JRPG fans, especially those that are fans of the Atelier series of games can rejoice as the Alchemist of Arland will be launching on June 20th in Europe on the PlayStation store.

“The popular alchemic RPG franchise from Gust carries on the tradition of the Atelier series, using alchemy as the main focal point. Atelier Rorona Plus focuses on the exploits of Rorolina Frixell, one the most beloved characters of the Arland trilogy (Ateliers Meruru/ Totori/ Rorona), a young girl who is assigned to complete alchemy tasks over 3 years in order to keep her alchemy workshop and not be banished from the kingdom of Arland.

Players can craft new items and also battle enemies using the power of alchemy. As all games in the Atelier series, this title is set against a stunning anime-like background with beautiful 3D graphics and is characterised by an elaborate crafting and synthesis system.

At the behest of a wide number of fans, Atelier Rorona Plus features a completely redone 3D character model for Rorona, but the improvements don’t stop there as the game itself has been significantly enhanced: the item synthesis & crafting system has been redesigned for better playability, while there will be additional chapters and playable characters previously unavailable throughout the series.”

We are big fans of the series here at The Vita Lounge, and we have been told of many new additions to the title, which include:
o New character models,
o New field model for more vibrant scenery,
o Additional stories- new chapters featuring Totori and Meruru (the main characters of the other two parts of the Arland trilogy), extra content and new illustrations,
o Additional Content, including various playable characters, maps, bosses, costumes and more
o Improved Synthesis system and new assignment system,
o Expanded Item Crafting
o New battle system with advanced battle features, skill execution between various characters etc
o A Time Capsule system that allow players to bury items in Atelier Rorona and pick them up in Atelier Meruru, and Totori (cross content with PS VITA versions of Atelier Meruru Plus and Atelier Totori Plus)
o Over 30 different Endings: Depending on how you interact with characters and complete your missions, the ending will change, making for extremely high replay value.
o Cross Save/ Share data between the PS3 and PSVITA versions.

We also have a few screens to share with you. So, that cross content idea sounds very interesting – is anyone going to be picking this one up?

  • Rodolfo Ferreira

    Oh God what’s up with Japanese developers? Are they female? First comes Project Diva f from Sega followed by an announcement of a female tank fight and now these “so cutie” Vita games.. I mean come on! Enough of these, why can’t anyone in Japan follow Square Enix and make something like Sleeping Dogs? Or maybe a Samurai-based GTA-oriented game that takes place in China? We want gangs, bang-bangs, blood bath, Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee..not these female theme games anymore! Vita deserves better!

    • simon askew

      you are joking right? There are too many male orientated games as it is. Project Diva and Atelier are both Awesome. And just to comment on Square Enix, Bravely Default is quite female orientated. A good game is a good game. I think your are joking!

    • Lester Paredes

      Wha…? Look, maybe YOU want gangs and blood baths, but not everyone does. Frankly, there’s enough on Vita already: Metal Gear HD Collection, Killzone Mercenary, Soul Sacrifice, Unit 13, Assassin’s Creed Liberation, God of War Collection, Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus and Sigma 2 Plus… the list goes on. So, speak for yourself. You always have the incredibly ridiculous option of not buying it.

      • Rodolfo Ferreira

        You can run your mouth sticking to 2012 Vita games but it’s 2014 now. Also, you know you’ve felt the same way and maybe even thought the same stuff I previously posted. You just have to play the jerk and pretend you haven’t, posting something entirely different from my opinion.

        You know what why don’t you go ahead and label my comment as bullshit and move onto something else?

        If you got fed up with my comments, then don’t stop by to answer them.

        • Kyle Wakeling

          Calm down guys, what’s with all the hostility?

          • Rodolfo Ferreira

            It’s nothing. Hard not to disagree with someone these days, I guess. Anyway, back to our daily routine, nothing special to see here.

          • Lester Paredes

            I think it’s because I dared disagree with him. Oh well. Such is the internet.

          • Rodolfo Ferreira

            Look, I don’t hate you; I don’t even dislike you. The thing is we’re on the same Vita boat and sometimes our different opinions may push ourselves into colliding against each other. I’m not telling you to get used to it, it just happens. Let’s not be enemies.

          • Lester Paredes

            I agree. Olive branch accepted. Now let’s go shoot some stuff in the head.

        • Lester Paredes

          Killzone, Soul Sacrifice, God of War Collection are all 2013 or 2014. I’m not being a jerk by pointing out that your gaming wants have been met consistently and almost exclusively. Nor am I being a jerk by pointing out that you don’t have to buy the games you don’t want to.

          What I am experiencing is called incredulity, which is the state of being unable to believe something, in this case, your opinion that there aren’t enough games to satiate your needs. I didn’t even mention Dragon’s Crown, Injustice, Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter X Tekken, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Dead or Alive Plus or Toukiden, or the upcoming Borderlands 2 and Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus, and Freedom Wars, all of which fit in your tastes, have various levels of violence, and even some T&A (because it sounds as if you’re a teenager with a chip on your shoulder) and are recent, older and even upcoming.

          I wasn’t ‘fed up’ with your comments. I was simply pointing out that if you don’t like the game, don’t buy it.

          And if YOU are fed up with people disagreeing with you, perhaps the internet isn’t the best place for you to be.

          • Rodolfo Ferreira

            It’s okay dude, sorry about my latest comment. We all have our different opinions, I do respect that. However, the money is mine so it’s up to me whether or not I’m going to buy it, I don’t care if you judge it ‘ridiculous’ or not. As for the Internet not the best place, lol, trust me, I’ve met pricks beyond your level, so I’m just fine with that.

          • Lester Paredes

            Lol. Well, if there’s one thing I’ll readily admit, it’s that I’m a great big dick sometimes. It’s just odd to me that when I’m not trying to be one, it seems to come out stronger (Hey-Oh! The dick jokes just write themself!). I mean, re-reading that last sentence, I sound really mean. I certainly didn’t mean that your choice NOT to buy was ridiculous, and I apologize if it came across that way. I meant that you always have the OPTION to not buy it, which is a ridiculously easy thing to choose.

  • The digital-only thing for the Vita is saddening considering how much space the Atelier games use. Totori and Meruru are both a good 3-3.5 GB a piece. PS3 is getting retail, but Vita isn’t.

    Still a day one buy, though. My Vita backlog is looking to keep climbing up and up as these announcements happen.

    • Lester Paredes

      I know. These are consistently rather large games. I wish they’d go physical, but I’m mostly just glad that we’re actually getting the game.

    • devilmaycare34

      nippon-yasan.com sells the 64gig card for about £60 with the postage. For anyone in the UK they probably paid as much for the 32. Great site if anyone needs to up their space.

  • Slizarus

    I just picked up Meruru thinking Rorona wouldn’t be out for many moons, now it’s almost here? Bloody! I hope the date is the same for US, I may pick it up at standard price even if I enjoy the mid and late game of Meruru as much as the beginning.

    To anyone doubting, these games are solid JRPGs with unique crafting systems and the Plus versions are neat, I’m excited for a remake, I hope it updates the crafting to be as fun as the other entries 🙂

  • Lester Paredes

    YES! My Vita is ready! Though my memory card is not…

  • devilmaycare34

    Yesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss! I bought he other 2 but didn’t play yet so this is perfecttttttttttttttttttttttttttt.