Ar NoSurge Brings Song Magic And Talk Matters From Ar tonelico

By Spencer . November 18, 2013 . 6:01pm


Who knows if Gust will make a new Ar tonelico game, but Ar NoSurge is sort of like a cross between the Ciel noSurge and Gust’s RPG series. For example, Ar noSurge has Song Magic. Reminiscent of Ar tonelico, Ar NoSurge has a two person party where you protect the heroine while she chants Song Magic. Hitting enemies increases the Harmonics level and timing blocks reduces the amount of damage you take.


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There are fifteen types of Song Magic in Ar NoSurge like Bridal Launch which was drawn by Yoshi Mata.


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The illustration for Heart of Light was created by NeverDead artist Takayama Toshiaki.


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The story in Ar NoSurge unfolds from two perspectives. Players switch between scenarios with Delta & Cas or Ashes & Ion. The Talk Matter system from Ar tonelico Qoga returns too and you can unlock different conversations depending on your relationship level. These conversations take place at the hot springs where you strengthen characters with the purification system.


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Players can install Genometallica crystals in a character’s head, chest, arms, legs, or belly. Here’s a look at Cas and Delta.


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Ar NoSurge comes out on January 30, 2014 for PlayStation 3.


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  • IS | 桂木

    There goes any interest I had in this title.

  • Laith Rem

    So they are basically remaking AT2.

    Super ok with it.

    • icecoffemix

      I’d be okay if the two main heroines aren’t also bitches like the one on AT2. Jacqli saved that game for me (yes I went through all their cosmospheres).

    • Torgrim

      Nope , they just make new game with ar tonelico mechanics and another story.

  • Arcana Wiz

    So exicted for this game!!!

    And one thing, if the talk topics are in hot springs… how the robot will be in here XD?? and it probably will have a personality… so i guess it’s gonna be like AT2 with jacqli?????

    • KuroNathan

      you see, the robot either has a loli inside it, or its self chosen avatar when you dive into it is a loli.

      • aquagon

        It’s more likely to be the player itself, as an upgraded version of the terminal used to communicate with Ion in Ciel Nosurge. It’s name (Earthes) it’s after all the word used to refer to our world in the Surge Concerto world.

        • fyi1191

          Now if only we customize his looks. t would be perfect!

        • Ephidiel

          my thought exactly i didnt beat Ciel no Surge yet but that much was clear right away

          grown up Ta-Bou is really badass XD

  • Learii

    I hope i don’t have to protect the girl like “Ar tonelico” in battle

    • That’s exactly what they’re saying.

      • Learii

        that good

  • Dark Zerato

    Wait, you can put a heroine in a swimsuit without DLC. Nice job Gust. Can’t wait for localization.

    • Kai2591


    • AkiraScare

      Just need for it to get localized (^_^)

  • fyi1191

    FOOT?! Ain’t that her thigh? And I think LEG would be a better choice.

    Now I’m totally convinced that this is the new Ar tonelico. Time to get 2 copies, JPN & US.

    • Kai2591

      oh you.

  • Looks very interesting. Already loving the artwork for this.

  • Elemiel

    Hurray! But who is Ashes?

    • aquagon

      It’s Earthes, and it’s the other protagonist: the robot one.

  • aquagon

    Only corrections to make here:

    Ashes -> Earthes
    Genometallica -> Genometrica

  • leingod

    So, does that mean stripping spells?

    • Kai2591

      more controller-shaking? lol my hands got tired pretty fast thanks to that.

  • So. Any talk of it ever reaching outside Japan? Cause I´m so very interested in this title. Given the amount of time I´ve spent on Gust games I would so very much want a game like this.

    I´m missing Ciel no Surge pretty hard but I do understand why it would never get here.

  • Spirit Macardi

    I’m hoping that this game will be like Ar Tonelico in more ways than just the gameplay. By which I mean I’m hoping it’ll be just as subversive and snarky.

    That’s something I think few people grasped about Ar Tonelico, even its fans. It was basically Gust deconstructing and making fun of cheesecake fanservice in video games. The Cosmosphere levels took all sorts of fetishes and cliche personalities and turned them from sexy to disturbing, and even the normal in-game dialogue took pot shots at perverts expecting some base gratification.

    I want to see more of that. Especially since now there’s more perv games on the market to make fun of than ever before. *cough*senrankagura*cough*

    • FlyingPony

      I don’t really mind parody games or games that make fun of certain game cliche.

