There’s Much More To Atelier Meruru Than Alchemy

By Spencer . April 18, 2011 . 4:09am

Before we get to the world building system, here’s one of the characters traveling with Meruru. Kaena Swaya is a 14 year old maid and one of Meruru’s childhood friends.

 

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In battle, Kaena can support the party with her songs. Her Song of Blessing temporarily raises the levels of everyone in the group. When she’s not buffing your team she can create and swing a giant rubber hammer.

 

Rufus Falken is another key character. This steward of the kingdom doesn’t search for alchemy ingredients with Meruru, he acts as a tutor of sorts and gives you quests.

 

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As a supporter of Meruru’s land revitalization, Rufus awards for completing quests like alchemizing food to feed hungry soldiers with cultivation points which you can use to rebuild the Kingdom of Earls. This system is a key component of the game. Those points increase your kingdom rank, which can bump up the population. Your kingdom rank extends the world map and you can spend those hard earned points to construct new buildings.

 

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  • holyPaladin

    Meruru sounds better news by news~
    I can rebuild the kingdom :)

    and Maid ftw!!

  • z_merquise

    I love me some anime maids!

  • http://strictlyapathy.comoj.com/ SoulArbiter

    This game just seems to get better and better! If this is to be the last chapter for this particular series, it’s definitely pulling out all the stops! I’m hopeful for a Western release for this game.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Gillman/46600746 Daniel Gillman

    I need to learn Japanese so I can start importing this stuff instead of waiting for the localization to happen. We are what, two games behind this one?

    • Neckbear

      Actually, we only have Totori before this one. If it comes out this year, then perhaps we could expect Meruru next year.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Leafy_Cam Leafhopper

    Yes you are correct it also has giant hammers.

  • Kai2591

    So its also about country-building?
    Awesome~

  • Zero_Destiny

    This Game = Kawaii ^_^

  • http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=2704923 Buntar0

    This is what I consider is a good looking game. The blend of artwork, detailed characters and rather simple but effective backgrounds has something calming and will always look better than any Shaderfest X.

    Btw, can’t wait for Hagel/Hageru or whatever they will translated his name this time. His theme song in Rorona was hilarious.

  • Darkrise

    … That’s it, I’m going to import this! It just looks too beautiful to miss and I’m starting to doubt whether or not we’d get a localization. 50/50 actually.

    • http://www.nisamerica.com NickyD

      50/50? Really? Check out the localization record of console-based Gust titles and see if you’d like to revise!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1472407455 Charles Lupula

      Try 99/1. The 1 being if the world ends before NISA get a chance to localize it.

  • IceRomancer

    I adore the graphics In this game! They look so streamlined and beautiful! Plus this game sounds like it’s gonna be awesome! I really hope they decide to bring it overseas :)

  • http://www.nisamerica.com NickyD

    Why did I read it as “There’s Much Ado About Atelier Meruru”?

    Oh well. Shakespeare it is not.

  • http://twitter.com/Saculogir Saculogir

    Waiting for this game hurts me so bad! It looks so amazing yet so far off!

    Well, at least I have Qoga to buffer the pain until then…

  • PrinceHeir

    Maids and Butlers oh my god :D

    love the artstyle, though will be looking for more gameplay footage ^^

  • DanteJones

    Cuteness overload!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Agino-Terra-Terra/100000005990054 Agino Terra Terra

    will need the 2 game U.S fist =(

  • puchinri

    How cool. Makes me wish there was a game that was a crossover/mix of Atelier and HM.

    And the art and background is really nice. Although Xillia is looking nice now, I wish Graces had a look like this (the cutscenes ended up looking odd or creepy to me). I’m really enjoying the palette and mood too. The scenery is still vibrant and lush, but I like those gray and blue skies in the distance.

    I just might pick up Rorona and Totori after all. Then again, maybe not and just go with this one…

  • HarryHodd

    I want this game so bad it’s not even funny. Unicorns FTW!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1472407455 Charles Lupula

    Very cool. So, when’s NISA’s yearly “Announce a whole lot of stuff” event?

  • Detsuahxe

    I bought Rorona and I will buy Totori if it gets localized. Feed me moegames, you bastards. I want them all.

  • AnimusVox

    This is weird for me to say but Meruru is kinda hot.
    *slaps self*

  • AzureNova

    Come on NIS localization HNGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG >_< !!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J24UY7QAEKQY576PHZYS3EN6BA Celine

    Well, Atelier Meruru is, if nothing else, a very pretty game. Luckily I get the feeling it’ll probably be pretty fun too.

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