Atelier Totori Plus For Vita Is Available In The U.S. [Update]

By Ishaan . March 19, 2013 . 12:50pm

Update: Actually, it looks as though Atelier Totori Plus is already available for download on the PlayStation Vita in the U.S. You can find it on PSN. Thanks to everyone that sent us a heads up!

 

Original story: GameStop have a listing for a download version of Atelier Totori Plus: The Adventurer of Arland for the PlayStation Vita.

 

The game costs $40 and GameStop mention that you can get: “the exclusive swimsuits in one pack with this game & DLC bundle! ‘Angel Swimsuit’ and ‘Devil Bikini’ are included in this package. This bundle is a limited time offer until Apr 16th, 2013.”

 

Atelier Totori Plus is a PlayStation Vita port of Atelier Totori on the PlayStation 3. The Vita version contains DLC from the PS3 version, such as Totori’s sister Ceci, Rorona’s best friend Cordelia and more. The game also has new alchemy recipes and outfits.

 

There’s no public listing for a retail version of Atelier Totori Plus on GameStop yet, so the game might be download-only in the U.S. Additionally, the costumes tidbit makes it sound like it might be available on April 16th, so it’s odd that Tecmo Koei haven’t announced it yet.

 

Atelier Totori Plus looks to be headed to Australia, too. The game was rated by the Australian Classification Board in February.

 

Thanks to Siliconera reader banballow for the heads up!

 


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  • sunK1D

    Alright! Given PSN DLC bonus trends. The release will most likely be 2-3 weeks in advance. So March 26 – April 2nd…

  • benhofb

    Bikinis? Wasn’t this rated one of the best games for girls? That’s a high honor for a game that has jiggly women… I am definitely interested though. A release on April 16 would mean death for my wallet, but its all good.

  • Interface23

    Doubt it’ll be DL only.

  • Tincho Kudos

    Totori’s mom is not Ceci, that’s her sister (her mom is Gisela)
    Also, her best friend is not Cordelia, it would be Rorona or Gino(?
    But it’s nice to see this game come overseas, especially since it has all the DLC and the game works well with a handheld

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      Fixed! Rorona’s best friend, Cordelia.

  • Tooru

    I’m not too surprised this will be a download-only game. It’s really too bad that NISA isn’t handling Atelier anymore, they would give it a better treatment. Still, nice that it’s coming over for those who haven’t played the PS3 game yet.

    • raymk

      I don’t think that even if it was still in NISA hands that it would be a retail game. Look at vita game sales and honestly I wouldn’t go for retail copies either. That said it still may not be digital only so lets just wait and see.

      • FetusZero

        I think he meant in general. Just comparing how NISA used to treat Atelier and how Tecmo treated Ayesha speaks for itself. I hope the games are doing well because I want to keep receiving them, but I’m really hoping Tecmo will eventually try to spread Atelier instead of nearly hiding its existence.

  • Alex Sargeant

    Alright! If the release is soon enough I might just replay this before getting to Ayesha.

  • Leon_Tekashi

    Welp, we had this coming from a mile away. lol

  • Prima

    YES!!!! Finally something I can play on my Vita!!! I’m hoping then there is a chance Atelier Meruru Plus will get localized as well.

  • Sesshomaru

    That’s a Canadian rating right? B? They give it 12+ and we give it the danger alert R18+ WARNING WARNING coruption imenant. I don’t get it. I really don’t get it.

    • Lazulis

      That’s the Japanese box art, so in Japan it’s 12+.

    • Testsubject909

      As a Canadian.

      Let me tell you… Our Ratings is the same as the ones in the US.

      If it’s anything out of the norm for the whole of North America. It,s probably European, Australian, Korean, Chinese or Japanese.

      • raymk

        I heard you guys can’t have Mortal kombat games in your country so I don’t know if our ratings are the same down to the very last bit.

        • FetusZero

          We have every MK games. Our ratings are exactly the same as the US (for video games, that is).

        • Testsubject909

          You confused us for Australia.

          Australia is the one that couldn’t have Mortal Kombat.

  • Kevadu

    Gamestop gets exclusive content with *downloadable* games now?! How the F does that even work?

    • Cerzel

      If I’m reading things right, it sounds like they just have an exclusive deal on giving you the two DLC as a pack, and otherwise you need to buy them both seperately (presumably at a higher price). I hope this is the case, at least.

      • Barrylocke89

        That would be best. That way, if someone want to get the discount, they have the option to, and if they can’t/don’t wish to purchase from Gamestop, they can at least pay a few bucks extra and get the same content.

    • MrSirFeatherFang

      tbh, Tecmo usually has GS give out exclusive bonuses/collector’s edition with their games. With TK owning Gust, it doesn’t seem surprising, even if the game is digital.

  • Aldorr

    if this will be a DL only title, it better be released in Europe too *scaryface*
    )

    • Jisgsaw

      It is.

  • kactaplb

    jp dub option?

    • Lacie

      There’s jp dub option for this one.

  • Manny Being Manny

    This is great news, since download only means a Japanese track is pretty much guaranteed.

  • SerendipityX

    HUH? So it’s out already or is going to be out on April 16th? That gamestop quote is confusing. TK hasn’t said anything at all…

    • Manny Being Manny

      Stuff gets leaked onto store sites sometimes before being officially announced. It looks like it’ll have a April 16th release date, though.

