say, the merchandise makes the game!

  • DarkLegacy

    And God Eater 2?

  • Wolf Star

    Yeah that too ^__^

  • Arcana Gear

    God eater 2…. i need it.

  • DarkLegacy

    And there’s Rebirth 2. I think I’ll be buying that too

  • DarkLegacy

    That makes three of us

  • aquagon

    It’s the same case, actually. Ciel Nosurge was serious to the point in which it pretty much lacked fanservice in the story scenes (the Dream World), despite having it to some extent in the segments of interaction with Ion.

    On the other hand, this seems like it’s going to be like either Ar tonelico 1 or 2: some fanservice, but of the kind that doesn’t intrude on the gameplay or main story.

  • Kobracon

    Oh I know. I love the world and the characters and the Cosmosphere is probably my fav part of the AT series but I didn’t bother going deeper coz I was replying to Budgie. If he can’t look past the artstyle, then everything I would have said would have been a waste of breath.

  • aquagon

    Hmm, in that case, I can only apologize for my previous reply, and I agree with that sentiment.

  • Budgiecat

    The artstyle is conflicting to me. The male character looks too well designed, as well as the setting to be seen with the generic moeblobs. I wanted more respectful looking mature females to match his art style.

  • Kobracon

    Aaah its fiiiine. No harm, no foul :D

  • Pekola

    I know people see this and immediately think OMG PANTIES AND PANDERING.

    And I think there’s a part of that, I have no doubt. But these games have amazing characterization that isn’t usually seen in games. From mundane to serious. It’s a very interesting mix.

  • Budgiecat

    If you want an example of a mature JRPG play Crimson Shroud, Ogre Battle, Xenogears, or Radiant Historia. Natural Doctrine looks pretty good so far…

    This was looking promising (mature main character’s a man not a little boy, backgrounds have a cyberpunk look) until they showed the moeblob females…and lack of a proper rpg party…

  • Kobracon

    Ok well, baring the title picture, how much have we seen of the girls? And what about them makes them so moe to you? Coz I’m looking at the title pic and I really don’t see Moeblob. Thats like K-On or Oreimo or something when I hear Moeblob.

    That? That looks respectable imo, her breasts aren’t mega size, her eyes aren’t ginormous or anything…

  • LordKaiser

    Exactly what you refer as a moeblob?

  • aquagon

    All of the games in Ar tonelico series, as well as Ciel Nosurge, showed that they could carry on a plot with dark and horrifying implications (let’s see… two genocidal policies, an utopia justifies the means situation, child abduction and experimentation…), as well as a world pretty much on death’s door, despite the fanservice and moe elements it had.

    Ar Nosurge will surely go down that same route, but if you are going to dismiss the game just because of the cute girls, then there’s nothing else to say to you.

  • LordKaiser

    Even Eroge games can be a mature JRPG if it wants to like Tears to Tiara and many others.

  • Wolf Star

    Agreed 3 games we all need, God Eater 2, Rebirth 1 and 2, and Danganronpa happy trigger hovoc

  • DarkLegacy

    And then FFXV and KH3 so that we can play them on remote play

  • DarkLegacy