Looks Like Tecmo Koei Will Publish Atelier Totori Plus In The West

By Spencer . February 25, 2013 . 12:20am

imageStarting with Atelier Ayesha, Tecmo Koei is in charge of the Atelier series. It appears they will bring over the PlayStation Vita port, Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland Plus as well.

 

A rating on Australia’s Classification Board lists Tecmo Koei as the publisher and the game’s English title. In Australia, Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland Plus is rated "R 18+", which is a much stronger rating than the original game with was "PG" in the region.

 

All of the DLC characters in Atelier Totori are included and the Vita version has a brand new Orthogalaxen dungeon. NIS America localized the original game, so we suppose Tecmo Koei will use that script. I wonder who will localize the new content and, of course, if Gust will add in an option for Japanese voiceovers.

 

A tip of the hat and slice of pie to Ereek for sending us an e-mail. Thanks!


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  • TheExile285

    Sweet ^_^

  • Kevadu

    I hope they learned something from all the outrage surrounding Ayesha and keep the Japanese voices as an option this time…

    • Xerain

      If they do I’m fully prepared to platinum this game a second time.

    • raymk

      The outrage hasn’t really done anything to the sales of ayesha so what lesson should they take from this. Especially since the vita verison of the game is almost sure to not be profitable even with dual audio.

      • Kevadu

        Ayesha isn’t actually out yet…

        A lot of people have said they won’t buy it because of the audio issue. Of course it remains to be seen what will actually happen, but given that these are niche games to begin with it’s not a big stretch to imagine it having an effect.

        And it’s remarkable that you know all the costs and sales information to know the game can’t be profitable with dual audio. I’m curious where you’re getting these ‘facts’.

        • Xerain

          Don’t forget there was some news story posted on this very sight implying the opposite. They’ll include Dual Audio in the sequel to Ayesha if it does well.

        • raymk

          Talk to atlus, its one of the reasons they rarely even use dual audio and almost all of their games sale well and better than any of niche company even without dual audio.

          • 324234

            To be fair, Atlus’s dubs are so good that I’d choose them over the original. With Atelier I’ve preferred the JPN audio, so I’m passing on Ayesha for the time being :( I’d love to pick up Totori+ if it’s retained though.

  • http://amc9988.deviantart.com/ amc99

    YEEEESS! I always want to play this series, I hope the other one will get localized as well!

    • Andrew Arndt

      im sure the will Meru sold very well so it should happen

      • TheExile285

        Meru on Vita doesn’t come out till Marth 20 but hopefully it will sell well. I love my Vita but I want some more RPGs localized

        • http://www.carpefulgur.com SpaceDrake

          “Marth 20″? SOMEONE’S been playing too much Fire Emblem, I think. :V

          • http://twitter.com/Falmung Falmung

            Oh god. You know you’ve been playing too much Fire Emblem when the mere mention of Marth gets you all Fire emblemy. Totally happened to me.

    • Crazy_O

      Let’s hope the best…
      I will not buy it without original dub though. And yes, I can’t play a japanese game in english as a non native english speaker. It sounds extremly wierd it destroys any kind of immersion.

      • sunK1D

        I grew up in Brazil only speaking Portuguese. Use to play JRPGs all the time without understanding a damn thing of either English or Japanese(looking at your FF). I don’t take any localization for granted though and seeing i can’t speak Japanese, i’ll take English and be happy.
        But yeah, i guess it doesn’t hurt to have dual audio though.

  • MrSirFeatherFang

    TK USA: There will be no JP audio
    Me: Is there no other way?
    TK USA: Are you still thinking like that? You’ll die if you play any of our games with any doubt left in your heart. If you want the pact with GUST you must BUY OUR GAMES!
    Me: So… that’s your way. Everyone leave this to me. Get Ready!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_Etzp5Ys-s
    TK USA: I’m not going to hold back this time
    Me: I know… I won’t either…
    TK USA: Lighting bl-Judgement!
    Me: WTF!
    GAME OVER
    btw I’m still buying this if there is no JP audio

    • Nicholas Perry

      If they had to fit it all on a 4GB cart it’d have to be heavily compressed.

      And that’s even if they can afford to license it or will be allowed to even go near licensing it.(See Persona 4 Anime Blu-rays. No Japanese audio due to fear of reverse importation.)

