Atelier Ayesha Plus Headed To PlayStation Vita

By Ishaan . December 24, 2013 . 7:05am

Another Atelier game is receiving a PlayStation Vita port, this week’s issue of Dengeki PlayStation magazine reveals (via: Zaregoto). Atelier Ayesha Plus is headed to the system in March 2014.

 

Atelier Ayesha Plus will be available March 27th in Japan. A limited edition of the game will come with a miniature crystal paperweight.


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  • AlphaSixNine

    Best Christmas Gift from Gust!

  • https://twitter.com/BinksFrost Binks5

    ah nice ive been wanting more atelier games on portable, still have to get annie

    • Anna Scruton

      Annie really isn’t that great compared to others, but it does have its moments.

  • Pdugna

    Seems like most of the series will be on Vita

  • DanielGearSolid

    Wonder if Dengeki lets US citizens subscribe

    • DanielGearSolid

      On second thought, there’s always the website

  • TsukiBaka

    Since Tecmo Koei said they’ll put Dual Audio on all Future Releases, I’m wondering if they will add it to the Vita version. I didn’t buy the PS3 version because I felt betrayed, but due to their apology, even if the Vita port doesn’t have DA, I’ll probably still buy it!

    • mockturtle

      Can I ask a legitimate question? Why is dual audio such a dealbreaker for certain people? I see people all the time saying “if it doesn’t have the Japanese audio, I’m not buying,” and I just don’t understand it. So what if it’s only in English? That’s no reason to deprive oneself of the game in question, and I mean yeah, it’s nice to have the option of the Japanese audio, but considering this is not Japan, I see no reason why it needs to be mandatory.

      • Lynx

        Because considering the target audience, it makes sense to have the option?

        When a publisher like NISA, a relatively small one at that, can manage to work out for dual audio and a CE and some like TK can’t, which is quite larger than NISA……

        Also; given the fact that the English dub only is a partial dub, even when TK handled it….

        • mockturtle

          I just don’t see a reason to boycott a game simply because it doesn’t include the original audio. Even if Ayesha’s localization was botched (and I’d love a source documenting such), I’d hate to think people wouldn’t get it just because of an English-only track. To be honest, it sounds far, far too hardcore, at least for me.

          • Lynx

            Not just the localization was botched with Ayesha.
            Everything was botched. PR, communication, everything.

            TK thought they could get away without putting in any effort. Hell, half the information people got on the issue wasn’t even from TK America. It was from the European branch.

          • mockturtle

            Damn, I must’ve missed all that.

          • Lucky Dan

            Wasn’t really a Drama, the Might no 9 saga is a good drama but the DA situation wasn’t.

            TK thought the niche consumer market was just dumb, they just underestimated us all we done is wait for the price to drop to half price for half the effort then get it and purchased Totori Plus at double the price.

            They thought they could get away with it but they couldn’t so the consumers done the right thing if TK won’t listen don’t buy the game buy the other game. Also doesn’t help that TK took over the project half way they should of let NIS have the Ayesha then grab all the games afterwards but they were too greedy.

          • Cerzel

            And NISA, who knew more about what was going on than anyone at TK…

      • Endy Operin

        Because they like it a lot?
        There is no answer for “why X like Y?”. You don’t need a reason to like something.

        • Slayven19

          Actually that’s false, you do need a reason to like something because there always is a reason to like something. That said you don’t have to tell anyone the reason but It’d be nice if people did. People can’t understand anything if everyone just gives a cop out answer if someone asks them a question.

        • mockturtle

          Fair enough.

      • Kumiko Akimoto

        Because dubs can be really bad? Especially the shit that nis and tecmo usually chugs out

      • Cerzel

        One of the main characters in Ayesha was voiced by Cristina Vee. That’s reason alone not to touch it when dub is the only option.

        Half-joking aside, it’s a preference. And it’s an option that NISA gave us for years before TK came along and screwed it up. Maybe you guys like the dubs, that’s good for you. Others of us consider them bloody awful, and want the original audio instead.
        If TK wanted to scrap the Japanese audio then they should have put in the effort and budget towards making a dub that was worth replacing it. They didn’t; they hired hack actors and removed 80% of the voice acting when dubbing it.

        • Kumiko Akimoto

          I can’t blame voice actors for bad dubs anymore since it’s seems like they are reused a lot

        • mockturtle

          I’m not sure who Cristina Vee is or why you don’t like her, but apparently she voiced Wilbell? I didn’t find anything wrong with her voice, or the rest of the Ayesha cast (I mean, it wasn’t world-class, but it wasn’t bad).

