Atlus announces Gungnir, teases another 'G' game


Did you guess Atlus's mystery SRPG to be Gungnir for PSP? Congratulations! For your excellent guessing skills, you win ... the chance to purchase Gungnir on June 12! Atlus has officially unveiled the next game in Sting's "Dept. Heaven" series, an SRPG about a small resistance group who, in addition to fighting its rebellion, must protect a magical spear and a young woman who fell from the sky.

The gameplay assigns predetermined numerical time intervals to all actions, allowing players to plot their movements precisely in terms of how long each will take. It's possible to accelerate combat actions using "tactical points."

Atlus isn't done teasing yet. Immediately after announcing Gungnir, it sent another email teasing the upcoming announcement of another game whose title starts with G.%Gallery-142345%
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THE END IS MJOLNIR! ATLUS ANNOUNCES GUNGNIR, NEW PSP-EXCLUSIVE TACTICAL RPG FROM THE MAKERS OF KNIGHTS IN THE NIGHTMARE, FOR NORTH AMERICA IN 2012

The only thing we have to spear is spear itself.

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA -- DECEMBER 21, 2011 -- ATLUS today announced that it has acquired North American publishing rights for Gungnir™, a new tactical RPG from the makers of the acclaimed Riviera™, Yggdra Union™, and Knights in the Nightmare™, releasing on June 12, 2012 exclusively for PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system.

In a land ravaged by disparity where the impoverished must battle for survival, the fate of all is thrust into uncertainty when rebels happen upon custody of a young female noble and a magical spear of immeasurable power falls from the heavens. Now, hunted by incumbent powers desperate to reclaim the girl and armed with a weapon capable of reshaping the realm, the Resistance must wage war to deliver themselves from the tyranny of their oppressors.

As original as its narrative, Gungnir's strategy RPG mechanics offer a number of fresh twists on an expertly honed formula. Building upon the traditional action queue of turn-based strategy RPGs, actions in Gungnir all have a numerical wait interval associated with them. Faster actions bear smaller numbers, allowing them to precede slower preexisting attacks. Should the player wish, they may sacrifice tactical points, which afford them more combat options, in order to accelerate actions. This classic balance of risk and reward, a staple of Sting titles, enriches the Gungnir's deep strategic battles and gives the player far more critical decisions to weigh.

Gungnir for PSP system is currently scheduled for release on June 12, 2012. For more info, please visit http://www.atlus.com/gungnir.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.