  • Lazulis

    $40? Probably not a retail thing…a shame, I’d love for a physical copy…

    • Testsubject909

      Same. Since I didn’t get it on PS3 either I’d certainly go for a Vita retail version.

    • Kevadu

      Most Vita games retail for $40…

      Mind you, it doesn’t sound like this is retail, but the price has absolutely nothing to do with it.

  • Clifford Michael

    BEST NEWS.

  • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

    DL-only. Bah. That is why I haven’t bought New Little King’s Story. >_< I'll do it eventually… but I would prefer this be physical.

    • Manny Being Manny

      The problem with a retail Vita game is that there isn’t enough space for 2 voice tracks… and Sony of America forces a retail game to have a dub. So its either dub only retail version, or a sub only digital version.

      I dunno about others, but I’d rather have the Japanese track so this is a good thing for me.

      • MrSirFeatherFang

        I would prefer a physical copy in fear I might lose my account again. Maybe other regions getting this game in English might have it physically

        • Elvick

          I’m really REALLY hoping it gets a limited physical run like New Little King’s Story in Europe. I will gladly import that.

          I won’t pay full retail for a digital only localization. No thank you. That’s where my line is.

          • Hikaru Lighthalzen

            i’d better buy the japanese one

      • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

        I’d prefer English dub only and physical personally. Heck make the download have Japanese dub exclusive to it if you need.

      • Cerzel

        “Sony of America forces a retail game to have a dub.”
        I wish people would stop perpetuating this myth.

      • Guest

        Corpse party says hello!

      • xXDGFXx

        Disgaea 3, Dead or Alive 5+….

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

        Record of Agarest War 2 had a dub voice track? It was a physical PS3 release, so by your logic there must be an English track in it.

      • http://twitter.com/UltimateWolf Henry Eng

        Or do what Capcom did. Release it with English dub and offer a Japanese Dub DLC.

      • Th4Freak

        That makes no sense, Blazblue: CSE it’s 3.33 GB and it fits in the cartridge. Atelier Totori Plus it’s only 3 GB so how’s that there’s not enough space in the cartridge?

      • landlock

        That isn’t true anymore. It may have been the way on the PS2 but there are a number of retail PS3 and PSP titles that are subbed only doubt it’s any different on the Vita.

    • landlock

      You could import the euro version for your physical needs since the vita is region free.

      • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

        Importing is more expensive, and I don’t have the money to blow.

  • Magicks

    “…It’s odd that Tecmo Koei haven’t announced it yet.”

    Well, yeah. They barely did any advertising for Atelier Ayesha. (Here at least. I think Tecmo Koei in Europe is making the effort I believe?) I honestly expect near to no marketing on their part. (And yes, I’m bitter about what happened with Ayesha. Still bought it to support GUST’s staff.)

    • artemisthemp

      Tecmo Koei kinda kill the hype, when announcing GAME <– Worst place ever as exclsuive place to get pre-order bonus

  • John T.

    Tecmo/Koei are terrible at marketing…

    • shadowind

      TK America are terrible at marketing while TK Europe are great at marketing is what I believe you meant to say, am I correct? ^_^

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

      Just compare both Twitters – nuff said.

    • Robert Cisneros

      no they arent to be terrible you have to at least try

  • psycho_bandaid

    Bleh. With my vita memory card being tiny I pretty much have to skip DL only titles. Especially since I already own this game.

  • FetusZero

    I’d prefer a retail release myself, mainly because I’ve never been a big fan of “full” games being digital. Not sure why people keep thinking Sony forces retail releases to have a dub.. Record of Agarest War Zero and 2 both didn’t have a dub and were released retail nonetheless (unless I’m mistaken and that they do have a dub, which could happen).

    • Magicks

      I usually like retail copies because… Well, I like having the case to stare at. Ever bought a car and you just sit in it and enjoy that new car smell? That’s me with video games. (D: Yes, that is slightly creepy, but whatever… T^T)

      And… I don’t see any real problems. As long as the text is in english, I would enjoy the game as much as the next person. I just imagine if the current voice actor was speaking english instead of Japanese. (Also helps me now more than ever since I’m currently studying the language. :T)

      • FetusZero

        I can see your point with the car lol.

        But the whole thing about dubs reminds me of CAVE fans who still claim that Sony forces every single game to be 16:9 and to utilize the entire screen for gameplay and are completely against the use of 2D graphics. Now the shmup forums are confused because of Ketsui.

      • Andrew McDowell

        I feel that way too, but TK won’t release a non-big-franchise game in retail because of the costs and royalties involved. Put simply, if they sell the game for $40 in store, they only get $7-$10 for net profits, but if they sell the game for $40 on PSN, the only fee they pay is a small one to Sony, and they get about $20 for each copy sold. It makes sense, but it is dissapointing.

    • artemisthemp

      None of the Agarest War games have had dub (at less the PS3 version of the games)

      • FetusZero

        Thanks for the confirmation, I only really messed around with the first one which was digital only and didn’t get much time with the two other titles. Eventually though, I will get into that franchise, it seemed pretty fun.

        • artemisthemp

          Atelier Rorona is out as Physical also

  • cloudcaelum

    Do without english dubbing, no need… Just do with subtitle and your money problem almost solved, dam developpers…

    • Red Veron

      Don’t blame publishers and developers since licensing Japanese voice acting can become expensive or even impossible because of strict contracts with some Japanese voice actors.

      Oftentimes its not the same company that make the game that bring it over so just because “they already have it” doesn’t mean they own it and that they can do whatever.