          This wasn’t even necessarily directed at Ayesha, this was more of a general thing. And — again, legitimate question — can you point out how and where there was voice acting removed in that game? Was every line voiced in the Japanese version?

          • Cerzel

            Every event scene was voiced in the Japanese version. Every single one. In the dub only a small handful of plot-relevant scenes were. Same goes for previous Atelier games.

            As for Vee, she’s a terrible voice actor with a history behind her of hurting various dubs with her awful acting. Just seeing her name in a cast list is a good indication of the quality (or lack thereof) of a dub.

            Obviously, not all dubs are bad. I wouldn’t make a claim like that. But Atelier dubs have never been up to scratch, in quality or content.

          • mockturtle

            Wow. Well, that’s a new wrinkle. Now I’M kind of ticked off.

            Can I ask what makes her so terrible? I’m only familiar with her as Wilbell, and I didn’t have a strong opinion of her one way or another. I see she has a rather long list of credits, did she just mangle one in particular? I know people hate other people for a variety of reasons, but this is the first I’ve heard of this and I’m curious.

          • Cerzel

            Frankly, most of her roles are bad. But if you want particular examples of some of the worst: Homura in Madoka Magica, Noel in BlazBlue, Saki in Ar tonelico, Compa in Neptunia, Cerebella in Skullgirls, Towa in Time & Eternity, and of course, Ceci in Atelier Totori.
            In short she has a weak range and lacks any kind of subtlety, which made her performance of Homura among the worst. Skullgirls is also widely known to have really bad voice acting among the entire cast, despite some great actors in there (Liam O’Brien, for example), and guess who was in charge of the voice directing for that game? Here’s a hint: It was Vee.

            She has her talents; if you look her up on Youtube you’ll find she’s a fantastic singer, for example, but every time I find she’s been cast in a game I just sigh and hope it’s got dual audio in it.

          • TaihoT3

            I guess everyone is different. I like her VO for Noel, Cerebella and her roles in the Atelier games. Especially Wilbell’s voice. I found myself quoting her to this day.

            However I didn’t like her Mio Akiyama VO or Homura but shes not all bad. Oh well I guess opinions are opinions

          • M’iau M’iaut

            Whole lot of drama is removed from this thread when IMO is used.

          • Cerzel

            What drama, exactly? There was no kind of argument going on here between me and mockturtle or TaihoT3. Or do a few down votes on my post count as making a scene now?

      • FetusZero

        Because they prefer it, there’s really nothing else to it.

        But for Atelier, the real problem here in my opinion was how every previous releases had dual audio. Then, out of nowhere, they remove that choice. If it would of been that way since the first localization, it would have raised voices, but not nearly as much.

        As for me, I still played the game and still rank it as my favorite Atelier since Totori, though I was still disappointed by the lack of dual audio, not because I needed it, but because they removed a choice a large portion of the fanbase enjoys having.

        • mockturtle

          I suppose when you look at it as a removal of a longstanding feature, that does make more sense to be pissed…

          • FetusZero

            That’s how I see it anyway, others may not agree with me :]

      • Altin

        It baffles me too. Some people even go so far that they want to boycott a franchise just for the sake of it. Some people, really.

      • Lucky Dan

        Well its your preference, people do like to hear the games in the original language especially (Sorry mods for reiterating) if the game didn’t even take half the blu-ray disc. The previous iterations had all Japanese Voices from the PS2 era to the PS3 era and that’s the group your catering too. People who respect and love to hear how the game was original played. Also this is coming from a COMPANY that releases ALL ITS GAMES IN DUAL AUDIO NOW especially as DLC like Dynasty Warriors so there was no excuse to chop it off.

        An Analogy:

        Imagine if you bought a 30 buck foreign video or DVD or BLU-RAY and the company stated that they removed the original voices and just replace with a poor English dub when there was no need to remove it since the movie didn’t even take half the disc. That’s situation your presenting to us or lets say a game your from another country say you live in France and you love USA sports game, imagine if they remove all the commentators explaining what’s going on and release them with dead pan commentators who couldn’t even put half the effort in. There are countless examples unless your an avid watcher of movies and so forth then you’ll see it.

        It’s the immersion that these companies are pushing onto us but they also want to cop out and screw you at the same time, take a look at all the gaming adverts from the console ads that on the TV and Internet youtube adverts which websites/forums redirect you. The common theme is immersion and if they reinforce it in these adverts they pretty damn well should put in the effort in their games they’re working on and localizing from other countries.

      • M’iau M’iaut

        Guys I’ve given a little leeway here, but the Ayesha Civil War has been discussed enough here and in the past. Move back on topic all, please.