      • MrSirFeatherFang

        I’ve seen both issues come up quite a bit, so I am well informed. My post above is a little joke… if you can find out which (obvious) game the dialogue I took it from.
        I’ve heard there are some instances where anime distributed outside Japan are NOT the same in terms of quality… however I’m not one of those audopihles or ones who can perfectly see the dfferences in terms of video quality. Sometimes the Japanese audio is lower in quality in favor of the English one (I mean it is a English release). You’d have to be crazy to look these things up… :D

        • Xerain

          Not some cases, most. Japanese and US anime discs cater to entirely different markets. Back in the VHS era, when rental shops were prevalent, and this goes for the US as well, videos would be sold by the company to the rental shop for around $80. This higher price included the right to rent out the tape for profit.

          Many obscure anime in Japan never got a retail release, and were only available for purchase by rental shops… so Japanese anime otaku got in the habit of paying $80 a tape so they could own their favorite anime instead of only being able to rent it.

          They’re still selling to the crowd, $60-$80 a disc with two episodes. Given that these people are hard core collectors, all the video compression settings are usually maxed out in favor of quality.

          So you’ll get an anime that was released in Japan targeted at collectors getting a lower cost retail release in the US. Obviously if they’re putting 5 episodes on a disc the video is going to be more compressed, which means more blocky artifacts floating around in the dark scenes.

          Although personally the combing and interlacing issues bother me much more. That’s easily seen all the time. Fortunately it’s not an issue on the HD Blu-Ray release these days, which is why I’ve been willing to buy a lot more anime these days, assuming it gets a release on Blu-Ray.

    • RaikageV

      Nice one! xD
      ToS <3

      Was the audio in the other localized games that bad? (I haven't played any of them (yet)).

      • MrSirFeatherFang

        Hmm, not sure what you mean, if you mean my post below, I was talking about anime.
        btw I haven’t played them either :D
        despite owning them
        edit: oh now I know what you mean

      • http://geekouts.blogspot.com/ miruki

        It’s not really that bad… it’s just not really that good either imo. Definitely no Arc Rise Fanatasia tho. 8)

        Atelier games just have so many cute characters with Japanese “moe” personalities and especially for those I find the US dub a little “off” most of the time… there’s also the fact that most (if not all?) Atelier games have a full Japanese dub and just a partial English dub… (For Ayesha this means that there’s no fully dubbed version at all since the English dub will be only partial as well… orz)

    • Maria Garcia

      enjoy the shitty english voices

      • MrSirFeatherFang

        I didn’t know it was that bad, I usually have all my games in Japanese…
        edit: actually now you remind me of something…
        I called TK USA up about Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus and if it had JP audio included. The person I talked to had NO idea. For NG, sound is pretty important too like Ryu’s voice for timing my attacks and enemy noises.
        Anyways, I’m guess some of the employees don’t know anything at all… unless I talked to the wrong people lol

      • Guest

        So weeb.

      • Luna Kazemaru

        Like your comment :P

      • raymk

        I will, just as much as I enjoy your shitty attitude.

      • M’iau M’iaut

        http://www.siliconera.com/open-thread/

        Please don’t come to the site to make angry postings just because folks make a decision different from your own. Warned.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Altin-Bujupaj/1157167838 Altin Bujupaj

      It’s TK Europe, not USA.

      Honestly, I didn’t mind it that much anyway, but now that I see that so many people are whining over this, I sincerely hope that the next won’t have Dual-Audio either.

  • Wondering_Zero

    I’m very skeptical about there being a Japanese track. The obvious reason being memory constraints on a small cart for both dubs, which was the case for P4G I believe. I think this will probably see a download only release if it hits US shores. A JRPG like Totori, and on a system that hasn’t been doing too hot, will probably see very small sales.

    I don’t think I have it in me to go on the same adventure with Totori on the Vita. I still have my PS3 playthrough fresh in my mind so I don’t think I’ll playing it again anytime soon, if at all. Though I’ll be happy to see this on US shores if only so I can have another game to play on my Vita.

    • Nicholas Perry

      Yeah, not to mention Licensing costs and fear of Reverse importation!

      • Kevadu

        Reverse importation? Seriously? This isn’t a movie or something. Even with the Japanese audio track there’s still a *lot* of text, some of which is quite important.