    • Herok♞

      you don’t know this but it is known that games with Sub only tend to do worse then games with only a dub .

      • Aqua King

        I did not buy any of the games from the Record of Agarest War series for this reason. Games have a -lot- of text and story to them now, and I want to be able to sit back and enjoy the story without reading… especially since a lot of japanese voice acting isn’t that great either :/

  • artemisthemp

    Hope Atelier Totori Plus will release in EU and have the Swimsuit Pre-order bonus, which ain’t exclusive to GAME <– May they burn down

  • benhofb

    Uh… Guys…?! Check PSN! The game is up on the US PSN! The PS Blog had nothing about it on the Drop, and Techmo did no sorts of marketing for it, but it looks like its out!

    • Prima

      Someone just mentioned that it was up on another forum! Sheesh talk about under the radar…

      • benhofb

        Right?! I wonder if this is some sort of mistake? Techmo usually makes a PS Blog post on how difficult it was to port the game to the Vita (like they have for DOA5+ and NGS2+) but they’ve been silent. Somebody alert the mods!

        • Andrew McDowell

          Probably because they realized gamers don’t want excuses for late releases, we want results.

          • xXDGFXx

            This time they delivered, half-assedly. The retail release is missing. How much more are they going to cut out for this series’ release in the west?

          • Andrew McDowell

            I think Sony is encouraging them to, because if these anticipated games only get released digitally, people have to use up space on their memory cards, forcing them to buy more memory cards. I only have 2gb of space left on my 32gb memory card, and now I have to delete some stuff this game. This sucks right?

    • https://twitter.com/#!/Ojsinnerz Firo_Prochainezo

      Right now, I’m looking at the Vita’s PSN, and…. Yep. It’s on PSN. 39.99. Confirmed.

    • https://twitter.com/RaiohV Raioh

      Biggest stealth-troll release ever. Literally came out of a place not even God knows~

      • Ereek

        I think the “biggest stealth troll release” goes to the Saturn in the US.

        • Andrew McDowell

          Too true man.

        • Robert Cisneros

          no next weeks release of Meruru + will be the biggest

    • FitzpatrickPhillips

      Dub only. I’m laughing at everyone mad at that. But seriously, no marketing at all.

      • https://twitter.com/#!/Ojsinnerz Firo_Prochainezo

        Wait, it’s dub only? Oh boy.

        • FitzpatrickPhillips

          Ah nevermind. Both tracks are there.

          • xXDGFXx

            hmmm, I’m considering a purchase now…

          • Andrew McDowell

            Lol, I replied to your post before seeing this one, makes me feel like a goose. That’s great news though, I might pick this up.

          • Taisuke

            Thats good to know.

          • Lester Paredes

            both tracks? Excellent! No annoyingly shrill and terri-bad english voice actors! Just shrill Japanese ones, but that’s okay, since something or other: JAPAN!

      • Andrew McDowell

        Japanese voice actors are about 60% more consistent in the quality, expression, and Not-hellishly-annoying-after-about-30-seconds-voice that English-speaking female voice actors seem to love. Don’t get me wrong, some voice actors who speak English do a really good job, like the voice actors from Clannad and Angel Beats, but those are few and VERY far between.

        • Riseabovethesky

          I think it always sounds better when the voices are not in your first language. Maybe that’s why I’m never bother by the quality of the English dub (oh yeah…forgot about Arc Rise Fantasia…).

    • cloudcaelum

      Holy… That was fast.

      Need for EU. :(

    • DesmaX

      …I can’t even

      • jujubee88

        Gust has been practicing the way of the ninja.

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

          it’s TK< Gust or NIS AMerica would NEVER do this to us.

          I'm officially done with buying any TK product unless it's a used copy at GS so they get the $$, (yes i am waiting on a used of Ayesha, backed out at the last minute from buying new.)

          I'm not supporting those at TK, i'm sorry.

    • xXDGFXx

      This is great… I’m starting to hate tecmo koei even more for how they’re treating the Atelier Series in the west….

      • SpecDotSign

        I know! If this is indicative of how Tecmo Koei is going to treat the Atelier series I am seriously concerned. :(

    • artemisthemp

      This release make Sony Advertising seem like Platinum compare to TK :)

  • veegeen

    Guys, it’s on PSN right now. Go get it.

  • Safros9

    Ugh… it’s out and I had just bought something else out of… me being random and wanting to spend money… wish I’d have used it on this now.
    Oh well.

    • ShadowDivz

      This sounds like me buying avatars.

      • Safros9

        Yeah, I have a bad habit of spending way more than I need to on PSN… but I usually just buy every RPG available so I guess it’s not all bad. Needless to say… my backlog is godly.

        • ShadowDivz

          I used to think i was the only person with a backlog. I have this friend who never shuts up with “dude when are you gonna get around to playing INSERT GAME HERE”

          Needless, to say. Im glad i found the siliconera community. ^_^

  • SerendipityX

    I’m sorry but this is freakin ridiculous. TK effin terrible at marketing. The game is out and NOBODY KNOWS until now. (>_>) WTF are they doing?

    • fds_nextdart

      Trolling~.

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

      You know now, dont you ?

  • Go2hell66

    Umm holy crap its out! If it wasnt for my friend list on my vita i wouldnt have even known

    • fds_nextdart

      I know, when I logged on the PSN I couldn’t believe my eyes. I’m absolutely getting it~.

