Atelier Rorona Plus Announced For June Release

By Ishaan . May 8, 2014 . 7:45am

Following retail leaks, Tecmo Koei have officially announced Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland for a western release. The game will be available for PlayStation 3 and Vita on June 24th in North America and June 20th in Europe.

 

Here’s a rundown of what you’ll find in the game:

  • Improved 3D character models
  • New field map modeling with better scenery
  • New chapters featuring Totori and Meruru
  • More playable characters, maps, bosses, costumes etc.
  • Improved synthesis system and new Assignment system
  • Item crafting has been expanded
  • New battle system with advanced features
  • Bury items and unearth them in Atelier Meruru Plus/Totori Plus
  • Over 30 endings affected by player decisions
  • Save data shared between PS3 and PSV

 

Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland will cost $49.99 on PS3 and $39.99 on Vita. The Vita version will be released as a download title only, while the PS3 version will be available at retail. Pre-ordering at GameStop will get you the “Orange Swimsuit” and “Lady’s Etiquette Costume”.

 


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  • Pdugna

    wait bury items and make them show up in previous games? 0.0 that’s kinda cool.

    • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

      Chronologically speaking, Totori and Meruru take place years after Atelier Rorona. The Arland timeline is Atelier Rorona -> Atelier Totori -> Atelier Meruru. So it makes perfect sense and it’s a nice touch that you can communicate with the other two entires of the saga~.

  • Shippoyasha

    That is… very soon.

    Great to see they aren’t just going to throw the $60 pricetag at us too.

    A bit of a shame with the digital only Vita version. If only Vitas didn’t have that ridiculously expensive proprietary memory card to deal with. 3rd party memory cards are so enticing with their gigantic space + ridiculously low price.

    • AlteisenX

      As much as people complain about it on the vita, people need to start realizing Sony has done this since the PS1. Every system until the PS3 used its own memory card, and they have always been expensive. PS2 cards were $40 here for 8MB…. Yeah…

      • Shippoyasha

        Yeah, but PSP had that 3rd party support. Cavernous 32GB memory space for $30. Good old days.

      • Towel

        Every system till the PS3? So PS1 and PS2, lol. And just because they’ve done it in the past doesn’t mean we should be fine with it today.

        • AlteisenX

          Did I say we should accept it? No. I’m just saying I’m sick of people blaming the Vita for it when its ALWAYS been around.

          • Towel

            Then why are you complaining about people complaining because they want something changed? Are consumers not allowed to call out a dick move because it’s “always” been that way?

            People target the Vita because it is relevant and they are able to compare it to other active consoles and handhelds. They can go to town on the PS1 and PS2 but I doubt Sony will be making another iteration of it anytime soon.

          • Slayven19

            Its not a dick move though…

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            He’s saying that people shouldn’t blame the vita like it’s never been around.

          • Towel

            People are not blaming the vita for starting the proprietary memory thing, they blame it for having it.

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            I think you should replace it with sony.

          • Towel

            What do you mean?

  • azureknight

    I bought the other two Atelier games during the PSN sale, but I might as well wait for June and play the game in order.

    • LM009

      Technically, Rorona Plus would be on an alternate timeline post-Meruru due to the fact that events from Totori and Meruru both happened and then they time travel to events of Rorona Plus.

    • Nu Blitz

      You get items for having totori and meruru files

  • http://hanzoadam.tumblr.com/ Hanzoadam

    I may pick it up as I never finished Rorona

  • lett303

    the trilogy finally complete and will all be in my pvita soon then after this the wait for the next atelier for the psvita begins

    • ShadowDivz

      the trilogy finally complete and will all be in my pvita

      YOU.HAVE. THE POWER!!!!!!!!
      (raise your vita up towards the sky)

  • JohnNiles

    Taking all these things together, it sounds like we get all the improvements from the previous games.

    I’m a little puzzled by the 30+ endings and how distinguishable they will be from one another. Setting up routes is complicated and hopefully no glitches will be introduced.

  • https://twitter.com/BinksFrost Binks5

    huzzah!

  • LM009

    I am curious about if you can still beat Gio at the tournament without a tera bomb lol

  • All Fiction

    Well fuck, I got the original one some time ago, and I only put 2 hours in, should I get this “plus” one or is this like Totori/Totori+ which didn’t have a lot of differences ?