        Not to mention that reverse importation is mainly a concern with simultaneous or near-simultaneous releases. This has already beenout in Japan for a while and we don’t even have a release window for the rest of the world yet. Buy the time this comes out the vast majority of people in Japan who are interested in it will already have it, and if by some chance they don’t then they’ll probably be able to find it in a bargain bin somewhere for *less* than the US price. Video game prices drop fast, and Jappan is no exception there.

        Seriously, reverse importation is not even a consideration in this case. It was a concern for something like P4: Arena because is was a fighting game with global servers and a near-simultaneous launch (unless you’re in Europe, anyway….). Totally different situation.

    • tubers

      Maybe they can make the original dub as an optional download.. if it can’t fit the cart.

    • LynxAmali

      P4G had nothing to do with space. At all.

      Atlus rarely ever puts dual audio in its games. Especially Persona. (Arena isn’t neccesairly an Atlus game. It was developed by ArcSys, which most of the time, always have dual audio.)

  • Rusworch

    So, is there a reason for this game getting an R 18+ rating or is that just my home country being good ol’ Australia?

    • Kyosuke Yoshino

      It has a lot of fanservice additions, swimsuits, etc, maybe that’s the cause.

      • Rusworch

        Oh. Well here’s another game series for me to stay away from then.

        • Amine Hsu Nekuchan

          Why?

      • Mystena

        More likely expanding game classifications to fully use the new R18+ category. I suspect the scenes the classifications board had an issue with are these: http://imgur.com/NqZu5wb,eCPidAK
        After all, I think we can agree that having a games with graphic depictions of dismemberment, knee caps being shot and other examples of extreme violence being granted MA15+ while something as tame as Atelier Totori would be given R18+ would be a little bit out of whack.

    • Luna Kazemaru

      they said its sex in it strongly…LOLOL

    • Lazulis

      http://www.classification.gov.au/Pages/View.aspx?sid=1xG2J2ByvF24XTA0FDPW7A%253d%253d&ncdctx=mh8vbgD796YJ2RWSuMNIdETSlfSwMX%252fuX2dGQo1zkGNqawLmVA0tWHsHBG9lWpXU

      Looks like the violence made it R 18+. Probably would have gotten an MA or a PG w/o the violence. Though it’s 12 & up in Japan. Maaaaaaybe they’re freaking too much about the violence. Maybe. Probably? It’s no Ninja Gaiden 3 (which does deserve that R18+) The other games in the series have been rated Teen in the States, which is 13 & up. Atelier Totori is practically all ages compared to Ninja Gaiden, so…yeah…

      • Kyosuke Yoshino

        Maybe it’s more violent to them that you need to kill cute creatures, like Punis in an Atelier game -.-

    • CirnoTheStrongest

      Pretty positive it’s jut your home country being good ol’ Australia xD

  • raymk

    Yes I wanted this and I’m glad its coming over :D. Sadly like all vita games in the west it will bomb even if it sales to everyone that has a vita. There’s gotta be like only 2000 of us that own a vita in the U.S lol.

    • Whoomp

      Please enlighten me how all Vita games are bombs in the west. Please, I’m dying to know because if that is the case then we should just hurry up and warn Aksys, Atlus, Tecmo Koei, NISA and especially Xseed to NOT do that shit anymore. We don’t want them to go bankrupt just because they bring out games for a system where ALL games BOMB.

      • Arrei

        He was pretty clearly referencing the Vita’s low sales that have plagued it for so very long.

        • Whoomp

          Referencing make it sound like he had a point. Which he didn’t. It’s just overblown “humoristic” hyperbole that doesn’t take into account that the sales expectations are actually adjusted to the current consumer base.

      • raymk

        They honestly could for all I care, beyond the companies you listed there’s nothing really on the system anyway. And even then all the companies you named just have enhanced ports of games. I like the vita, I like gravity rush but the system is doing horrible and localizing for the system is kinda wasting resources that could be put elsewhere.

    • Kevadu

      The Vita Assassin’s Creed game sold like 600,000 copies. Guess those 2000 Vita owners bought a lot of duplicates…

      Or maybe things with the Vita aren’t quite as dire as some claim.

      • MrSirFeatherFang

        I’m pretty sure that was worldwide, was I guess is decent?

        • Whoomp

          It’s beyond decent considering that the sales for Vita was around 2 million at the time of Liberations release. That’s nearly 1/3 of the consoles consumer base who bought the game. [Not taking into account the validity of D Ks statement or the continued sale of PS Vita, which probably is around 3 million now.]