  • http://www.youtube.com/Lyonharvestmoonfan Eduardo Rocha

    I would love if this was a retail version, though. I’ll need to get a bigger Memory Card -__-

  • Manny Being Manny

    Can anyone confirm if its only got Japanese track or a dub?

    • veegeen

      From Neogaf.

      • Manny Being Manny

        Thanks!

        • veegeen

          Neogaf is a forum. The picture confirms both English and Japanese dubs.

  • http://twitter.com/matty_125 matty

    Tecmo Koei is ready for spring break!

  • saxophone15

    I have been kind of interested in this, but have been a little put off by the generally average reviews. I might have to look into it a little more deeply. Any recommendations or reasons why it’s worth it is appreciated. I generally like the Final Fantasy games (even XIII and XIII-2), Persona 4 for the most part (disliked certain things), and I thought Star Ocean 4 was ok (I wouldn’t want to play something worse than that).

    Also, I find it odd that they are putting the 2nd and 3rd game of the Arland series on Vita, but not the 1st (as far as I know).

  • MrSirFeatherFang

    You can’t so that to me TK! My wallet was unprepared…

  • Nitraion

    TK is this how you will do on Atelier series now?..
    Wait until a gaming site announce it ?… -_- WOW…

    • veegeen

      It wasn’t announced at all. People just found it on PSN and were all “pics or gtfo”. So pictures were posted, and it was, in fact, out.

  • Naux

    If I enjoyed Mana Khemia, will I enjoy this?

    • Rebellion14

      Coming from a Mana Khemia fan myself, yes you will but not as much.

      • Naux

        Aye, thanks mate.

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

    I need retail here… This is just like DFP3

  • psycho_bandaid

    Hm. So who do you think TK will blame when sales for this arent so good? I have never seen anything like this before. I am not one to complain about game releases normally but this one pisses me off. NISA handled this series way better.

  • FetusZero

    Yet another Atelier game that many fans won’t even know exists and was released outside of Japan.. at least for now, in case TK are just late for the announcement.

    Please, Tecmo.. don’t let the Atelier franchise die outside of Japan.

  • r0gamer940

    I bought it but my god TK who do you have running your business departement?

    • Hikaru Lighthalzen

      sleeping

  • 324234

    One of the only Vita games I was looking forward to getting and it’s digital only..great. Not buying :(

    • Hikaru Lighthalzen

      yeah temco koei is destorying the franchise

  • Digoth

    hopefully some region gets an english release on a physical medium. i’ll import then.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Summer.Manes Summer Manes Noah X

    :( my Vita is tied to my Japan PSN account.

  • lostforeverinspace

    Im just wondering who’s in charge of of their PR.

    • SerendipityX

      Clearly no one…

    • AJ

      Remember that episode of The Next Generation where Geordi and Ensign Ro are in the transporter accident and out of phase with experienced reality?

      The PR department were caught in the same quantum eventuality during transport, is what I’m saying.

      Also, Tecmo has spaceships.

  • Xerain

    If it’s already out how is anyone supposed to preorder? OR are there simply bonus items for buying it through Gamestop?

    • SerendipityX

      Magic?

      Edit: Buying through PSN before April 12 nets you the bonus items. Its not gamestop exculsive.

  • ShadowDivz

    And then TK is all “I don’t get why the atelier series isn’t selling so well”
    Random fan:” Did you tell people when you were gonna release it?”
    TK: “…..” *facepalm*

    Since we got totori is it safe to say we will be getting Meruru? I hope there’s a retail version because as everyone knows the mem cards are expensive and i only have a 4G.

    • SerendipityX

      It’s probably more like~
      Random fan:” Did you tell people when you were gonna release it?”
      TK America: *does not exist*
      Random fan: O__- That explains everything…

      • ShadowDivz

        Lolz.

      • Elvick

        Wouldn’t surprise me if it’s a phantom company. WHERE YOU AT TK AMERICA? D:<

        • Robert Cisneros

          i heard that they all died from a mysterious stream of bad dynasty warriors reviews

  • Clifford Michael

    Has anyone bought it yet/is anyone playing it yet? I just bought it and am waiting for it to finish downloading. Are we sure this isn’t a huge mistake?

  • XypherCode

    They didn’t even do some decent marketing for Atelier Ayesha. Pretty weird for Tecmo Koei.

  • http://thrust-the-sky.deviantart.com/ WildArms

    I want to see those 2 swimsuits/bikini DLC…. O_O SOMEONE, A PIC?! ANYWHERE?!

    • saxophone15

      There are pictures of them on the online playstation store.

      • http://thrust-the-sky.deviantart.com/ WildArms

        woh

  • Aqua King

    Very nice :) But I will be buying physical copy only. Vita memory is sad.

  • http://twitter.com/ChestnutBowl Chestnut Bowl

    I really want to yell at KT, but I have the game in my hands now and its dual audio.

  • pimpalicious

    Sweet, will buy this once the PS store is working. I was going to check out and was kicked. XD

  • pimpalicious

    Meanwhile another JRPG(Hyperdimension Neptunia V) that sounded like it would be on PSN today from the Drop is no where to be seen(or DLC for it, even more surprisingly).

    • Testsubject909

      Hyperdimension Neptunia V was mentioned on the PS Blog.

  • Kai M

    The more I hear TK name near the Atelier series the more I get that they are trying to kill the series in the west. This of course does not apply to TK in Japan.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/kaishou Kaishou

      jesus christ are you still angry about the whole dub thing?

