The Japanese role-playing game will launch in North America next year.
Arc Rise Fantasia is the latest effort from IMAGEEPOCH INC., developers of the DS title Luminous Arc. The team has combined forces with Marvelous, Yasunori Matsura, composer for the Guilty Gear and Xenosaga series, and Kenichi Yoshida, Eureka Seven character designer, to develop a traditional role-playing game for Wii.
The game takes place in the world of Fulheim, a land that has thrived for many years in prosper due to the use of the luminescent technology called “reys.” An empire within Fulheim, named Meridia, is under a terrible threat from “Containment Dragons,” which, according to reports from other locations around the world, cause an unnatural phenomenon the people call “crystallization”.
Killing these beasts is unfortunately not even an option for the people since the dragon carcasses poison the air upon their death. As word is spread to the city of Meridian of the impending invasion of these dragons upon the town, two individuals stand up to prevent this disaster from happening: L‘arc, a soldier from the imperial army, and Als, who is the second prince of Meridia. Although both of these men will fight for the safety and well being of their people, they will discover that harmony “comes with a very high price.”
Arc Rise Fantasia is an RPG that combines airships, magic, and dragons in an epic storyline that features modern gameplay innovations with elements of classic Japanese role-playing concepts. In addition to classic turn-based fighting, players will be able to implement string- based attacks by drawing from the same Action Points (AP) gauge. These string functions can be used by just one or many characters to unleash a powerful attack. Summoning creatures to help in battle is also another important aspect in this title, and not only will they be especially useful in battle, but can also provide useful information to players in order to help with their quest.
Arc Rise Fantasia is expected to release Q1 2010 exclusively for Wii in North America.