Ar tonelico Announced for PS2 [05/11/06]

The following is a press release from NIS America:

NIS America obtains Ar tonelico the role-playing game that took Japan by storm.

Santa Ana, Calif. (May 09, 2006) -NIS America, Inc. revealed a revolutionary sim RPG, Ar tonelico, an instant hit in Japan that inspired to create a new genre of simulation role-playing game. Ar tonelico will be released in North America for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system.

Developed and published in Japan by Banpresto Co., Ltd., Ar tonelico marks a new approach to the RPG genre by seamlessly combining simulation with role-playing. Gamers can not only customize weapons and items, but now design their character's personalities, skills, and appearance through virtual interaction. Also past events will intersect with future game play as well as the outcome of the game.

"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.

Premiering online at , the first TEASER TRAILER will be available on the first day of E3 (5/10/2006).

About Ar tonelico
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

About NIS America
NIS America is a subsidiary of Nippon Ichi Software, Inc., a Japanese company famous for its unique line of strategy RPGs including titles such as Disgaea, Phantom Brave, and Makai Kingdom.

In 2003, NIS America was established in Southern California to publish exciting and innovative game titles for North America.

NIS America's team members devote themselves to the fans. Our respect for our fans is at the heart of everything we do. As a growing strategy RPG publisher in the U.S., we are committed to continuous improvement and dedication.

About Banpresto
Publisher and Developer of console video games, arcade machines, and game machine prizes, Banpresto was founded in April 1977. and became a subsidiary of Bandai Co., Ltd., in February 1989. In the amusement market, continues offer strategies that focus on the changes that occur in the business environment, as well as addressing the diversification of consumer lifestyles and tastes. Banpresto continues to offer new "fun, excitement, and surprises" to the market, and implements innovations for business expansion and competitive strength. At Banpresto, innovation is defined as involvement in further heightening our unique business model by realizing a full commitment to consumer perspectives and intensifying marketing ability.

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