People who know me know I'm a huge fan of Gust games, even now despite the fact that none of the games they've made this generation have been particularly good, I still can't help but get excited when they announce a new game (With the exception of Meruru), And recently they announced a new game, Surge Concerto: Ceil no Surge, for the PSV. Unlike Gust's other games this isn't an RPG.
The game story will center around a world called La Ciel, in a solar system with a swelling sun that threatens to destroy the La Ciel. Two factions have arisen each offering there own solution, The Astronomers who want to teleport every one to a new planet, and the Terrestrials who want to use song magic to save there solar system. Public opinion is equally split between these two ideas, so it's up to the president, Ionsafon, to make the decision on what plan to go with. Unfortunately her mind is broken (which I hope isn't just some missed translated phrase saying she has amnesia.). Already I have some questions, like why can they only do one? I mean the smart thing to do here would be to try the song magic approach while the teleport to another planet plan is being worked on so that if the song magic doesn't work they have the contingency plan, then again I may hove just spoiled the ending to an unreleased game (yes I wouldn't put part the writers to make a world where the people are smart enough to master teleportation technology but only one person can think of simple solutions to this problem.)
Anyways that where you come in, it's you job to dive into Ion's mind, find mend points in order to restore here mind (Did I mention this game is being helmed by Akira Tsuchiya, the director of Ar Tonelico). When she's not hooked up to the dive machine the player can interact with her during her daily life (you can really sense the urgency this game will have already). You can also change her outfits. unlike the Ar Tonelico series, this game will feature an active time function much like that of the Animal Crossing series. So the player can start up and see Ion eating or playing a game, this also adds a hair growth function where over time Ion's hair will get longer because... why not? The game will also feature online aspects, though, little has been revealed about the online components of the game.
Surge Concerto will release in Japan on April 26 of this year, and us in west will probably see the game release some time early next year.