    • MrSirFeatherFang

      It’s not like Totori or Meruru Plus, it’s a remake. It’ll look and play different from the original. Seems like it uses the same alchemy and battle system as Meruru, but I’ve never played that one.

    • Ladius

      Definitely get this, Rorona Plus was actually called New Atelier Rorona in Japan because it’s a full remake instead of an updated port like Totori Plus and Meruru Plus. I wonder why they changed the title, since lots of people could misunderstand the game’s nature.

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

        Probably cause it’s easier to recognize that it’s part of the line-up, over here? Brand recognition after all.

        • Ladius

          It’s still a strange choice, calling it New Atelier Rorona would have made it just as easy to understand it’s part of the Atelier franchise, without mixing it up with the Plus line of updated ports.

          I imagine it was a matter of consistency for them, but they risk to lose sales because of it.

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

            Maybe, but I’m saying this is the only point of reasoning I could think of from TK, that it’s mainly for consistency’s sake. Maybe they’d think people would find it weird if they called it “New Rorona” while everything else so far has been Plus. Who knows!

          • Ladius

            Yeah, I think consistency is really the only reason to go with Atelier Rorona Plus. I would have chosen something else in order to make people immediately aware this wasn’t just a Plus game they could skip if they already played the original, but maybe the target audience is nichesavvy enough to know this is a remake.

            I hope the game manages to sell well regardless, I’m really happy they decided to localize it.

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

            I’m really happy too. I wasn’t even expecting any possibility of news about it until E3 next month, so this is a very pleasant surprise!

            Even if it means I’ll need to do some shuffling around on my bigger Vita card so I can have all three games on it. Ah well.

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

      It’d probably be worth it to get this. It’s basically a full-scale remake using Meruru’s battle and alchemy engine instead, with a lot of additions and an extended period after the main game.

    • Nu Blitz

      This one is like RE1 and RE1 remake so there is a big dif I suggest you play the original you can beat it in like 16 hrs

    • Logan Moll

      Massive, massive differences. This is a remake–not an enhanced port.

  • Firion Hope

    Thats pretty soon!

  • Hexodious

    These are release dates that i’d like to see. Getting the Vita version for sure.

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

    Whoa, I’m surprised it’s so soon.

    And they’re definitely going for full price for this, which makes sense given how huge of an upgrade it is. Gonna have to make room on my Vita card so I can get this, that’s for sure.

  • Aldorr

    Cool! Now we need to sacrifice some maidens for Ayesha Plus release and FINALY we can be happy… for some time :)

  • Nu Blitz

    Gonna buy both versions

  • 3PointDecoupage

    Thank god! I had nothing to play this summer.

  • Aristides

    >.> seriously? Physical PS3, no Physical Vita? sigh… what a pain in the ass…

    • Towel

      Guess their sales projection for handhelds doesn’t justify print runs.

      • Aristides

        It does for all their other Vita Titles, curiously except the Atelier series. I guess they just know we’re gonna buy it anyway…

        • Kumiko Akimoto

          Of course It’s easy to just delete and redownload.

  • Logan Moll

    I am so happy that this is getting released here. I started with Totori, so it will be great to go back and finally play this one.

  • Carlos Daniel Flores Loreto

    So, any info on how to get those costumes on the Vita version?

  • SerendipityX

    Yes, Rorona was the only I liked out of the Arland Trilogy. Buying both versions.

    • Slayven19

      You liked the weakest game in the series? Are or you saying that and just not have played the other 2?

      • SerendipityX

        Nope, I played all of the Arland trilogy and only really liked Rorona. The mechanics were objectively better in the later games. But alas I found Totori and Meruru boring, the Totori vita port lag problems didnt help either.

        • M’iau M’iaut

          IMO Rorona is far more similar to the heroines of the original generation of games than the latter two. The focus remained on a girl become a young adult within the society she lived. And earning her place within said society.

          The other girls? Played far too much as generic anime fodder — which became true with Escha.

  • Demeanor

    Time to get that Platinum at last! (PS3, dat big screen)
    I already have Totori’s, and am missing the NG+ in Meruru… can’t wait to sink my teeth in Rorona no Atelier once again…
    I wonder, did they change something with the music or is it the exact same tunes?

