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Information and Screenshots Released for Luminous Arc Infinity’s Battle Systems [UPDATE]

luminous arc infinity 2015-03-11 4[UPDATE: according to the game’s website, a “nostalgic song” will be available as a free download on the day that the game goes on sale.]

Luminous Arc Infinity, the upcoming sequel in the tactical RPG Luminous Arc series, was announced last year in September, at a Sony Computer Entertainment Japan press conference (watch the teaser trailer that accompanied the announcement here), and there’s been virtually nothing about it since.

Whatever the reason for the silence, publisher Marvelous have released new details and screenshots for the game on the its official website. We’ve collected that all below.

Luminous Arc Infinity will have a mix of story sections, and quests and battles, and will have multiple, different endings for players to discover.

During the story sections, before and after battles, players will have the opportunity to engage their teammates in order to increase the characters’ bonds, through a typical visual novel system.

Battles begin with a “Battle Briefing” segment, in which players will choose which characters they wish to take with them into the fight. Supporting characters will have unique commands and customizable abilities of which to take advantage, with options also differing depending on the weapon equipped to a character.

In the battle proper, characters will be able to use songs, including “Calling” songs, which are used to buff allies within their vicinity. Calling increases attack damage, the effectiveness of abilities, and more. An “Ensembling” system, which can join multiple character songs (starting with Solo, and transitioning to Duet, Trio, or even Quartet) will stack song effects, too.

A magical energy, Lapis, exists in the game world, which heroines can accumulate by singing songs. Once enough Lapis is accumulated, characters can use ultimate abilities called “Lapis Bursts”, which deal more damage than normal attacks. Each character has a unique Lapis Burst.

Luminous Arc Infinity is currently being developed for the Playstation Vita, and has no release date yet.

[Editor’s note: the article incorrectly stated that Imageepoch was the developer for this title.]

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5 comments
  1. Nin
    Nin
    March 11, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    I’m amazed this franchise is alive. I remember playing the first two Luminous Arc games. They weren’t bad, but they weren’t really great either.

  2. Chris Caskie
    Chris Caskie
    March 11, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    It’s worth noting that this game isn’t being developed by ImageEpoch, but by Felistella (of Neptunia ReBirth and Summon Night fame). This is very much a situation akin to what we’re seeing with the new Harvest Moon vs. Story of Seasons. As Marvelous owns the rights to the Luminous Arc franchise, ImageEpoch are developing a true successor under a different roof, with a new name, in the form of Stella Glow.

    Both games will likely be worth playing, as these are two talented RPG devs, but it’s important to distance this new Luminous Arc from ImageEpoch.

  3. Dimi Gronnings
    Dimi Gronnings
    March 11, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    I was going off an ex-writer’s coverage of the game last year. Apologies. Fixed.

  4. Tromboner
    Tromboner
    March 11, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    Even though it isn’t the real deal, it still looks good! Hopefully it comes west, I love SRPGs.

  5. amc99
    amc99
    March 12, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Agree… Even though both Stella Glow and LA Infinity have a different artist from the first three LA games in the DS, Stella Glow somehow looks and feel more like the first 3 LA on the DS based on the screenshots and the “vibe” that come from the characters