12 minutes of Ar no Surge gameplay
posted on 01.25.14 at 10:23 AM EDT by (@salromano)
A look at various fields, battles, dialogue, and more.

Ar no Surge

Gust has published a 12 minute gameplay video of its upcoming PlayStation 3 RPG Ar no Surge.

The video shows protagonists Delta Lantanoir and the robot Arshes running about various fields, a look at the game’s battle system, dialogue, purification ceremonies, and more.

The game is due out in Japan on March 6.

  • http://kougeru.tumblr.com/ Kougeru

    Glad to hear Akiko Shikata is back for this game. Game looks pretty awesome to me. Too bad we’ll probably never see it outside of Japan :(

    • Renaldi Saputra

      Gust usually bring games like this outside Japan, though

      • DrForbidden

        Normally I would agree, but this comes at a precarious time. With a March release date in Japan, the soonest we will see a localised release (assuming KT goes for it) is sometime in 2015. It’s a point of concern whether KT will still want to invest in publishing a PS3 game almost 2 years after the release of PS4.

        • Clover

          PS3 was release in 2006 and ar tonelico 2 (PS2) in 2009, distributor for NA/EU was koei. Is the same situation and I think that the possibility of an localization are very high.

          • DrForbidden

            You might be correct, but it is important to mark the differences between NISA, a small company catering to niche consumer bases, and Koei Tecmo, which works on a much bigger scale and is much more bottom-line driven.

            • Clover

              I agree, but I don’t think that’s a problem. The brand name “Ar …” already has a loyal user base. If NISA was can manage the localization, also Tecmo Koei can do it.

              • DrForbidden

                I certainly hope you are right.:)

                If I were to buy this game, though, I’m unlikely to wait 1-2 years.

    • Sai

      Good thing PS3 is region free, you mean.
      That aside, really looks like AT3 engine on the field, VN sections are the same as Ciel Nosurge.
      Really wish this was on Vita instead, but still preordered it.

    • MrKappa

      I’ve said this before but people have been under estimating KT, I’m sure they will bring this game over before the end of the year.

      • Sai

        Ciel Nosurge still not localised.

        • DesmaX

          That is a visual novel that requires 24/7 internet connection. No way that’ll come

          • PrinceHeir

            ehh O__O

          • Sai

            I get that, but it’s also unreasonable to localised this game, and not Ciel first, which introduces the whole world, and has a lot of returning characters on Ar Nosurge.

            • DesmaX

              Even if it somehow got localized, I don’t think people would actually buy it. Especially with those DLC practices (Which are still going by today)

              And they should do a decent job introducing the characters and the world in this game too (Even if it’s only in some sort of log)

              • http://kougeru.tumblr.com/ Kougeru

                DLC is pretty bad everywhere in world lol. I just dont buy DLC of any kind. I dont support it in hopes of it dying out. Exceptions to everything of course…in this case DLC that I know for a fact was made well after the game came out such as the Dark Souls DLC.

                • DesmaX

                  You remember what Alan Wake tried to do?

                  Yeah, Ciel no Surge does that. And it should have 10 chapters by now

            • Budgiecat

              no its not

              We got Trinity: Souls of Zill O’ll without ever getting Zill O’ll, Zill O’ll Infinite, Zill O’ll Infinite Plus (which TK said they would have considered bringing over had Trinity’s sales been good)

              What we also never got from Koei was Seven Magic Mansions but that was on Dreamcast.
              We never got the Harukanari Toki no De Visual Novel turn based Otome RPG series.
              We also never got the turn based Nobunaga PS3 RPG MMO’s or Uncharted Waters PS3 MMO’s or any of the recent Nobunaga strategy games….

        • MrKappa

          Correct me if I’m wrong but along with what DesmaX said I believe that game also came out before KT acquired Gust which might factor into it.

          • Sai

            No, Gust was already part of KT by the time of Ciel Nosurge, and well it’s right there on the cover of the game.
            Anyway, I already “played” Ciel Nosurge, and there’s a lot of stuff to be missed. Just don’t get any hope’s up on an Ar Nosurge localisation.

        • $2447297

          Ciel Nosurge was a visual novel that needed a 24/7 connection.

          Ar Nosurge is like Ar tonelico. Ar nosurge is guaranteed to be localized. No need to import.

  • dark-kyon

    we need to buy atelier escha and logy “PS3” to get a chance what tecmo koei bring this game.

  • PrinceHeir
    • Budgiecat

      her butt’s stickin out…

      • Gariya

        Are you complaining?