      • Cerzel

        Did it totally fly over your head how Ayesha only got the slightest word of advertising a few days before its release, and now Totori Plus has been released to the complete surprise of everyone? Atelier remains completely absent from the US TK site, as well. Plus, no apparent physical release for this.

        • http://twitter.com/#!/kaishou Kaishou

          Ayesha wasn’t in my raider so I’m not so informed on it’s advertisement or what. What I should have said is that people wouldn’t be pissing on TK (not Japan branch of course) if it wasn’t for the whole dubbing debacle that went on a couple of weeks before Ayesha release. You know what? I don’t think anyone should be surprise of the lack of advertisement for Japanese games :/

          [edit: realised when the Japanese version came out...this is quiet a surprise. I expected people to be happy rather than complaining :/]

      • Ladius

        I’m the first to defend Ayesha against the boycotters (even if they’re free to do what they want with their money), but this is a completely different issue: Ayesha got almost no marketing even compared to what NISA used to do with the series, and this release was completely unexpected.

        No one know this game was coming out, there was no announcement, press release, trailer or localized screenshot. This is not what you do when you want a series to be even moderately successful.

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

      They kill it by releasing a Vita game of the Atelier series in the West?
      The nerve !

  • Repede91

    I totally would have bought this on release day… if I knew it was coming out…

  • AnimusVox

    Wait…..what? I don’t even…

  • Hikaru Lighthalzen

    well , i hope they release the physical copy too , i cant buy it with my condition now , my psn is japan one =_=

  • Aristides

    ….I’ve been waiting for this game… but why… why no marketing… this series has a following ant the original PS3 verson got good reviews…. so why no marketing … this will hurt localized games and well as future installments in the west….. this wont do at all >_> I wonder if they’ll make amends somehow…

  • ShadowJetX

    Playing it right now. Its kind of choppy, but otherwise its the same old loveable Atelier Totori everyone has come to know~

    • Nee Nee

      Kinda choppy is a big deal! Damnit why :[

  • CrystalPulse

    This piece of news made my day. But, how ironic it didn’t come from the publisher itself.

  • http://www.twitter.com/georgiegenocyde georgiegenocyde

    This games is not even on Tecmo Koei’s site. Now i really wish I wouldn’t have spend my money on GoW: Judgement. I could put those $60 towards this and persona sale

  • Bacon_n_Lettuce

    That’s kind of… ridiculous. Did they even officially announce that they were working on this beforehand? I can kind of see why the Vita’s not doing so hot at the moment if this is how publishers are going to go about releasing games for it.

  • Duc PC-QB

    So … I did my part. I bought the game.

    Can you localize Meruru as well for me Tecmo ?

    • michel

      which game is better? Ayesha or Meruru?

      • divinelite

        should be Ayesha, but people could have different opinion

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

    So let me try to get the general reaction from this site and TK Europe’s facebook page straight:

    They release a DD-only game of a franchise that has a “solid” fanbase over in the US without making any announcement of it. They release it, along with both Voiceovers and leave it as intact as possible – yet you guys still seem upset about this? It kinda blows my mind, but I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if TK drops the balls on this series if almost everyone of its fanbase just tries to find new things to complain about.

    • zweii

      I think what some people are worried about is that, it seems TK release this game to fail.
      Which if it does will large affect future game releases from the series.

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

        That may be considered as valid to some extent, however, if I compare TK of America with TK of Europe, it’s like grapes and apples. Take a look at their twitter for instance.

        Also, the comments on facebook for example, kinda show that some people really are incredible dimwits. The hate that these people show over there is anything but rational.

        • shadowind

          The guy that’s the Community Manager for TKE is a good friend of mine and I feel sorry for him that he has to put up with such crap from these self-entitled dimwits, even though he’s a really nice guy.

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

            He must have nerves of steel for enduring this. Ah well, beggars can’t be choosers I guess.

          • shadowind

            Believe me when I say that this guy is well liked in the videogame community in the UK and Europe and gives 200% in his efforts to give us information on TK games here and to a lesser degree, US releases as well. That, plus I’m truly proud to call him my friend! ^_^

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

            Glad to hear that. I think the only person that comes close to that in my relations could be Ross from Ghostlight, as he is always very generous and quite a cool person to communicate with. He also likes what he does too.

          • shadowind

            Ross from Ghostlight is a pretty cool guy in my book as well. It’s certainly interesting to notice that it’s always the niche publishers that give that little bit extra when it comes to promoting their games (well, with the exception of TK America!)

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

            I think it is more the solid fanbase that is centered around those companies that make the fans looks strong and the company even stronger. Some fanbases are however…yeah, like Atelier. But well, opinions.

          • Sylveria

            Well your friend wont have to put up with those “entitled dimwit” consumers when they stop buying the products.

            Here’s a free PR/marketing lesson for you and your friend – don’t insult the customer. I’m sure your friend will be happy to know you’re invoking his name as you insult his customer base on his behalf. I bet his boss will appreciate it to.

    • shadowind

      I agree with you there, my friend in that a lot of Atelier fans seem to come across as selfish and whine about the littlest thing when it comes to various games in the series, especially the Arland trilogy. I feel sorry for NISA/TK in that they can’t seem to win when it comes to the English releases especially Ayesha. Personally, I’m one of those gamers who couldn’t care less if a Japanese game has a English-only dub or a Japanese-only dub or partial dub or no dub at all, just as long as it gets a Western release, I’d be happy just to have it released in English in the first place..

