Rorona Plays A Key Role In The Next Atelier Project For PS3

By Spencer . March 7, 2011 . 11:27pm

gustnewaAs promised, Gust revealed some details about their next Atelier game in Dengeki PlayStation. Scans from the magazine show Rorona, the star of Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland, at 14 years old and 22 years old from her role in Atelier Totori.


22 year old Rorona says greets her fans by saying it’s been a long time and reveals she has a role in the next Atelier game. Rorona says players will see Rorona grow up further and to keep reading Dengeki PlayStation for more details.


Perhaps to throw fans off, the magazine also shows a scan of Rorona as a young girl. No details about the new character, which was introduced at Gust’s Atelier event this weekend were in the magazine.


If trademarks are an indicator (and they tend to be!) the new Atelier game will probably be called Atelier Meruru. Gust filed a trademark for the title in Japan. Gust will release the next Atelier title for PlayStation 3.



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  • Vino (Tim N)

    I like what Gust is doing with Rorona, having a recurring character in their games but not always as the main character.

    • M’iau M’iaut

      They’ve been quite willing to do that, adds a bit of fan service and reminds folks the worlds are the same or at least linked. Pamela has appeared in Ateliers going back at least to Violet, was playable (with her own ending) in MK1 and even popped up in Rorona. Iris is in all three games that bear her name — none of which she is the MC for. A couple of the fairies show up in otherwise unrelated games too.

      • Zero_Destiny

        The only prob is that the Atelier timeline makes so little sense. It can be hard to follow. I take most cameos as fanservice and try not to think about it. Even the Iris trilogy isn’t much of a trilogy at all. It goes Iris 2 (prequel) and then Iris 1. Then there’s Iris 3 (which admittedly I haven’t played yet) which takes place in a parallel what-if world and isn’t the same world as the first two. >__< I'm too confused now. lol
        EDIT: If anyone wants to clear things up for me. PLEASE do so. This timelne is starting to make less sense (well to me) than Zelda lol

        • None of the Iris games are linked – it’s three separate stories.

          For most part, the Iris series is the only named series that isn’t linked in any way.

          Marie to Violet are (Not sure about Judie though) in some tangential manner (Elie and Marie are about 5 years apart, but from memory Violet requires traveling far into the future as an example). Annie and Lise are (Need to check on Lina though) in the same world, because Lise signs up with Annie, and so is Mana Khemia 1/2, and Rorona/Totori.

          In short, Iris acts a bit more like Final Fantasy in a lot of respects (at least in regards with reoccuring characters) since the Pamelas don’t link from series to series, a bit like how the Fairies (Atelier Marie all the way to Mana Khemia and even Atelier Lise/Annie/Lina) aren’t in any way related to each to each set, but seem to be around in some capacity or another.

          • shy_mel

            I believe Violet is a sequel to Judie.

          • I’m not sure where it sits on the timeline though, since it’s the only one I haven’t played in any detail (I’ve been intending to get the PSP remake for a while, but I’ve been busy.) so that’s where the limits of what I know ends.

            It’s one of the two blind spots I have (the other is Lina) in regards with the Atelier series.

          • Zero_Destiny

            Thank you :) From what I heard Iris 2 was a prequel to Iris 1 with the chara Iris being a child in 2 and older in 1. Then the Iris in 3 is completely different but your explanation makes more sense. I’ll just view Iris as the Cid of the Iris Trilogy when I start up Iris 3.

          • Iris 1 & 2 are linked by the fact that they both have the (very important) supporting character Iris Blanchimont in both games. They also share at least one dungeon. The stories are completely separate though, with their only connection being Iris. Iris 3 is definitely not related to 1 & 2 in any way though.

          • Zero_Destiny

            @Lee THAT’S WHAT I HEARD!!!! The chara of Iris is the same chara in 2 and 1 (just older in 1). Man one person says one thing and another says something else. This Atelier timeline is getting more and more confusing again. >_< I've read it on tvtropes: [] So does that make true?

          • Er… The very first trope on that list explains things perfectly. The Iris games without a doubt, take place in separate continuities from the other games, meaning they aren’t connected to the other games at all.