        • Budgiecat

          nah just making an observation…

      • Elvick

        It looks weird. xD

  • Eclipse

    Lol, I loved that little dancing sequence near the end.

    Based on some of the older info, I actually thought that the battle-system would’ve been identically similar to Ar tonelico II, but it looks like there’s also some elements from Ar tonelico I, which is great.

  • DesmaX

    Oh, so it’s a battle system with only one playable character?

    Interessing. But it looks like parrying would be harder than normal, with all the stuff flashing on the screen

  • Samsara09

    No need to get flustered.This isn’t that comapny that does legend of heroes.They will most likely localize this.But,man,this game is dashing.So beautiful.Well,this game looks more “serious” then the third,thank goodness,and way less ecchi.Not that it was a problem.

  • DesmaX

    Holy shit, Gust. You can’t show this kind of stuff on an actual trailer

    • Budgiecat

      omg actual gameplay footage on a mid level Japanese game trailer with er.. less than 2 months away from release even. .I never…

  • りんごタルト@エスカのアトリエ

    Why does the MC of this game look so manly?

    • Gariya

      Look at the girls, no need to pay attention to the MC.

    • Budgiecat

      They probably just used one of their left over Otome designs from Koei’s Harukanari series…

    • GDI

      Because he’s an Alpha who actually goes out and builds his harem empire. Not a typical Beta who waits for girls to fall into his lap.

      That said the onsen skinship sequences with Miss DFC is taking the bar up a notch, even compared to Qoga’s short stripping animations. Being interactive, I’d say this could potentially cause controversy on same level as Monpiece.

      • DrForbidden

        I’m sorry, but I don’t see why that is so. In Monpiece, you physically poke/rub/stroke the Vita to strip the female monsters, who are moaning all the while. From the Ar no Surge video posted above, it seems like you just select a body part and then ‘power it up’ from a menu. I can’t really think of anything that can be construed as offensive there, aside from some possibly-risque outfits and perhaps the notion of identifying specific body parts to ‘enhance’.

  • Stacy Connor

    Looks good to me. It’s rather nice seeing them go back to the systems similar to AT2 for this.

    Really hoping this gets a chance at localization over to NA/EU as well as Fairy Fencer – F at some point as well.

  • bloodiOS

    Yes! It looks jaggy-free, has adequate AF, and most of the slow-downs shown in the demo a couple months ago had been fixed. The movements of the mouth and expressions leave a lot to be desired though… Either way, I hope TK would localize it, and once they do, I hope that they will also offer a physical version (especially in North American region.)(Also,… perhaps change “Breast” to “Chest”, “Belly” to “Abdomen”, and “Foot” to “Leg”?)

    • Budgiecat

      Water graphics and some backgrounds look sub Dreamcast level

      And to your last sentence: of course they’d make those changes thats a no brainer…

      • bloodiOS

        Yeah, but they surprisingly don’t look all that bad as a whole.

    • icecoffemix

      Holy shit, a console game with proper AF. Finally?

      • bloodiOS

        You say it as though up until now, trilinear filtering is about the most console games could manage…

  • LastBoss

    I need to import this at some point.

  • asch999

    I hope Kanon is also one of the heroine, she looks as interesting as the two female lead

  • gangrelion

    It’s a shame this is not fully voiced. Also, the lip sync is still bad, very similar to Ciel Nosurge. However, the 3D models and other animations are awesome! Probably the best graphics in a Gust game ever! Really looking forward! I hope this gets a digital release at day 1!

  • Elvick

    Running animation looks a bit stiff.

    Battle animation is great though.

  • talesoffan

    Love what I’m seeing here. Can’t stop watching. Looks like Ar Tonelico.

    • aquagon

      Well, one of the fields shown in the video is indeed the inside of the First Tower of Ar tonelico.

  • Omega_Shiro

    Localization chances do I have to ship it? Is I going to be localised? It’s like Ar Tonelico.

    • icecoffemix

      It’s direct prequel and all 3 games so far has been localized. Your guess?

      • Omega_Shiro

        no problem then XD

  • Learii

    will there be any party members?

    • DrForbidden

      From all the media and information released thus far, that’d be a ‘no’. Players control either Delta or Arshes, with one song magic user (Casti for Delta & Ion for Arhes), and that’s it. I can’t say that thrills me. If given a choice, I prefer parties to no parties myself.

      • icecoffemix

        As long as it’s not as annoying as it was on Ar3 I’m fine either way.

  • artemisthemp

    Tecmo Koei why haven’t you announced localization yet?

    • Luna Kazemaru

      because its not even out yet =_=