Atelier Developer Making Vita Game

Gust, the developer behind series such as Atelier, Ar Tonelico, and Mana Khemia, has revealed plans to release its first PlayStation Vita game. Entitled Surge Concerto: Ciel no Surge, the people at Gust chose the Vita as the platform because it’s the platform that best fits their vision. For example, they like the Vita’s 3G connectivity, because they like players being able to always connect and look at their characters. Unconfirmed rumors have it that this might even be an online-only title, as the most recent Famitsu magazine has listed it as such.

Surge Concerto: Ciel no Surge is categorized as a “realtime life simulation” by Gust, and the idea is that players communicate with a girl named Ion, who lives inside your Vita. Whether it’s online-only or not, it appears to use the network functions quite a bit. Here are the first screens and art:

Interested gamers can check out the official Japanese website here. Surge Concerto is slated for release in Japan on April 26th. This early, it’s of course too soon to tell if it will leave Japan, though NIS America brings over a lot of Gust games. It could happen.