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

        Same here mate, same here.

    • Ladius

      As I said below, the dual audio boycott issue is completely different from the remarks about the complete lack of marketing this game suffered, Ayesha got almost no marketing, too, even compared to what NISA used to do with the series, but Totori + is probably a new record in release mismanagement, and sadly I fear this isn’t even an hyperbole.

      Simply put, no one know this game was coming out, there was no announcement, press release, trailer or localized screenshot. This is not what you do when you want a series to be even moderately successful.

      Rather, this is what you do when you don’t give a damn about a game and don’t even care about its success, which is sadly the idea TK is giving the Atelier fans with its latest decision (and I was one of the staunchest defenders of Ayesha, supporting it day one and trying to make people reconsider their boycott because of the dual audio issue).

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

        A game which is catered towards a niche audience does need Marketing as much as CoD needs a new Engine to convince people to buy it. Fans of Atelier are pretty much aware of what they are expecting to get.

        People will start to realize that it is up soon, so what’s the deal? It’s Digital Download only as well, they might put some kind of Ad for the time-exclusive DLC that comes with the game, if not anything else. People have the Internet to inform themself, this aint 90′s anymore in which you have to rely on Guides or Newspapers.

        No, what they would have done is not release the game to begin with. It was a decission on GUST of Japans behalf, which is owned by TK of Japan. It’s like you are killing the messenger just because he has to bring the bad news to you, for which he himself is not responsible to begin with.

        • Elvick

          I don’t know about you, but despite being able to buy a lot of games a month, I can’t just buy every JRPG that randomly pops up the day of release. Not when I’ve already spent money or allocated money toward games (or other things) that I actually knew were coming out.

          So knowing something is coming out, is kind of important.

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

            Considering the game is available as a DD Title, I doubt that it is going to run away from you.

    • Elvick

      I’m not paying full retail for a digital only localization.

      I bought Ayesha, despite not liking that there was no LE or dual audio.

      I won’t support the overpricing the lazy cash grab that is the digital only localization of retail games. There’s no valid reason we should pay full retail when they get a larger cut from digital already. They’re just being greedy. If you want me to buy something for full retail, it better be retail. Otherwise, price it accordingly for your digital only release.

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

        It is priced accordingly for EU Stores, but whatever oils your gears mate.

        • Elvick

          I live in NA, genius.

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

            Which is even cheaper, so yes, case in point.

          • Elvick

            Unless your country is using Canada’s economy, it’s not “even cheaper”. It’s exactly the same price as most retail Vita games.

            smh

      • Manny Being Manny

        Niche titles might not be worth the price of making all the physical copies if you can’t be guaranteed to sell them.

        I have no problem with digital only, especially for a niche title. The alternative would be not getting it at all.

      • tridus

        If they don’t think there’s enough money in a retail release given the very high costs of doing so (and given the total lack of marketing, that seems to be the case), your options are digital or nothing.

        Retail is just too expensive these days, and people who insist on it are just going to get fewer niche games.

  • Adol Christin

    Hey, at least they released it :)

  • Lazulis

    GG TK nub.

    Seriously, that’s some bad marketing.

    • Ladius

      There’s bad, and there’s nonexistent. This is the latter.

      • Elvick

        By default, no marketing is bad marketing.

  • http://ryuz4ki57inenglish.wordpress.com/ Thomas FROEHLICHER

    This stealth release is hilarious. Not only are those guys completely clueless about the voice option in their games, but they don’t even know what’s releasing and what’s not… sets a new marker for poor management.

    • Mr_SP

      Yeah, this is… what the heck? Sudden, out of nowhere release? It’s like they’re trying as hard as they can to make the smallest profit possible. And trying to sabotage the Vita, on top of that.

  • http://steamcommunity.com/id/noumi_kud Kudryavka

    Did a quick google around and no news of a European release. This makes us sad :<

  • Alexander FromUkraine

    Digital.. ugh, after what happened with my Costume Quest Complete purchase I’m not buying anything with more than 5$ price tag (might make exception for HSG addon though, that game is my addiction). Also, 4GB memory card =(
    I really hope there will be retail release somewhere, like with New Little Kings Story

  • shadowind

    Oh boy, here we go again with the complaints! *sigh* I asked my friend Chin Soon Sun who’s the Community Manager for TKE a few hours ago about the EU release for the Atelier Plus games and he said that Totori Plus is DL-only for Europe. :(

    • Lester Paredes

      Still, it’s cheaper than the PS3 version, right? I mean, if it isn’t, that’d be stupid…

      • shadowind

        As far as I know, it should be cheaper than the PS3 version PLUS (if you’ll pardon the pun!) you get all the DLC from the PS3 version included in the Vita release, so it’s definitely value for money.

        • Lester Paredes

          I should hope so, but you know how prices drop on games after a while. Unless it has become coveted by collectors… PLUS (ahem) there’s the added ability of portable-ness. That’s a sentence that makes total sense. Kind of…

        • Miwe

          So any info on the release date for eu?

          • shadowind

            No info, sorry, but I have a feeling it could possibly be today in EU seeing as Wednesday is usually the day when new releases come out on PSN here, although if not today, then possibly within a week or two at the latest.

            As soon as I find out anything from Chin Soon Sun, I’ll let everyone here know about the EU release date.

