Tecmo Koei Bringing Atelier Ayesha To North America?

By Spencer . January 4, 2013 . 12:09am

imageTecmo Koei acquired Atelier series developer Gust and announced Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk for Europe. They’re going to publish the title in PAL territories, which kind of makes sense since they distribute some of NIS America’s games in Europe. Atelier Ayesha will be available in Europe Q1 2013.


We haven’t heard much about a North American release other than NIS America confirming they were working on the game during Anime Expo. According to the ESRB, Tecmo Koei will be the publisher for the T-rated Atelier Ayesha, though. Here’s what the rating board says about Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk.


This is a role-playing game in which players assume the role of Ayesha, a young girl attempting to save her sister by learning alchemy. Players control and encounter characters, explore various landscapes, and battle numerous fantastical enemies (e.g., rock monsters, lizards). Players use swords, magic attacks, crossbows, and occasional firearms in turn-based battles (i.e., selecting attack moves from a menu screen). During the course of the game, a handful of cutscenes include suggestive material: two female characters accidentally groping each other in a dark cave; a female character discussing being touched by men (e.g., “Whenever something happened, some guys would always touch my butt in the midst of the confusion”); two female characters taking a bath together (deep cleavage is depicted). One scene briefly depicts the central character passing out after drinking alcohol; dialogue also refer to intoxication (e.g., “I guess I’ll start with the hard liquor! Give me one that’s got a high proof!” and “If anything, there’s so little alcohol, even a kid might not get drunk off of it.”). One character is occasionally smokes cigarettes in the game.


Atelier Ayesha might be available in North America in early March. Amazon and Gamefly’s product pages peg the RPG for March 5 and March 7, respectively.

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  • DarkWaterClone

    I was wondering if NISA would lose the rights to publish the game seeing as TK owns Gust. I hope this means NISA can now get a chance to try their luck at bringing out another cool game. I hope with TK bringing out this game they bring out the Vita Atelier games too.

    • Pyrofrost

      That would be up to TK.
      However, since NISA has announced that they are working on Ayesha…that suggests the situation for this game will be the same as the previous games Gust has been involved with this gen.

  • Billy

    It should be noted that none of the Atelier games are sold on NIS America’s website anymore.

  • MrSirFeatherFang

    If they make a Limited Edition, I hope it’s not a GameStop exclusive… The employees always mishandle the box or if I get it shipped it always comes damaged.
    Well I’m glad it’s coming in the first place

    • Ladius

      If the game is published by NISA in the US, it will probably have a limited edition, be it retail or NISA Store exclusive. The question at this point is if NISA is simply localizing the game, or if it is localizing and publishing the game while Koei handles distribution, as it did many other times.

  • Wondering_Zero

    I was wondering what NISA was doing, and while this frees them up a bit I can’t help but feel like it’s quite a loss. I loved the Atlier games and I enjoyed the Limited Edition versions that NISA made for a reasonable price. A part of me can’t help but feel that TK is gonna screw us out of a cool Limited Edition.

    This also explains why the NISA online store no longer has copies of the Atelier series available for sell. Once again, maybe I’m overreacting, but I can’t help but feel worried for Atelier Ayesha and any future Atlier games coming westward, if they come over at all, with TK handling it now.

    • landlock

      I wouldn’t be worried to much Tecmo Koei generally releases quite a few obscure games already in America/Europe. While this’ll be there first JRPG as far as I know it should turn out fine they may even be using Nippon Ichi to localize it who knows.

      Hope they use the same voice actors as Dynasty Warriors it’s been to long since Steve Blum and the other old voice actors have done an JRPG.

      • Wondering_Zero

        There lies another problem. Will they include dual-audio like NISA? Or will they decide to include English audio only because it’s cheaper then getting both dubs?

        In a JRPG like this where you’ll be spending hours doing stuff, I’d rather have a voice I can’t understand saying stuff that sounds good to me, then a voice I can understand but sounds bad or has a weak performance behind it.

