Today, developer Gust will see its first Vita game, entitled Surge Concerto: Ciel no Surge, be placed upon store shelves across Japan. The creator of somewhat popular franchises such as Atelier, Mana Khemia, and Ar Tonelico hasn’t been skimpy on the launch media at all, with today bringing us a gameplay video featuring over 10 minutes of play (broken into a few separate chunks).
Fans should take note that as nice as Gust’s development history might be for RPGs, this is no RPG. Rather, Ciel no Surge is much more accurately classified as more of a “life simulator” of sorts with a dash of dating sim and a pinch of visual novel. There are no enemies, no hit points, and no characters who’ve lost their memories who shall be called upon to save the world; it’s not what one might be expecting from a studio responsible for mostly JRPGs.
In this video, players are treated to an intro with rather sweeping music, then introduced to Ion (pronounced like the English word “eon”), the little girl who lives inside your Vita.
Surge Concerto is not currently expected to be released outside of Japan. We’ll let you know if that changes.