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E3 2006: NIS Brings 'Ar tonelico' to North America
The company knows its niche well.
By Jared Black 05/11/2006 07:36:40 PST

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NIS America has announced that its bringing the sim RPG Ar tonelico to North America this October.  Developed and published in Japan by Banpresto, it combines simulation and RPG by letting players customize not only weapons and items, but also design character personalities, skills and appearance.

“Ar tonelico signals a welcome change to ordinary RPGs. It’s ambitious, with a new range of unique characters, frequently shifting moods, and a witty story line, it is a title that hardcore RPG fans will rejoice about and also satisfy the North American gamers. Please look forward to this spectacular new game”, says Haru Akenaga, President of NIS America.

From NIS' press release, here's a short description of the game:

Ages ago, the world was like any other. But, two apocalyptic wars changed everything. The sky has been sealed off by a deadly electromagnetic field and the ground is now an ocean of death. Humanity lives life peacefully suspended above the sea on continents powered by the magical tower of Ar tonelico and protected by the knights of Elemia. However, evil is lurking upon humanity threatening the peace and balance of Ar tonelico.

Key Features

  • Virtual interaction with mood shifting characters
  • Customizable weapons and items
  • A new and unique “SONG” battle system
  • Over 300 creatable items
  • Stunning animation

A teaser trailer for Ar tonelico and NIS' other titles is now available on their site.

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