Gust Celebrates 20th Anniversary With New Atelier Rorona And Ar NoSurge

By Sato . November 8, 2013 . 7:32pm

In celebration of Gust’s 20th anniversary this year, the company held a special presentation to commemorate their past works and a look at what’s ahead, such as some of their recently announced titles in New Atelier Rorona and Ar NoSurge.



The presentation begins with a formal greeting and introduction from Tecmo Koei’s founder and CEO Yoichi Erikawa, who thanks the fans of Gust, along with staff and other members, for having supported the company for the past 20 years.


After Gust producer Tadanobu Inoue shares a look at the company’s titles released over the past 20 years, we get a look at what we can expect to see in the future, starting with a look at New Atelier Rorona with director Yoshito Okamura and Atelier series artist Mel Kishida at 6:25 of the video.


When asked why they decided to call their upcoming game New Atelier Rorona, rather than making it a “Plus” version like the other PlayStation Vita Atelier ports, Okamura explains that it is because he considers the game to be a complete remake—one that will have the characters fully remade to better match its original artwork, in addition to having a new system, and more.


Starting at 8:40, we get a closer look at the upcoming game and its enhanced system. With new scenarios, battle system, and playable characters, Okamura feels that even those who’ve played the original version of the game, will still enjoy New Atelier Rorona, almost as if they’re playing it for the first time again.


You can check out a bunch of screenshots of the game from our earlier report.


At 16:03, Gust tease a look at a special presentation video to announce Atelier Escha & Logy’s upcoming anime series that was recently announced, due to air sometime next year. Okamura shares that Gust have actually talked about producing an Atelier anime on numerous occasions in the past, but their plans never came to fruition until recently.


One of the things Okamura looks forward to seeing is how the story will translate to its anime form, as the game has two perspectives between the protagonists, which he’s confident that Studio Gokumi will handle with care.


Next up is Ar NoSurge with director Akira Tsuchiya, who begins his presentation along with Ion’s voice actress Ai Kakuma, at 19:50 of the video. After a brief explanation on the past games of the series, Tsuchiya says that he hopes to continue working on them on many different platforms in the future.


When asked if he could share more information on Ar NoSurge, the director states that it might be difficult to explain without having to spend hours talking (and also because he wouldn’t want to get in trouble for revealing too much,) so he prepared a special video which can be seen at the 21:35 mark.


Tsuchiya reveals that the song heard in the video is actually Ar NoSurge’s opening theme song, which was made to represent the game’s theme of “bonding” and the “heart’s inner feelings,” as the story will revolve heavily around the relationship between characters.


Ai Kakuma shares that from her work thus far, she sees a lot of the Ion we’ve come to know from the past title, but at the same time, she also sees a much more mature Ion at times. However, even Ai doesn’t know the connection between Ar NoSurge and Ciel NoSurge, in response to which Tsuchiya teases, “It’s almost as if we’re not sure if it’s the same Ion…?”


Finally, Tsuchiya reveals that Ar NoSurge will have a limited edition version upon release, called “Agent Pack,” which will include a music box to symbolize the theme of “songs” in the game.


New Atelier Rorona will be coming out on November 21 for PS3 and Vita; and Ar NoSurge will be coming out on January 30, 2014, on PlayStation 3.

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  • It doesn’t even seem like Ciel Nosurge will be finished by the time Ar Nosurge is released. I’m wondering how they intend to handle this — it would be weird to encounter spoilers for Ciel Nosurge while playing Ar Nosurge, but it would also be strange if they didn’t mention any of her backstory if she’s going to be in the game.

    • I’d bet money that there’ll probably be a synopsis feature in Ar Nosurge to explain things that happened in Ciel– or at least they’ll end up having an in-game encyclopedia about the characters.

      • Kai2591

        Hope so. Else we’ll be going in blind.
        Assuming this gets localized and not Ciel.
        But I do hope both gets localized :)

        • Hahaha I actually imagine this’ll get localized since it seems to be something they’re pushing for their 20th anniversary… but to be honest, I’d be severely surprised if Ciel got localized, since it’s really, as far as I can tell, a prettied up single-focus life sim. An RPG probably would sell more and be more worth the translation effort, no offense. XD

          • Kai2591

            That sounds about right.
            But we never know these days; there’s been quite a number of surprises lately :)

            I will definitely buy a Vita if Ciel gets localized; even if its the only game I’ll use it for hahahahahaha~

  • Spirit Macardi

    An Atelier anime?! HELL YES!!! :D

    Funimation, make sure you snag that one up for streaming/English release!