          • Zero_Destiny

            @Lee I never said they(Iris trilogy) were connected to the other games. I was just talking about how there are SO many different timelines to keep track of. Anyways if anyone wants to believe in tvtropes it says that:
            1.) The first continuity is the “Salburg” one, which encompasses all five “original” games (Marie, Elie, Lilie, Judie, and Violet) and their spinoffs. They all take place in the same universe, with many characters making appearances in multiple games; the time period between the start of Atelier Lilie (chronologically the first) and Atelier Violet is roughly 35 years.
            2.) The next one is the Atelier Iris and Atelier Iris 2 form their own continuity, Atelier Iris 2 being a prequel of sorts that takes place long before Atelier Iris 1 with Atelier Iris 3, while featuring certain characters who are similar, is in its own, sole continuity.
            3.) After that we’ve come to Mana Khemia 1 and 2 form another continuity; it remains to be seen if any other games will take place here.
            4.) Then there’s the question of The most recent games that are difficult to place. No one really knows were all these games fit into. Atelier Liese and Atelier Annie are clearly in continuity with each other, and at first glance the Arland games (Atelier Rorona and Atelier Totori) also appear to form their own continuity. However, there are vague hints that Liese/Annie may well take place in the “Salburg” continuity and that the Arland games may be in continuity with them; Gust is being very cagey about all this currently.
            Thus is what I’ve learned from tvtropes. It’s very confusing and only gives me a headache lol >_<

          • Unless there’s a ∀ Gundam-esque kind of game that’ll tie them all into one timeline, I don’t think you should worry about it so much. When we do actually see some solid evidence that ties the recent games to the first 5 games, then we should worry about things like that.

          • Are you 100% sure of that? there certainly seems to be a timeline going 2-3-1 and a decent amount of reasoning behind it, though I’m not sure how to post it here without spoiling stuff for people

          • For most part, from what I remember reading from Gusts’ artbooks and the like they make no mention of any links.

            It’s certainly possible, but from what I know, there’s been no official confirmation. Granted my Japanese is pretty spotty, since I rely on others to read the various books I have on my shelf.

            Such a chain be a bit convoluted at best, and it exposes a few plotholes in the process, although it wouldn’t be the first time where things get messed up.

            You’re free to make up one, but I remember back when Grand Phantasm came out that people were scrambling to make a link, and they struggled.

      • Don’t forget Trinity Universe, which convinced me it was not Pamela because MK1 was my first Atelier game. ^^

      • Soma

        Pamela needs her own game. =)

    • Kai2591

      I like their flexibility~

  • HarryHodd

    I really like Rorona as a character. Very positive and aloof. She made me smile throughout AR.

    • Same here. Many characters in Gust’s games have that ‘special’ personality that keep you coming back for more.

      • Joanna

        I agree. I thought I would hate Annie based on her description: so lazy that she wants to marry a rich man and do nothing all her life, but when the game actually starts and you play with the character, there is just something charming about her that you can’t help but like her and cheer for her. I need to pick up Rorona D:

  • Very good, Gust! Very good indeed.

  • DanteJones

    Nice! Rorona is pretty awesome, so seeing her come back for the third is nice. Also seeing said awesome characters age over time is pretty cool too. :)

  • Zero_Destiny

    I love Rorona and her penchant for pies. XD It’ll be nice to see her again (and ALL-GROWN up too, my how time flies). :)

    • M’iau M’iaut

      IGN will still want you to register as a sexual predator after playing this new one, though.

      • Zero_Destiny

        Argh I can’t even hide it either since I bought it with my credit card. ;_; It’s on record now. Looks like the government will be mailing out notifications to whatever new, neighborhood I move to. lol I still don’t get how this game is dirty. I mean it’s moé and what have you, but dirty? Nah, I don’t really think so. I think IGN are the dirty ones for thinking it’s dirty.

  • kroufonz

    if this gonna be named atelier meruru than they should include hoshikuzu witch meruru costume, and let yukarin as main heroine CV for maximum impact ><

    still waiting news for totori western release (hopefully after ar tonelico qoqa released nisa will announce something)

    • Kai2591

      lol I was reminded of THAT Meruru as well~

      • superdry

        haha. Same here! That would be an awesome crossover.

  • As much as I hated the time limit in Rorona, I’m still looking forward to Tortori and hope this gets localized, as well. Besides the time limit, I loved everything about Rorona. I’m sure I’ll feel the same about the sequels.

    • badmoogle

      If this one doesn’t have a time limit i’ll bite!

    • Draparde

      i agree. i wish they at least let you do what you want at the end of the game with no time limit before you actually end the game. (though ill probably get Totori with or without a time limit to be honest lol)

  • MisterDandylion

    mmmmm I like Rorona (maybe because it was the only Atelier game I played)

    She deserves that role as a recurring character :)

  • PrinceHeir

    awesome :D

    i can’t wait to play all 3 games at once(rorono,totori and this)

  • Very nice Gust. Very Nice.

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