In keeping with the Ar Tonelico Tradition, Ar Tonelico 3 will feature yet another new battle system!
Those of you who have played Ar Tonelico 1 & 2 might remember the change in gameplay between the two games, mainly the battle system(and the lack of a jump button). In the first game the battle system used was very much your traditional turn based fair.
The Second game in the series while still turn based switched went a little further from traditional, using more of a Valkyria Profile type attack system, with a really neat timing based guard system for protecting your Reyvateils.
Well now in Ar Tonelico 3 they've gone even further, past traditional turn based battles, and more into the action realm, featuring a battle system more closely related to a Tales of game. In the clip below you can see what I mean by this:
Well I'm a little sad to see the battle system from Ar Tonelico 2 won't be making a come back, it's refreshing to see an RPG Series that keeps changing up it's battle system with every new release...Though it makes me wonder what's next? Ar Tonelico 4 with Tactical RPG battles!?
All joking aside the change to a more Tales of battle system seems like a good one to me! The Reyvateil's skill targeting system looks pretty awesome as well.
Apart from the change from Turn Based to Action battles, Ar Tonelico 3 will feature dynamic music changing during battle, and what I can only describe as a "strip feature", where the Reyvateil will lose more clothing, as they use powerful attacks. Or as Producer Kawachi Atsunori so beautifully put it "By showing more skin, they are able to absorb more of the planet’s energy", thus “The world can only be saved because the heroines took off their clothes!"(Did I mention Ar Tonelico is famous for it's sexual innuendos?)
Of course all the other staples of Ar Tonelico are there, like the Dive system, and there's a few other little bits of info out there but it's a little vague(stuff about Reyvateils having multiple personalizes or some such thing like that.), so I'll forgo writing about them for now.
The game is said to be about 80% complete, and is on track to be released on the 28th of January 2010 in Japan.