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Check Out the Ar Tonelico 3 PV

Plus, pre-order bonus info and the latest screens for Gust's PS3 sequel.

 

PS3's early 2009 RPG lineup is looking hot. Following up on December's Final Fantasy XIII release, PS3 owners can look forward to End of Eternity and Ar Tonelico 3 on January 28, and Star Ocean 4 one week later.

Today, Namco Bandai and Gust gave Ar Tonelico 3 a big push with the online media through a major screenshot update and a trailer.

Stream the trailer here:

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Ar Tonelico 3 is the latest entry in the (wait for it...) Ar Tonelico series of RPGs, which has been given international release through Nippon Ichi. The game is set in Sol Cluster, a towering structure in the land of Cluternia, home to the Reyvateil, a manufactured race that takes care of the tower. You take control of main character Aoto (voiced by Noriaki Sugiyama) and two Reyvateils, Saki (voiced by Mai Goto) and Finnel (voiced by Eri Kitamura).

As the first PS3 entry in the series, the game features 3d maps and characters. Past gameplay systems return, with Aoto "diving" into the girls' "Cosmospheres" and developing stronger ties with them. You'll also unlock multiple personalities for the girls, which can be used in battle.

Namco Bandai details a bonus item for the game today. Those who order in advance will get the Ar Tonelico 3 Official Visual Book. This B5-sized hard cover book includes 44 pages of character illustrations, ads, posters, and package visuals.

In other Ar Tonelico series news, Namco Bandai held a fan event for the game in Akihabara on the 25th. The "Ar Tonelico Fan Appreciation" event featured appearances by voice staff from the upcoming PS3 version. See 4Gamer for a full report.

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