        • Lester Paredes

          after a quick search on Amazon, the PS3 and Vita versions are roughly the same price. I’m in America, and that’s the gist of it. Another quick search of the EU Amazon, it seems to be cheaper, 31.99 pounds (don’t have that nifty symbol to express the money… ) but I don’t know how much it is on EU’s PSN.

    • Ladius

      Could you ask your friend why they released the game without a single press release, trailer or localized screenshot? Also, do they plan to market it for its European release? Many people are also curious about the US Tecmo Koei, since they have been completely silent and haven’t even added Totori + to their site. The European branch seems far better than that, but still it’s a shame the US side is so mismanaged.

      • shadowind

        No problem, I’ll ask him about marketing for the EU release, but I have a feeling there’ll probably be the usual reviews as well as a post on the EU PSBlog as well about it.

      • shadowind

        Just got a reply from Chin and he’s said that it definitely IS DL-only in Europe and the reason why it’s not had a EU press release or marketing yet is because the game’s not been approved yet for EU release.

        Also, if anyone wants to check out when the game is due for release in EU, he’s given me the following links:

        Offical Atelier English language Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/ateliergames
        Official TecmoKoei Europe Twitter – http://twitter.com/tecmokoeieurope

        As I mentioned before, Chin is definitely a good guy when it comes to promoting TK games in Europe (and North America in a way) and hopefully people will cut him some slack as he tries his best to promote games made and distributed by TK, but some of the ranting posts I’ve seen here in the past by certain fans of the Atelier series worry me greatly…

        • Ladius

          I’m sorry, but how can he say the game hasn’t been approved for EU release when its listing just went up on the European PSN Store? https://store.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com/#!/it-it/giochi/oggetti%2520di%2520gioco%2520aggiuntivi/atelier-totori-plus-with-bonus-/cid=EP4108-PCSB00291_00-B000000000000269

          I don’t want to sound disrespectful, and I’m sure the European side of TK is better than the US one, but when a company’s PR doesn’t even know a game has been released there is definitely something wrong with how things have been handled.

          • shadowind

            I have a feeling that he didn’t get told by his bosses that it’s out today in Europe, but you have to realise that he’s a very busy person as the official Community Manager for TecmoKoei Europe and he can’t do updates every hour or as he said to me that he can’t reveal that a game is getting released without permission from his bosses.

            Knowing Chin as I have for a long time, if he could get away with revealing information about future games and DLC without his bosses permission, he would do so, but he respects the position he’s in as he’s the founder of the famous Koei Warriors online community and has worked hard to get where he is today in such a influential position he’s in within TK Europe.

            This is a guy who I respect immensely both in the industry and in my personal life and there are times when miscommunication can happen between various departments in videogame companies when it comes to marketing for games.

            I can understand where you’re coming from and you seem like a reasonable person (unlike some of the more rabid Atelier fans here who frankly scare me with their obsession over the series!), but at the same time, I’m just passing on the information from my friend about the EU release and to be honest, I won’t asking him any more questions about the release and instead, ask everybody else to visit the relevant pages posted in my previous reply for future updates concerning various future releases in the Atelier series.

          • Ladius

            You and your friend must realize that, aside from some fans who boycotted Ayesha because of the dual audio issue, most of us want the series to thrive and to be successful in the west, which also is in Tecmo Koei’s best interest.

            Simply put, not marketing a game will make it sell far less copies because only the most dedicated players will even know it exists in English, and releasing it not even a month another game in the same series (Atelier Ayesha on PS3) means even those who could have bought it may have some issues doing so because they’ve still to complete the previous game, can’t dedicate more money to their hobby in such a short time, etc.

            Keep in mind that no one is asking Tecmo Koei to do wonders in terms of marketing: even the smallest companies like NIS America, XSEED or Aksys do at least some announcements and official press releases, one or two trailers and a screenshot batch release well before a game is released, this is the first time a jrpg has been released this way.

          • shadowind

            I can understand where you’re coming from, but at the same time, you have to realise that he can only work with what he’s been told by his bosses concerning releases and if he’s not been told anything or given the relevant marketing materials for the game then he can’t do anything, so in this particular case, please don’t shoot the messenger if he genuinely didn’t know that the EU release was today.

          • Ladius

            Yeah, I imagine it must be frustrating to work in such conditions, I hope he can convey the issues I mentioned above to Tecmo Koei’s European management, or to the Japanese company itself if they’re the ones making all the decisions. They’re really hurting the series, and I’m sure it would be in better hands if TK’s European division had more power to handle each release.

          • ワン スャレ

            I’m now scared to respond to any Atelier series thread after the previous fiasco, but I just have to comment on this matter. I’m probably not a ‘true’ fan of Atelier series, having played only the ps2 generation and up, but it makes me sad seeing the franchise is poorly handled after Koei taking over. Koei should realise that they have many good franchises other than Dynasty Warrior, please don’t alienate the costumers of other series. DL only with no press release is really shocking. It’s like they didn’t care at all.

            Also, a bit off topic, but I want Pirate Warriors 2 on vita.

            People complain vita lack games, but Japan actually have lots of vita games. They are just not localised.

  • Lester Paredes

    Man… not even TecmoKoei’s official website has any information on this game. It’s like it was released accidentally or something. Is the game any good? I likes me some JRPG’s, but I dunno too much about this series…

    • Ladius

      The game is really good, but you must know it’s a mix between a slice of life jrpg and an extremely open ended alchemy management game. It’s also a sequel to Atelier Rorona, although it can easily be played as a stand alone game.