  • Malon

    I wonder why Deception IV got a physical release (+ it was translated in french, italian, german etc.) while the Vita Atelier games got to stay digital.
    Well, I don’t care, I don’t like digital but Atelier games are exceptions. Getting it on Vita as soon as it’s made available!

  • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

    I don’t care if it’s digital only, I’m buying it day one. So glad it’s coming to the West~.

  • KazukiNanbu

    ps3 retail release YEEAAAAAAHHHH!!!!

  • DingLayGorFe

    New chapters featuring Totori and Meruru
    what does this mean?

    • refrain

      Time travel

  • http://psvitareviews.net/ Trent Berlinger

    Buying day one for sure, but would have preferred to not sacrifice yet another 3-4 GB of my Memory Card for a new Atelier game.

  • Kornelious

    HAHA! A PHYSICAL PS3 release! Now we’re talking :D

    Still a bit dissapointed we won’t get a Limited Edition, and that the pre-order stuff is Gamestop exclusive….but this is pretty good, I figured the Vita version would be Digital only (Maybe TK just really doesn’t like the Vita in the west…) But the PS3 version will be physical like Escha and Logy so I think that’s pretty good. And I might as well be buying the Limited Editon cause I’m gonna buy both versions X)
    And a June release as well, that;s REALLY soon….which is AWESOME! I can’t wait :D

  • Prinny Dood

    Im glad to have a 32 gig stick dood!

  • Eric Harris

    I’m disappointed they couldn’t just release like a limited run physical release for all these Vita Atelier games. I bought a few from NISA on PS3 years back. I would LOVE to play them on Vita. But not for some code inside my Vita. I want a cart. Ah well.

  • Land of Green Pasture

    This… MY TEST DRAW NEAR!! and so this game…. uuu…

    • TheLoliGod

      Moe hidden art #435
      Do two of them at once. *wink*

  • EinMugenTenshin

    Wasn’t this the game that came before the one that was before Meruru?

    • shuyai

      ? yes but Totori is before meruru. this is basically the remake of the first Atelier game

  • Alexander Aubert

    download title for PSV ……. :( please make this available in asia region

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

    Best news ever, ‘scuse me while I head to Gamestop.

  • laurenhiya21

    Yessssss :D I was debating on getting regular Rorona or not, but I’m so glad I didn’t now :3

  • Yan Zhao

    Now if only TecmoKoei would give us a freaking LIMITED EDITION. NISA always gave us those for all 3 Arland games.

  • Aqua King

    I. Hate. Download only releases.

    • Zack

      So do I, but I’ll be downloading this one when it comes out. To be completely honest with you, I’m embarrassed to go out and buy Atelier titles. When Meruru came out, I went out to the games retailer alone wearing a “disguise” so that no one would recognize me. Unfortunately, my girlfriend and her friends caught me on my way back home and laughed, convinced that I’m into “girly” games…

  • ShadowDivz

    I’m happy but it’s kinda weird.

    2: Totori Plus
    3: Meruru Plus
    1: Rorona Plus.

    Oh well, il finally have the collection.

  • chroma816

    Oi vey, so many games, so many choices.

    Also, not sure if those DLC are worth it, or if I should just get the VIta version.

  • AlphaSixNine

    I worry for TK renaming the game to coincide with the other Vita Plus releases. I happen to have a few friends immediately thinking this will be the same as Totori+ and Meruru+ where there’s really nothing much added. I think it gives people the mindset that it’s just another port with little changes. Had to frantically explain to them it’s not the same and it’s a complete remake and has lots of new added features.

    I think New Atelier Rorona would have worked wonders, or even the original title Shin Atelier Rorona would have resounded better. Keeping the Japanese sub-title would have been better too. It gives the “New” game feeling to it, and not just any remaster or port.

    Anyway, as a fan it doesn’t really matter to me much, but I worry it will affect sales overall and that would be just sad.

  • AndyFe

    I’m glad this is getting a physical ps3 release I have wanted to replay Rorona for a while so it’ll be cool play with a reworked system.Also the more Adult Totori the better :3

  • Silent

    I am so full of love :3

  • Ryumoau

    i hate that the vita version is digital only and they’re still charging a full $40.

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