        • Nemesis_Dawn

          I’ve always liked the English voices for the Atelier games. But then again, with NISA not the publisher, I have the same worry you do, but from the opposite spectrum. I see a few games where they just keep the Japanese audio instead of spending the extra money to get a good English dub going on.

          This is why dual audio is best, because it would make both you and me happy, and neither of us know if Tecmo Koei will include it.

          • Pyrofrost

            I agree. I don’t believe it’s a question of whether or not Japanese audio will be included; but more if the audio will be Japanese only.

            If the latter is the case, then you can expect a digital only release. However, since their are retail versions up for pre-order it suggests dual-audio will be the format.

            Also, we have to keep in mind that NISA is the company that confirmed they are working on it. So for NA, I think it will be as it has been this gen…NISA licensing and publishing the game and Tecmo Koei handling distribution.

  • Draparde

    Im happy its comming! but i hope i dont play it wishing NISA published it instead :x. i will have faith!

  • Interface23

    NISA is Localizing, TK is Publishing

    • Nemesis_Dawn

      If this is the case, I can rest easier.

    • Ladius

      I think so, too, but do we have a legitimate source that says so?

      • Pyrofrost

        The fact that NISA announced they were working on it suggests this. Otherwise, NISA wouldn’t be in the picture.

        • Ladius

          They did say so, but since then they haven’t said a single word about the game, which is really strange since it goes against their marketing habits. The fact that this game is supposed to be out in three months is even stranger, in that light.

          • Pyrofrost

            I would just call that more coincidence, than actually trying to read into it. If things were to change to that effect, Tecmo Koei would come forward and address it.

          • Ladius

            Having no marketing for a game that will be out in 90 days isn’t a coincidence, though, especially when NISA is already pushing Neptunia Victory which will be released after Atelier Ayesha. It’s just a strange situation where the explanation seem obvious, but the clues go against it.

          • Pyrofrost

            Well NISA doesn’t generally heavily market games that aren’t developed by NIS. We generally get an email 60~90 days before release letting us know we can preorder it.

            Aside from that we don’t even know that it’s going to be out in 90 days. What is on these sites is called a “tentative release date.” Retail companies put that stuff up all the time so they can start taking preorders in advance. I would say that we will get an email from NISA before these guys have the real date.

    • Pyrofrost

      I believe what you mean is NISA is licensing and publishing, and Tecmo Koei is distributing.

  • Ladius

    Honestly, this doesn’t tell us much since Tecmo Koei could have made a deal with NISA in order to make them localize the game while handling publishing duties directly. Has anyone tried asking NIS America directly how things are going?

  • Joshua Myers

    Awesome, they plan on releasing it out here sweet love the atelier games

  • Andrew Arndt

    NiSa will be working another game net noted but it black rocks shooter most likely iv already seen it on listing :D plus othere games aka

  • FetusZero

    It will still be NISA. The same happened with Ar Tonelico back then and it probably still happens nowadays, where Tecmo are the ones credited for publishing the game in North America (which they do for Europe only), although it is NISA who publishes it in North America. The only reason this happens is because while NISA publishes it, Tecmo takes care of the actual licensing or something, or distributing. NISA and Tecmo have always worked close together and I doubt TK acquiring GUST will change anything to that.

  • Either, I feel great I can get this version in English. Now are we getting a collectors edition…

  • Whoever publishes it, I hope they keep that same cover. Love it.

  • AndyFe

    it is nice to know some solid facts about the release of this game, I do hope the date is accurate. I hope that it won’t be a download only title, I know TK doesn’t always have DD only games but there is always a chance and this series definitely deserves a physical release

  • Kai2591

    The big concern for me, is whether or not the localized Ayesha will have Japanese audio included….though it will be pretty strange if they decide not to include it as all previous Atelier games have Japanese voice included, therefore providing it is the obvious thing to do. So I think they will include it.