      • raymk

        You assume that everyone with a vita buys these types of games or games at all. The vita is doing bad man even sony acknowledged it has poor sales and you people still claim its doing fine. Yes games do as well as they can do given how many vitas are out there.

  • HassanJamal

    Finally. Just a release date is left to know :D

  • malek86

    That’s a severe jump in rating. I’m not sure if a few swimsuits would guarantee that. Anything we don’t know?

    • brian

      I’m guessing it must have a ton of extremely graphic (but cute) violence.

    • Stranger On The Road

      “References to sexual violence”, plus high violence impact!

    • Luis Enrique

      HIGH
      IMPACT
      VIOLENCE

    • Sesshomaru

      New rating classification. Why play the game when you can just slap an R18+ on it and cover all bases. Australian OFLC lazy arsed logic.

  • Anzac

    I’ve always wanted a Totori in my pocket…

  • http://twitter.com/matty_125 matty

    I’ve been meaning to get into this series. I’d gladly give it a try when I get a Vita.

  • Andrew Arndt

    im happy now i need meru een thoe i have te ps3 ones alredy

  • Lazulis

    Yay! Portable Totori~!

  • chobitsza

    Let’s see if TK REALLY know what they’re going to do. Hope it’s not turn to be like *cough*Ayesha*cough*.

  • ギャビン

    Groovy.

  • tubers

    So Assassin’s Creed, Gravity Rush and now this! Can’t wait to play as another girl! xD lololololol! Oh VITA xD

    TBH, this might be cool as a portable game :)

    • http://twitter.com/Sierra_BunnyFu Alaura Dannan

      Aww, sexism. How cute.

  • Andrew McDowell

    This is great, even though I’m a guy I really enjoy these games. But, I hope Atelier Meruru Plus gets localized as well, as that game is far better than the other atelier games.

  • roxas sora

    tecmo koei:no dual audio FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFf

  • http://linkapics.tumblr.com/ Linka

    I do gotta ask, but how much backlog is involved when it comes to e-mailing tips about games? I sent word about this a few days back and nothing showed up about this until now– and it was from a different person!

    I’m still excited at the prospect of Totori for the Vita though. I haven’t finished the PS3 version but I think I’d put in the time better if it were on a handheld… like a lot of RPGs I have, hahaha.

  • noctis_nox

    TK! should definitely add the option of Japanese language.

  • Jezzy

    Goddamn, I hate this country sometimes. R18+ for Totori? Apparently it’s more explicit than the likes of GTA now? God forbid girls wearing swimsuits.

    • Cerzel

      If you look at the link they’ve actually got it marked down for high impact violence, as well as sexual violence. Really have to wonder what Plus has in it that the original didn’t.

      • SprintsMcGee

        Prolly nothing too extreme. You have to remember that this is Australia’s Rating Board. They are prolly the strictest RB in the world.

        • Cerzel

          No, not really. That’s a pretty silly statement to make. If anything, the Australian board is quite lenient. The only reason people heard about it being strict is because of the lack of R18+ for many years leading to a small number of extreme examples being banned rather than shoehorned into the MA15+ rating, as the vast majority of games rated higher in other countries were.

          • SprintsMcGee

            If that’s true, then I stand corrected

        • Guest

          R18 in Australia is basically ESRB M. Australia also has a 15 rating, which ESRB does not. So in the US there are many games that are inappropriate for 13, but would be OK for 15 that get put down as M (17). That’s why even without an equivalent to M for the longest time some games that were rated M here could still be classified in Australia.

          17 and 18 are only one year off, so not a big difference. From the US perspective, though, the A (18) rating basically means “porn” and no brick and mortar store will carry it… and Sony won’t approve it for use on their systems. I’ve a feeling the new R18+ rating in Australia is not as crazily restricted as the US 18 rating. They’re not really equivelent.

          • npcomplete

            Australian R18 is not equivalent to ESRB M. In the US, the ESRB ratings carry no legal weight, where anyone can sell and give any game to anyone, though sadly websites and stores self-censor, and are voluntary (console makers require their use, but you’ll notice none of the indie PC makers use them including PC-only MMORPGs). In Australia, an R18 carries a legally enforceable restriction.