      I also don’t mind games filled with fan service, or a game that make fun of fan service.

      • Kai2591


    • Kai2591

      lol yeah…I like how Gust likes to make fun of fanservice…like that Ion mousepad. lol that was such a tease :)

    • aquagon

      Although I’d argue that wasn’t the only point of these games.

  • Sounding good so far =)

  • Loli Summoner

    Why can’t the guy get a bikini huh?or at least take of his shirt and make him wear a man thong.So sexist.

    • Callonia

      *gets in a thong and takes off the shirt.*
      That much I can do at least for u. :P

    • Slayven19

      Its not really sexist if you don’t know the reason behind it. I agree they could have given him a speedo or something.

    • Asaoko

      FFXIV did it right. See that? See that?! Pure magnificence! I have no other complaints. .<

  • Hope localization goes smoothly for this game :D :D

  • bigboss09

    now all we need is now Replikia
    TK you better bring this to west or I shall Cast death on you !

    • Asaoko

      Am actually listening to it right now… But yes, a song magic like Replekia, please!

  • Zoozbuh

    I need this in my life (in English) so damn much… I have a huge Ar Tonelico-shaped hole that nothing else can fill… Qoga was pretty fun, but it’s been a couple years since that came out. HELP ME, GUST!!
    (And yes, I am basically counting this as a new Ar Tonelico game)

    • Kai2591

      I, too, have a huge Ar Tonelico-shaped hole that nothing else can fill….I feel ya bro.

  • Linhua

    … oho sh-%#$~

    … glad I took this news sitting down.

    … waiting for the Hype Train to arrive now so I can get on it.

  • Damn, this looks super-fun. This is one of those day one purchases for me if it comes to our shores.

  • Ephidiel

    so Delta is Ta-bou from Ciel no Surge

    hmm the battle system looks like AT2 but solo instead of the synchro modus

  • Kai2591

    Rose RPG…Rose Propelled Grenade? I see what they did there.

    I like that Heart of Light design….classic light bulbs + steampunk. Also Earthes.

    Huh…so this time it’ll be a mix gender hot springs huh…
    Can’t believe nobody’s said this already, but….FLATNESS IS JUSTICE!
    Interesting bikini design btw.

    Dear God…installing crystals will produce nosebleeds everytime…so beautiful…

    Oh so you can also install crystals in the guys as well.

    Silly Japanese..that’s her thigh, not her foot :)

    Holy sheeet. Earthes look totally badass there protecting Ion. Need wallpaper of that.

    I notice in pic no. 12, Cass is shown beneath in a circular menu, with directional arrows beneath her….could it be, you can switch heroines that way? hmmm~

  • Sentsuizan_93

    I really am liking this so far. Especially the artwork.

  • Yan Zhao

    Western release! Western release! DO IT!

  • artemisthemp

    I hope Techmo Koei is bring this over

    • Anime10121

      Namco has nothing to do with this. This game’s straight Gust. So if anyone, it’d be Tecmo Koei bringing this over.

      • artemisthemp

        Totally forgot Ar Nosurge belong to Gust

  • Raltrios

    I liked Cas’ sense of style in the other articles before, and now…daaaamn. She’s working it!

  • The game’s opening…
    And that kissing scene lol XD
    Also I really think the robot is the player from cns, can anyone give me the summary of ciel nosurge and spoil me it’s ending… please

    • aquagon

      There’s no ending yet. The game is 12 chapters long, and the 9th chapter isn’t going to get released until around the end of December.

      • Oh really? O_o
        I thought it was finished since Ion is one of the main character in this game hahaha. Btw what’s Cas role in ciel nosurge?

        • aquagon

          The only daughter of one of the richest men in Ra Ciela, so she’s pretty much a tsundere spoiled girl that begins maturing once Ion appears on Tabou’s (her childhood friend) life and some horrible things begin happening, such as one of their friends getting killed due to the remnants of a anti-wave shield falling on his house, and they have to cooperate with Ion to help her save the city of Manjusara, which is where they both live (although Cas is moving from a place to other very often with her father).

  • Rita Tong

    The two things that I’ve always loved about AT was the music and art (especially the art directions for designing those amazing floating cities and towers and backgrounds were just hnnnng) and from the looks of it the beautiful art is still around. Now if the music lives up to its predecessor, I will import the fuck out of this game.

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