Ar Tonelico 3, or my new favorite game, is only getting more and more interesting in my book. I was considering waiting till we had another barrage of information to post about, but this is too good to pass up...
Stripping is a gameplay mechanic...
“By showing more skin, they are able to absorb more of the planet’s energy.” I, I, just don't know what to say. The Banzai Effect noticed the peculiar fact that this image include the option "Strip" (2nd choice,) but it seem that now we know why. I'll give the game its chance to justify its perversion, as hopefully we get different outfits, instead of ending the final battle with a pile of nudists... which is cool too, just in a "different" way.
The full quote from Canned Dogs
Producer Kawachi Atsunori explained the reason behind how the heroine costumes start showing more skin when they activate songs, saying that “By showing more skin, they are able to absorb more of the planet’s energy”. There were some small snickers coming from the audience after hearing this, but he continued saying
“The world can only be saved because the heroines took off their clothes!”
And everybody laughed and clapped their hands.
You can catch a little bit of it and the costume changes toward the end of this recently released promotional video.