            So, ironically, the equivalent to ESRB-M would actually be MA15 in Australia.

      • Watahashi

        I’m guessing it may be referring to this cg? Granted, it was in the original game, but this looks like rather high impact violence to me.

        • Cerzel

          That is… Very much not high impact. “High impact” is used to refer to the most extreme examples possible in the rating system, such as Aliens vs Predator and its detailed tearing off of heads, or the new Mortal Kombat.

          • Watahashi

            I don’t know, I’m pretty sure that’s the bloodiest thing in the game, unless they’re considering the characters’ regular special attacks as high impact violence. Iksel’s passionate cooking is far too traumatizing for children to see, I guess.

        • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

          LMAO! Did love Platinuming Totori though, I would again if Vita version gets Dual Audio.

      • Ereek

        When it comes to sexual violence, there is that tentacle CG that comes to mind. Not that it actually gets anywhere.

  • Nee Nee

    You god damn better not make it dub only.

  • DanijoEX

    Well, that’s something I can look forward too.

  • Istillduno

    Well, heres hoping Temco learned from feedback regarding Ayesha.

    • raymk

      This is a vita game, they lose more by following what you want with this game.

      • Istillduno

        Sooo, a game aimed at a specific niche on a system without many owners loses more by pissing off the people most likely to play it…

        • raymk

          In this case it doesn’t matter because almost no-one has a vita in the U.S. Its lose lose and pissing off like 400 people isn’t a big lost at all.

  • Lilith

    I’ve always wondered why do people include Australia when talking about the West.

    • Ereek

      Because Australia follows western culture.

    • M’iau M’iaut

      English localization for a market that’s usually not large enough to solely support the costs for a niche title. So either it is not the only place where the ENG version is released or importing becomes an option.

    • Istillduno

      Pal region and english launguage.

  • Oltheros

    If there’s JP audio: fk yeah day one buy! Give us the rest of the Vita ports.

    If there’s no JP audio: don’t even care, would not buy

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    I hate what Tecmo Koei has done. Not because of the voices, but now everyone are shouting “hurr durr shitty english voices” in all directions. Either way, I’m glad this is coming over – I almost imported it. Totori was my favorite of the trilogy.

    • LynxAmali

      I’m more upset, personally, about the way their treating Ayesha,
      possibly this one too, as a whole. I understand they technically own
      GUST now but still….

      At least when NISA had the license, I’d see posters promoting the games at my local EB and trailers. This time? Nope. It’s a shame too, considering how great Ayesha was when I first played it.

      • FitzpatrickPhillips

        Yeah I totally agree that the way they’re treating Ayesha is horrible, but the fans aren’t helping.

      • SerendipityX

        The way TK is treating Ayesha is just abysmal. But I’m just gonna say that all publishers are different. We shouldn’t be expecting TK to be the exactly the same as NISA when it comes to releasing/promoting niche games. But again thats no excuse for Ayesha being practically non-existent when the release is next week. Not to mention its up against Storm 3 and I think Neptunia V…T_T

        • http://burnpsy.wordpress.com/ burnpsy

          Neptunia V is the week after.

          • SerendipityX

            Derp, I meant Tomb Raider.

          • raymk

            Well tomb raider fans shouldn’t be in the same category so I don’t think that’s anything to worry about.

          • Elvick

            I’m a cross over Tomb Raider and Atelier fan ;D

            Thankfully, I have the money to buy both.

    • Alexander Marquis Starkey

      People were always shouting hurr durr shitty english voices in every direction.

  • Aldorr

    Someone pray tell me where are the “sexual violence” scenes? Completed the PS3 game 9 times but there were no even trace…

    • Manny Being Manny

      Probably that tentacle scene.

      • Aldorr

        They were in clothes on mode. And more of this madness they were fighting this “fish” not … trying to lay it

  • TheExile285

    >Game gets picked up for localization
    >People find things to nitpick about

    Typical

    • Manny Being Manny

      Of course, theres no reason for me to buy it again if they are giving me a lesser version than what I already have. So if theres no Japanese track, its a no buy.

      • TheExile285

        Then don’t buy it. There are other people who haven’t played these games though

      • raymk

        Well its not a lesser version than the one you have on ps3 so you are still wrong.

        • Manny Being Manny

          It is a lesser version if it doesn’t have the original track. I’d take that any over extras.