      That said, I think Atelier Ayesha (released some weeks ago on PS3) could be a better introduction since it’s a stand alone game and it gives more emphasis to its story progression.

      • Lester Paredes

        I’m a-okay with the slice of life gameplay and alchemy management. I am a little tired of the whole: THE WORLD IS IN YOUR HANDS! type of story. Not that such a story can’t be good, it’s just I don’t wanna right now. lol. Sadly, I don’t really have time to play my PS3 anymore. I mean, I try, but my wife likes to watch netflix on it, or is doing schoolwork in the bed room and needs quiet to concentrate, so I figure, maybe the handled one? I have enough space and PSN moolah to buy it, I’m just looking for opinions from people who’ve played. And, amazingly, I forgot to say Thank you. Geez, I’m a jerk! lol. Thank you for taking the time to let me know a bit about the game.

    • Testsubject909

      If it was released accidentally, I will laugh.

      • Lester Paredes

        I would too. Because it’s something that I had heard TecmoKoei was going to do, I just thought they’d, I don’t know, let someone know about it. lol. I mean, it wasn’t even listed on Sony’s official blog post about what releases on Tuesday’s, which is updated on Sundays and is called the Drop. to be fair, though, the guy who posts the drop doesn’t seem to have much going on up there…

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Leslie-Anne-Yao/1624214876 Leslie Anne Yao

    2 VITA games I’m considering. Probably a good sign that its time to buy a VITA? :D

    • Red Veron

      If you buy the games digitally from now until April 1 and rack up more than $50 in purchases on PSN, you get $10. Plus if you buy this game before April 16 you get the DLC with the game.

  • Brandonmkii

    This is all kinds of hilarious. But hey, more atelier games are always good.

  • Rasec46

    Any news if this will come out today on the european psn store update?

  • DarthSithZero

    I was really surprised when I saw this game on the US PSN store because I thought this game would only be released for JAPAN. Tecmo Koei didn’t say or announced a English version of this game this is a great surprise

  • artemisthemp
  • Clifford Michael

    To anyone wondering if it’s glitchy/doesn’t work, I’ve been playing it for a couple of hours now and it hasn’t given me any fuss. There’s some lag when switching from menu to world screen/battle to world screen, and some frame skips when Totori is running, but other than that this really is a solid release.

  • kactaplb

    If I buy now on psn, will it come with the dlc?

    • Red Veron

      Yes, its a bundle. You have until April 16.

  • Locklear93

    You know, as much as I like the series, and as much as I want more Vita games, I can’t support this. I don’t rant about dual audio, but I do prefer it intact. The lack of a collector’s edition for Ayesha bothered me a fair bit. This, though, I actually find kind of insulting. They care enough about the Atelier series to take it over from NISA (with realization of the fact that NISA still handles the localization, and Tecmo Koei owns Gust), but not enough to even say “We’re bringing this out?”

    Doing it below expected standards AND not caring enough to even announce the game basically tells me, “The audience for this title isn’t worth the time for an announcement even, but can we still have your money?”

    No. No you can’t.

  • Cerzel

    Totori Plus comes up to $54.95 on the Australian store. Bloody hell, that hurts.
    Edit: Now that’s odd. Despite the news earlier of it being rated R18+ here, the store lists it as just MA15+. I checked the classification board’s site to see if the listing had been updated, but rather, it seems to have disappeared.

    • Jisgsaw

      That’s probably because they fixed the price to the European one (PAL etc…), which is 40€, or 52$.

      PS: Yeah, the game is on EU Store also

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

    “so it’s odd that Tecmo Koei haven’t announced it yet.”

    Doesn’t surprise me, ‘tk’ doesnt care about Atelier games.

    to hell with this company, the next Atelier (#15) game is looking to be a non special ce/le release with 1 audio again. Oh how history repeats.

    On a side note, is this cross-play compatible or can u carry save files from ps3 version to vita or anything like that? anyone wanna confirm?

    • Testsubject909

      Don’t bring up singular audio. That bit is a relatively minor issue. (Edit: A nitpick if you will and something you consider as the developer/publisher spoiling it’s fanbase. It’s not a bad thing, definitely a positive thing. But the lack of it is not bad, it is neutral.)

      The lack of marketing though? That’s a relatively major issue in terms of generating sales.

  • Heath Bunch

    Wait, wut?! Its out?! Without so much as even a whisper from KT? Ha…oh man….these guys really want this series to die in the west don’t they?

  • Sylveria

    So they said nothing about it and it’s download only? Well, I WAS going to buy it, but no way I’m spending $40 for a digital only port of a game I already have.

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

    Stealth release TK? really?!

    Not impressed, and you’re not getting my $$$, i’ll take my business to NIS’s special box set of Hanasaku Iroha. At least they show in their own way, that they care.

  • Raoni Marques

    Wow that’s….unexpected. Great news though!

  • http://www.segalization.com/ Kuronoa

    RPGFan editorial about it. Shoot me if posted I’m not going through 200+ comments. lol
    http://www.rpgfan.com/news/2013/1187.html

    What a terrible turn of events, if this series is doomed in the West it is their fault.

  • LazuliteLiamz

    omg.. I just bought the Japanese digital version a couple of weeks ago but haven’t got the chance to play it yet due to Senran Kagura.
    and now this is released.. out of the blue.. damn.. how I regret my purchase.. and I even read this news a couple of days late..fml!
    oh well, I’ll still get this one, cause I don’t read Japanese that well xD

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