Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Aselia the Eternal 3 teased - in English!

Everlasting teases a third chapter in the Aselia the Eternal series. Will it live up to its predecessors?

Rednal from the NISA forums tipped me off to a stealth announcement: a third chapter in the -Spirit of the Eternity Sword- series of story-centric SRPGs is being developed.  Furthermore, the official Japanese site has an English language option in the upper right corner, suggesting the game is being developed with the English market in mind.  In the lower right corner, the voice of Orpha cheerfully explains.
It's a new game in the Eien no Aselia series!  Has everyone been well?  It's me, Orpha!  Orpha has a feeling she'll be playing a big role again.  Orpha can't wait to see you!
Dengeki-hime also covered the announcement:

Title: New Testament Aselia the Eternal -The Spirit of Eternity Sword-

Brand: Xuse [Honjouzou]

Age restriction: Non-adult

Planning: Takase Naofumi

Character design: Hitomaru

Released in 2003, the charming other-world summoning game set in a fantasy setting, Aselia the Eternal is getting a reboot as New Testament Aselia the Eternal. Takase Naofumi (of Everlasting) is in charge of overall planning, Hitomaru is in charge of character design, and the main staff is the same as the original Eien no Aselia! They want to maintain and expand on the charm of the original in this full non-adult remake.

According to the official site, this will be the the third chapter of the Eternity Sword series. Takase will be using his doujinshi Aselia the Eternal -The Phantasmagoria Spirits Guide- as the basic story concept for the project, with some alterations. The site also has a drawing of the original character Aselia in addition to a new character, Roween Dina Rakios. What is the new Eien no Aselia story they're making? What will be the connection to Seinarukana? We're eagerly anticipating further details.

The Eternity Sword series centers on swords with special powers.  Based on their power, the swords are ranked in tiers from 10th (weakest) to 1st (strongest), with high-ranking swords possessing a will of their own.  For example: after first being summoned into another world, Aselia the Eternal's protagonist Yuuto wields the 4th ranked sword "Desire", and main heroine Aselia wields the 7th ranked "Existence"--both of which are quite powerful.  Higher ranks than 1st also exist, including the Cosmic Balancers Heaven, Earth, and Scabbard.
Everlasting appears to have recruited members from the original Aselia team to work on the project, which is promising. The voice on Everlasting's page does sound exactly like Orpha's, so they may have gotten the original voice actors onboard also.  However, the English version of the page has very noticeable grammatical errors, which means JAST is likely not involved.  My guess is that this company is targeting a Steam release, likely independent of an English publisher, which raises the possibility that the translation could end up badly botched like If my Heart had Wings.  I'm disappointed that there appears to be no plans for an adult version, especially since the previous two games in the series were originally adult titles.
JAST USA has released the non-adult version of Aselia the Eternal in English, and the adult sequel Seinarukana is slated for release in November 2015.

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