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~ripped form IGN~

August 11, 2006 - Marvelous Interactive and Image Epoch are teaming up for an original DS strategy RPG. The latest issue of Famitsu has a blowout on Luminous Arc, which features characters by Shibano Kaito and sound production by Yasunori Mitsuda (Chrono Cross, Xenosaga).

Luminous Arc takes place in a world whose peace is protected by an organization called Luminous. With the passing of a former leader, the peace is broken. Monsters begin appearing, the world is struck by strange natural phenomenon, and rumors emerge of a witch who brings harm to humans. The game's main character, Alf, and his little brother Tio, were raised in a religious facility known as Ever Garden, and are given the order to face off against the witch and the monsters.

The title is split into adventure and strategy parts. During the adventure sequences, you converse with other characters and progress through the storyline. You can move between locations on a world map and purchase items and weapons from a shop. The game will feature voice acting, apparently from a famous voice cast.

Strategy sequences look like the grid-based battles from a Nippon Ichi title. You start off by editing your attack squad, making sure to group together characters who have an affinity for one another. You and your enemies take turns, with order determined by each character's speed value. The stylus can be used to directly move your characters around like the pieces in chess.

The DS is rather light on RPGs, so we're excited to see an original property for the system. A US release hasn't been announced, but Japanese import players can look forward to the Japanese version this Winter.


for Link, "Another fucking Strategy rpg!"

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