          • raymk

            That doesn’t make it a lesser version by fact because it offers more weather you care about it or not is irrelevant, it just means its a lesser version to you.

          • Elvick

            More content vs dual audio that may or may not be there

            Yes… clearly “lesser”…

  • http://lukalovesgames.blogspot.de/ Alkaid

    this is the first time in ages that I’m not absolutely blissfully happy that a Atelier game will come to our lands. …This… feels so wrong… this feels so very wrong *goes into corner an weeps*

  • SirRichard

    References to sexual violence, high impact violence and moderate impact sex and “themes”?

    What, did they have Team Ninja handle the port?

    • Luna Kazemaru

      No rich is what you call stick in the butt.

  • DesmaX

    Well, they did say they were going to put dual-audio on future releases…

    Let’s see this one

    • http://www.ihasnowebsitez.com Satonaka CP-Four

      We’ll see if they can keep their word.

  • Christopher Nunes

    Now if we could get Ciel no Surge to the West I’ll be very happy. ^_^

    Though I never played a Atelier Totori game before, so what are they like? Are they fun? It seems RPG-ish and I do love RPGs.

  • Luna Kazemaru

    Its amusing watching someone say they are a fan of something but insta drop it over one thing. Then again TK only cares about DW

    • Spirit Macardi

      I don’t think they even really care about those anymore (most of the recent games have been download only and without English voices), just Ninja Gaiden and DOA. In other words, only the games with their patented “jiggle physics.”

      • Luna Kazemaru

        Not really they’ve been pushing DW8(7 in Japan) if you’ve noticed aswell as DW7 has had about atleast 100 bucks worth of DLC along with XL and now empires the only ones that have been without ENG voices was empires and WO3 but I kinda saw WO3 being without ENG because that would be a hell of alot of money for over 100 characters to have english voices

  • PenguinChan1119

    Yay! My sister neglects her Vita anyway so I shall just liberate it for a while and play this.

  • BadenBadenPrinny

    Excuse me while I do some shitty break dancing

    • raymk

      No break dance is shitty as long as you can feel the beat. Deejay taught me that :)

  • Spirit Macardi

    What I think is hilarious is that English Totori is Kyubey, and her sister is Homura. Then consider that Totori takes on a mentor role in the sequel where she teaches other young girls how to use a mysterious power (in this case alchemy). Also her main student was a slightly naive but kind-hearted girl with pink hair.

    Have fun sleeping tonight :D

    • Cerzel

      Please don’t remind me of Christina Vee butchering Homura in the dub.

      • Spirit Macardi

        I thought she was good. Maybe not as good as the Japanese actress, but I feel Bang Zoom/Aniplex made the right choice in her and it’s clear that she greatly enjoyed the role.

        Plus, I think her casting was perfect if only for some of the amazingly funny outtakes that she had! When she referred to Walpurgisnacht as Der Wienerschnitzel, I just about lost it XD

  • Kefkiroth

    Are any other Atelier games required to understand the story, and if so, which ones?
    Hope to buy this game to support more games like this coming to the West.

    • Sylveria

      Not really. If you haven’t played Rorona you’ll miss some of the reference gags, but that’s about it.

  • Sylveria

    I’m very happy about this. Of the Arland series, Totori was by far my favorite.

  • http://www.carpefulgur.com SpaceDrake

    Good lord, could T-K start actually *announcing* this stuff, maybe. The total lack of promotion for Ayesha on their part and not announcing this before the ratings boards do by accident? Oi.

    • Cerzel

      Still not a single reveal of any details regarding the cast or quality of the dub for Ayesha, too.

  • Juan Andrés Valencia

    Ok, I wasn’t expecting something higher than an 12 rating. Also, unless the sexual violence is extremely graphic (Like in A Serbian Film, I Spit On Your Grave, Irreversible or Baise Moi) I can’t see the reasoning behind it. Are they telling me this game is on par with Last House On Dead End Street, Cannibal Holocaust, Ichi The Killer and Caligula? (All of those are rated R18+)

    • Göran Isacson

      … Cannibal Holocaust with extremely cutesy art would be a headtrip and a half to play, I must admit. But yes- totally confused as to how this got the age rating it got.

      • Juan Andrés Valencia

        It would play like Space Invaders but instead you are a stick and naked guys start falling and you have to impale them. It’s also going to be a cel-shaded game using the UE4 :p .