    Admittedly, I may not actually get this game, but I love GUST (for their other games i.e. Ar Tonelico) so however they choose to localize this game, it may affect future games from GUST as well, some of which I may buy :)

    Also, if NISA isn’t the one doing the actual localization, I hope they don’t change the dialogue too much away from their original meaning, e.g. certain jokes that they may change to suit non-Japanese who may not get it (but those of us familiar with such Japanese jokes may understand)….does that make sense? haha~

  • Learii

    i never though Koei the one who bring this game to NA i though is going to be NISA sincce NISA bring all other Atelier games well i guess there won’t be any Litmed Eidtion for this one then

  • Pichi

    Concerned about this now. Will it have English VA? And will it be digital only? I really hope NISA is doing the localization on this one and did like what they did for previous titles.

  • OverlordZetta

    Honestly, between TK and NISA, you’ve got two companies that almost always bring stuff over (except for those darn current gen Playstation Samurai Warriors!), so I’m not shocked – glad to hear it, naturally, but I was hoping it was a matter of time.

    • Ladius

      Don’t remind me of Samurai Warriors 3 Empires :( I’m still extremely sad it didn’t manage to be localized, even if Dynasty Warriors 7 Empires will probably sate my thirst for management and hack&slash crossovers.

      • M’iau M’iaut

        Hehe I can remember a time when folks would complain we couldn’t get our Nobunaga and Romance fixes, but the Samurai/Dynasty games were ‘just fine’.

        • Ladius

          If you want, we can complain about the lack of RoTK XII announcements together :P

          That said, I admit I’m so addicted to Europa Universalis 3 and other grand strategy Paradox games I can manage to live without the old Koei traditional franchises, while the Empire Musou subseries has its own unique balance and would be almost impossible to replace.

  • margherita mastropaolo

    this is a great news indeed

  • Blesmi

    Well if it’s TK we can say goodbye to any chance of there being a fancy box (or perhaps even a dub at this point). Really hope NISA gets it. Then again NISA never brought over the Atelier Violet remake so screw em.

  • kroufonz

    as long as they maintain disc release and jp voice i don’t have any problem.
    and hopefully future game will have LE

    I just hope they keep Atelier franchise and Gust RPG in general alive and keep pushing and building the franchise outside japan. they are bigger than NISA so they should really give atelier more marketing effort.

  • They should hurry up with the release date because it’s already Jan. 4th and I’m getting impatient here!

  • Anime10121

    While I couldnt get into the Arland series (well except for dat GORGEOUS ART), I’m very much looking forward to Ayesha! Cant wait til it drops and I currently have it on preorder at Amazon just awaiting its release.

  • raymk

    Let me put it this way, if they don’t give me a disc release I’m importing it from Europe.

  • Elvick

    I just want the NISA touches, dual audio, awesome limited edition. Without these, it will be a sad day.

    And this article didn’t really answer any of my questions about the handling of this game’s localization. D;

  • puchinri

    As awkward and iffy as part of that sounds, excited to hear something more on the game actually coming over. Yes, yes and yes. I waited for this. ;u;

    Really hoping for some nice LE and/or preorder additions too~.

    Mildly Off-topic Edit : Was it Koei that actually handled the translating/all of Opoona’s localization? Because if so, was that a specific team or something? I haven’t had much experience with Koei’s titles after that, so I don’t know what their localizations are generally like and I appreciated how quirky the game remained (and they seemed to be rather spot on translation when it was correct), but I’m worried about the possibility of bad translation. ouo;

  • Herman Alexis Melo Navarro

    i am getting a bad feel about japanase voice :S

  • So will the translation be intact. I’m a little worried about Tecmo-Koei handling a JRPG like this.

  • Theofratus ‘Geese’ Lester

    I know it’s not gonna happen anytime soon, but…

    I still want my American releases to Atelier Lise ~The Alchemist of Ordre~ and
    Atelier Lina ~The Alchemist of Strahl~ for the Nintendo DS.

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