        • mockturtle

          I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to reopen old wounds.

          • M’iau M’iaut

            No worry. All we can do is accept that for some folks Atelier remains a DEFCON 1 topic. :P

          • mockturtle

            Heh, I see. I guess I’m kind of the same way when it comes to Capcom USA’s treatment of the Ace Attorney series. :S

          • M’iau M’iaut

            We all have our crazy topics. I just get the honor of dealing with all of them.

          • mockturtle

            Keep doing God’s work.

  • cloudcaelum

    Amazing, hope same new engine, not without old. And why no discount for Atelier series, f*ck!

  • Anna Scruton

    YES. SO MUCH YES.

  • Leon_Tekashi

    Welp, saw this one coming, but nice!

  • cyberkinghardy

    still waiting for New Atelier Rorona to get localized..

  • Ladius

    Ayesha was a wonderful game, I will probably play it again on Vita considering how much I loved it on PS3.

  • Manny Being Manny

    Hopefully this’ll get localized and have dual audio so I can finally play Ayesha

  • brostar

    At this point it feels pointless to be buying these games on PS3. I’m still waiting for Totori plus to get discounted on PSN as I already own it and the base price is too expensive.

    • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

      It was 50% off a few months ago.

  • Sangaz

    Hope this has dual audio. This was the first game in the entire series that I skipped, due to Tecmo Koei.

  • Malon

    Bought it two weeks ago on PS3. ;___;
    Just as I bought Atelier Rorona on PS3 this summer and New Atelier Rorona was revealed a few days after, WHY ?

    But I know I’ll buy it anyway, just as I bought Totori Plus and Meruru Plus. I’m weak against great games.

    • chibidw

      I originally didn’t bother to buy the PS3 version because of the whole audio drama going on, but if they’re sending over a Vita version I’m going to have to grab it this time around.

      • CH3N9

        Don’t just grab it! Embrace it! Don’t let it go! xD

    • Monterossa

      I bought them all and will buy everything they release.

    • Bobby Jennings

      It’s fine that you bought it. it’s not like we’ll get this in March.

  • z_merquise

    This could be my first Atelier game and I pretty much prefer to play it in Vita anyway so this is nice that it’s now official. I hope the wait for the English version won’t be long.

  • Andar

    I held off on buying Ayesha on PS3 in anticipation of this. I guess I’m going to hold off on buying Escha to Logy as well.

    I have mixed feelings about how the atelier games are now all receiving ports to Vita now.

    • Ladius

      Holding off could be a bad idea, considering Atelier sales are already extremely niche and they could end up stopping localizations if they drop under a certain quota. Also, the Vita ports have an extremely minor number of new features (aside from Shin Atelier Rorona, which is a full remake and is on PS3, too), and unless you prefere handhelds to consoles there’s little reason to wait for a port.

      • Andar

        That’s just it though, lately I’m finding that I do prefer handhelds by quite a bit. I fully realize that holding off like this hurts initial sales which affects opinion on localization, which is part of why I have mixed feelings about this approach to the port in general.

        • Lucky Dan

          They might just release the Vita versions and canned the PS3 versions. :)

          Think of it as the Game of the Year edition… Like the game of the year for Borderlands 2, Injustice and Mortal Kombat for example. Unless your really deseperate to play it hold back but if you don’t have a huge backlog like many people here go ahead and buy it.

    • AlteisenX

      I’ve already held off from playing the new Disgaea’s to wait for the better handheld releases. It would be nice if they would start releasing the game on the Vita at the same time…

      • http://s932.photobucket.com/ usagi_san

        That would be counter-productive. Then there wouldn’t be any reason to make those definitive versions if the game is already on the Vita.

    • Slayven19

      Don’t kill the franchise ma, holding off can just make them not make any more games at all. Its not like the plus versions of these games are really better, they add a little more and that’s it.

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

        …and make the game portable. That’s the big thing here.

        I already have Ayesha on PS3, and I will be similarly holding off on Escha and double-dipping.

      • Lucky Dan

        Then it might go back to NIS they at least do include everything on the get go unlike “HOW DO WE SCREW UP THE SERIES” Tecmo-Koei side.

        Also the Altier Sales has nothing to do with us by the way… Unless your in Japan it really matters but in the USA TK localize it.

    • Zeonsilt

      Don’t wait,get the PS3 version.
      It’s always better to play on big HDTV.

      • Sacchan

        Yeah, I agree. It’s way better to play on HDTV.