        Seriously though, this is Australia, they banned Mortal Kombat which while it’s extremely gruesome it’s also very exaggerated.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000172099718 Dominic Hunter

    Someone give me a high five!

    Although, I am seeing this happen to a half-discomforting degree lately. I play games portable more often than I do on consoles, so I always feel cheated when the “Ultimate” version of the game (Disgaea, Blazblue, etc) comes out on the handheld later. The feeling that this would get localized is part of the reason I didn’t buy the original on PS3. Wonder what would happen if too many people started thinking like me…

    • Nitraion

      Yeah i feel cheated, but unlike you i don’t like playing handheld..
      the result is… i may not buying Atelier stuff for a while…

  • Visa Vang

    Is this a sign of NISA (not NISJ) going out of gaming business? Sure, NISA has the Disgaea series on the shop but you can only milk so much out of it. Now they’re losing contracts?

    • M’iau M’iaut

      I’d suspect they will end up doing the localization work as happened with Ayesha. Their plate looks relatively full with games this year that should sell nicely to their clients.

    • Ladius

      I don’t think that’s the case, they have tons of NIS and IFCH games to handle, not to mention the odd Imageepoch release, and there’s nothing stopping them from expanding their portfolio.

      That said, they will probably continue handling the Atelier franchise’s localizations for Tecmo Koei, provided the series survives after the absurd boycott targeting Ayesha.

  • http://www.ihasnowebsitez.com Satonaka CP-Four

    TK needs to get off their asses and localize this one properly not like the soon-to-come bastardization of Ayesha with the lack of a JPN dub, a partial eng dub which should’ve been enhanced BECAUSE of said lack of JPN dub, and the lack of a CE/LE release that the last three games in the Arland series were known for.

    TK needs to do the following, or i’m buying used, just like im gonna buy used for Ayesha:

    1. JPN voices, i think they learned their lesson from all the bad tweets/facebook comments that the fans want this known feature of the series to remain

    2. Promotion of the game via eng trailer(s), a webpage on their site, and a preorder option on said webpage. Come on, dont let your ‘flagship’ titles DOA Ninja Gaiden, That Blade Warrior crap that gets repetitive after 10 minutes, etc. take up all the space now… Give a title that looks too cutesey for your ‘american hardcore’ website with all those ‘american hardcore’ games a spot on the roster now O_o

    3. Limited Edition or Collectors Edition options for the fans that WANT to spend the money (you know we’re out there), able to purchase said goods.

    • raymk

      Their other games are higher sellers than gust games in the west so why should they not market them? 1. I can agree on but other than that you want a lot of would be useless shyt.

    • Ladius

      Atelier Ayesha isn’t “bastardized” in any way: it’s a competent release localized by the same house as the previous Atelier games (localization was made by NIS America) with a partial English dub, which is normal fare for lots niche releases outside of NISA. Just today Atlus USA announced they’re doing the same for Soul Hackers, and yet no one tried to boycott them for it.

      Buying Ayesha used or boycotting it will simply kill the series, and while I agree Tecmo Koei isn’t marketing it well (or at all, sadly, which is kinda understandable once you think that this is probably their lowest selling franchise in the west, unlike NISA who mostly dabbles with niche series) anyone who like this series should help it be successful, not damage it further with hyperboles.

      • Istillduno

        Not normal fare for this series, a big publisher has taken over this series and decided to suck every single penny they could from the production when the previous, much smaller publisher had been giving us dual audio for at least the past 3 games, sod that.

        And as for the Atlus thing, they’ve been pulling the whole paranoid ass “We can’t be having the voices in case all our Japanese fans wait and import it for a non-extortionate price!” bs for so long the only fans they have left are those who don’t mind it, so it’s not suprising no-one’s bothered calling them out over it.

        • raymk

          The people who want japanese voices are very few indeed. Why should they pay more money to make no money back off of putting in dual audio? Atlus has always been called out on it but atlus stands their ground and realizes the cost just isn’t worth it just to please a smaller portion of the fanbase.

  • Zeonsilt

    I got Rorona,Totori and Meruru for my PS3.Great news,though.

  • Reki Honoo

    Has it been announced if it will get localized in north america?

  • Eric Harris

    I will have to thank Tecmo for this with a day 1 purchase. Hopefully it is physical cause I like to collect. To play this game on the go will be awesome.

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