    • Or possibly Sentai Filmworks will beat them to it. But if Funi got Neptunia pretty sure they will get this one

      • Anyone but Sentai; g. ayres is their current poster child much like mignogna is funimations (or was for a good long while anyway.)

        I know a studio acquisition doesnt necessarily guarantee a certain cast list but at least with funi it reduces the chance of ayres being miscast as the lead yet again O_o

        • Shippoyasha

          Sentai at least has flawless visual quality in their Bluray transfers though. To me that’s all that matters. Though I definitely do prefer Funimation’s dubbing efforts. I’m a bit of a purist and usually go straight for Japanese dubs anyway though.

    • [S]unjΔy of Equestria

      I would love an Atelier Anime….or even manga!

  • Dark Zerato

    These two games would be the next Gust’s major games. So we have a high chance to get it in the west.

  • Can’t wait to play the New Atelier Rorona since I skipped out on the first game. Happy to feast my eyes on Mel Kishida’s artwork again.

  • I wonder if they’ll ever remake Marie again? It’d be nice, since the Western world might actually see it now if they do.

    Also, is Rorona likely to have the same translation when it comes out here?

    • It probably will. Saves money and time on re-recording lines, after all. Other than that, the only things they’d have to do is the new stuff…

      • Sadly i don think KT will bother with the new stuff. Even though i’ll still be happy for a localization regardless, I just don’t see them putting in the effort on what they’ll look at as a ‘remake.’

        • I dunno, they voiced the scenes in Meruru Plus (cause I know some of the scenes were not in the original English Meruru), so don’t discount it.

  • Walkingvirus

    So hyped for Ar nosurge!

  • Eclipse

    Happy 20th anniversary, GUST <3

    It's pretty sweet that Ar Nosurge's LE comes with a music box, which I think is quite possibly the nicest bonus item around.

    • Kai2591

      I’d really like to see what that music box looks like :)

  • Monterossa

    Celebrate by localize both of them!!

    • Renaldi Saputra

      hasn’t gust localize some of their game?

  • Loli Summoner

    Happy 20th anniversary,Gust ^_^

  • Ar Nosurge Trailer Intro Translation:

    壊してもいい?Can we break you?
    どうして?Why not?
    生きてるから。Because I’m alive.
    じゃあ、きみは、どうして壊されたの? But then.. why were you broken?

    Seems like a conversation between the Sharl and Ion as a prelude to the prime conflict in the game.

  • fyi1191

    Ion’s partner is an android? This is even more interesting.

  • gangrelion

    So…the Ar Nosurge opening seems to suggest that Delta will not get a Haren, as it seems that each girl have a different love interest. Cas will be with Delta, (which was obvious by seeing what happens in Ciel Nosurge) while Ion will get the weird robot guy. Maybe the robot’s true identity is YOU! Yeah, yourself! the one who spent hours talking to Ion on the previous game using your comunication device (PSVita), but now someone made an artificial body for you to finally have phisical interaction with Ion! Yeah…I am reading too much!

  • Kai2591

    “the story will revolve heavily around the relationship between characters.”


    “a music box to symbolize the theme of “songs” in the game.”


  • refrain

    I love that opening so much! Can’t wait to import Ar Nosurge!

  • Kai2591


    Gives me the chills man.
    I could feel the emotion.
    So much want.

    I wonder what’s that command prompt thing about at the beginning? It ended with “Let’s enjoy your 7-D life!!”
    7-D? D for Dimensions? HMMMMMM~

    Saw Earth at 23:35 and 23:57.

    • aquagon

      It did said that. And the instructions at the start are basically all of the wave conversions for making said communication possible, together with dimensional expansions and connection addresses.

      • Kai2591

        I see…awesome~

  • Happy anniversary, Gust! Such a great company! Cheers to the next 20!

  • AxionAzure

    Ar no Surge looks like a certain import, I don’t really think they’ll localize this one…

  • ivanchu77

    Been playing all their games since Atelier iris 1 and planning to continue much more years doing it, i love Gust :)

    can´t wait for Atelier Escha & Logy

  • ZekeFreek

    This is reminding how it’s kind of sad we’ll probably only get 3 of the 5 NIS 20th anniversary games here. Well… we already got two of them but still.

  • Gustavo

    What happened to Chronos Materia, the RPG they announced for the Vita on July? There isn’t any news on the official site:

  • Kornelious

    Wonderful, wonderful….now LOCALIZE!

  • Yan Zhao

    Western release! Western release! Please NISA or TecmoKoei! DO IT!!!!

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