  • Nitraion

    inb4 comment” glad i skip PS3 version hopfully get dual audio” comments
    As for me i already platinumed the game but now i’m not sure to buy esca and logy especially now there is Vita TV

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

    Yesss. Been waiting for this.

  • mockturtle

    Oh, I give up.

  • Roberto

    I knew this would happen
    Now wait for localized

  • Tatsuya Fabre

    Wonder if this one gets an 18+ rating in Australia too…

    • [S]unjΔy of Equestria

      There is a very pervy onsen scene in this game, I won’t be surprised if it gets an 18+ rating.

      • Cerzel

        It would take more than that. Totori+ got the R rating because of the legendary drunkard scene (seen as sexual assault).
        Stupid, yes, so the more important matter is which of the staff is on the board when this rolls around. The drunkard scene was in the original PS3 game and passed through fine, and the real problem is the board is extremely inconsistent because it keeps shuffling around different people.

  • Weeb

    My 32gb vita card is almost full. I’m gonna start drinking if this gets localized as digital only like the others. Damn you sony and your terribly overpriced priority memory cards.

    • Magicks

      Yeah… Even with the price cuts to make room for the 64GB, it’s still pretty expensive.

    • Sebastian Lothian

      I just transfer the things that I don’t need to my computer. It doesn’t seem like that big of a deal unless you’re going on a trip or something.

      • Weeb

        It shouldn’t even be a problem considering how cheap memory is these days. I can get 32gb sd cards for my 3ds at the fraction of the cost of a 32gb vita card. Hell, I could buy 128gb sd card and reformat it to fat32 so it works with the 3ds. Yet it would cost around the same as a 32gb vita card.

  • [S]unjΔy of Equestria

    This is amazing, I still need to Atelier Totoria, and Rorona.

  • http://s932.photobucket.com/ usagi_san

    Still going to pick up the PS3 version but these definitive versions make it hard to fully support a series the first time round.

    • Slayven19

      Not if you don’t have a vita and also want to play it on your ps3.

      • http://s932.photobucket.com/ usagi_san

        What would not owning a Vita have to do with playing on the PS3?

        • Slayven19

          If you don’t own a vita you don’t have to worry about buying the plus version if you own a ps3. Meaning that like me I only support the first version because I don’t own a vita to get the second version.

          • http://s932.photobucket.com/ usagi_san

            Oh, right. Makes sense now. Well, the Vita TV will be great for those who don’t want a Vita but want to play most of those games.

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            but you need a vita for the vita tv to work don’t you?

          • http://s932.photobucket.com/ usagi_san

            No, you don’t need a Vita to use it. That would make the device redundant if it did.

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            what do you use then? What’s the point

          • http://s932.photobucket.com/ usagi_san

            The clue is in the name – a TV.

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PlayStation_Vita_TV

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            But what’s the point in the vita?

          • http://s932.photobucket.com/ usagi_san

            To play the games on its natural hardware and provide a console-like experience on the go. You know that some functionality would be lossed on the Vita TV, so the the Vita is still viable. The Vita TV just provides a cheaper alternative for does that want a Vita, but don’t want to shell out more for it, for now.

            The Vita is also portable so you aren’t tied to a location – the Vita still has a “point.”

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            So what do you use to play the games exactly? A ps3 or ps4 controller because then why didn’t they just add vita support to one of them instead of making a box just to play games i can play on the go

          • http://s932.photobucket.com/ usagi_san

            The Vita TV works with a PS3/4 controller and/or Vita as the controller input. Whilst they try to add the functionalities (touch features, and possibly the accelerometer), it would be limited – it wouldn’t be the same experience you’d be able to achieve on the Vita itself, hence not all games are compatible with the Vita TV. Also, the TV allows you to stream PS4 games via Remote Play.

            I don’t think you are getting it. The TV is to provide a cheaper alternative to the Vita and to play games via a TV (,for those that prefer to play portable titles on a bigger screen).

            If you can’t see pros and cons for the Vita (TV) now, I’m afraid, then you’ll probably won’t.

            I don’t want to drag this out any further, so if you do reply. I won’t. For more info, please use Google, search past Siliconera (or game or tech-related) articles for more info, etc. The Internet is your friend.

  • AxionAzure

    Atelier, the only games I feel guilty if I don’t show my support through a purchase.

  • Anesia Hunter

    I was wondering if this was getting a port. However, I still don’t know what the differences are between the PS3 and PS Vita versions other than the Rorona PS3 and PS Vita differences. Would anyone care to list the common current differences?

    • notentirelythere

      DLC from the original PS3 games are included free (notably, the player character DLC!), new recipes+materials, and in Meruru mechanics were tweaked to rebalance the game. Totori had a new post game dungeon in particular, and both games have more costume options than before. Also, playing things on portables is neat+convenient. (Also, outside Japan, no physical release). Idk if these were in the originals or not, but there are art+music+model+CG+ending galleries.

  • beliPrinny

    I’m so happy (:
    Another great game for vita ^^

  • Brandonmkii

    I’ve been neglecting the Atelier series since Rorona, but the fact that New Rorona is a thing is just making me wait longer to jump back in :B

    • Ladius

      I suggest giving Ayesha a try, it isn’t only a great game with a fantastic soundtrack, but also a fresh start in a new setting.

  • Learii

    nice I haven’t buy the ps3 version yet I might buy this one for vita =D

  • CH3N9

    Let’s just say all upcoming Atelier series port to PSVita will have ‘Plus’ on the title and what comes out later will have ‘New’ on the title.
    Love Atelier series since Iris trilogy, haven’t got the opportunities to play Arland & Dusk trilogy.

  • pimpalicious

    I figured this might happen but I’ll be happy to buy it again. So far Ayesha is my favorite Atelier game tied with Totori.

    • Slayven19

      Mine as well.

  • Saculogir

    Yes, this was exactly what I’ve been waiting for. I really hope Japanese audio makes it over when it gets localized. I want my Asami Seto!
    +1 driving me to ultimately buying that Vita.

    • Kai2591

      Marina Inoue for me~

  • LM009

    Hope they change alchemy system(prolly not) Atelier Ayesha’s was a step down from Meruru’s

  • Cyril Murasakitsuyukusa

    Meh, I doubt it will look as gorgeous on Vita’s screen as it does on my TV. ^_^

  • TheExile285

    I hope they start making the future games multiplat releases like New Rorona. Otherwise, I’ll be forced to wait….

    • Slayven19

      You don’t have to buy the second version…

      • TheExile285

        Not what I meant. If given the choice between a PS3 and Vita version, I will most likely play the Vita version.

  • Kumiko Akimoto

    I only have so much money gust geez

  • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

    Ha, I knew it! And people downvoted me when I said I would wait, hoooray! Atelier games are just perfect for mobile gaming, crafting on the go with Meruru Plus has been an absolute Pleasure! Maybe KT will consider Dual Audio, even though it wasnt in the original localization. *crosses fingers*

  • Keko

    If they bring this over with dual-audio, I’ll buy a new vita card. Are you happy now, Sony and TK? You’ve killed my wallet once again.

    • Guest

      Go for the 64GB one! It is the wisest investment you can make for now! Unless they…

  • Lazulis

    Oh…I practically day one’d Ayesha but I haven’t had time to play it…partly bc I don’t have a TV when I’m at college, but…urgh…

    If Escha & Logy go the same way…maybe I should hold out for the Vita port…

  • Theob Vious Choice

    Maybe they’ll get the licensing rights for this one and all the dual-audio bitching for the original release will be entirely for naught, lol. Hoping so, considering their plan was to release dual audio to begin with but the change in hands caused the original problem, causing needless protest. Lets hope when it gets over here we’ll have our jpn track too, lol.

  • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

    All of my yes. I don’t even care they only come in digital format to the West, getting it day one~.

  • Hikari Langley

    Jeez…. like it’s not I’m against more Atelier games I love the series… but should I also expect Atelier Escha and Logy to get ported also?
    It’s a kinda dick move, unless they are planning to add more content, instead of just the DLC that the PS3 had.
    Even with that, I’ll still buy it xD

  • MVRK HNTR

    ….How many of these games are there? Seems like every month there’s an article about an Atelier game.

  • Kornelious

    ……..Well, I probally should have seen that coming :(

  • xXDGFXx

    If localized with dual audio and retail release, it gets my money. If one requirement is unfulfilled, it’s a pass again. Tecmo’s efforts in localizing the Atelier series has displeased me to no end.

  • artemisthemp

    I better get to play Atelier Ayesha soon

  • Aqua King

    I will not buy these ‘plus’ games until a physical copy becomes available.

  • leingod

    Nice! This is the only one I haven’t played on PS3… and I believe it doesn’t have a time limit? That’d be kinda cool if they localize it.

  • CamulaHikari

    Please let this have dual audio *prays*

    Also does this mean we can eventually expect Escha&Logy as well, if so I might hold off on the ps3 version because I prefer my handhelds.

  • Croix Zapp

    Incoming ninja release!

  • Pichi

    Really teaching customers to pass on that first release. Then again, its TK, they love re-releasing their games, so I guess it all works out.

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