In our previous post, we got a look at Gust’s upcoming remake of Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland, titled New Atelier Rorona: Origin Story of the Alchemist of Arland, which will be released for PlayStation 3 and Vita this November. The latest reports in this week’s Dengeki PlayStation magazine shares additional details on the new features.
In addition to the revamped character models (pictured to the right), New Atelier Rorona will offer plenty of new content. You’ll have a private vegetable garden that allows you to cultivate veggies. There will be benefits for using displayed items for decorations. The time capsule will work by putting items inside, and sending it through space-time, which results in a different item altogether.
Players who have save data for either Atelier Totori Plus and Meruru Plus will be getting special benefits, too, which have yet to be revealed.
Additionally, those who have save data of Atelier Ayesha and Atelier Escha & Logy will also have something fun to look forward to.
According to the magazine, Gust wants New Atelier Rorona to be considered more of a new release, rather than a “plus version,” as the 3D modeling and everything else are being developed within Tecmo Koei.
Mel Kishida, who illustrated the original character designs for the Arland series, will be supervising the work on character models. Dengeki PlayStation mentions that there will be one change to a particular character that will surprise many fans. Furthermore, there will also be some unexpected characters who’ll join your party during the end-game parts.
Additionally, the battle system in New Atelier Rorona will use Atelier Meruru as the base, so it will be quite different from the original Atelier Rorona. The addition of finishing moves will be one of the bigger changes to the system, where we’ll be seeing the likes of Tantris and Sterk pull off flashy moves.
Finally in addition to the new character models, the background and maps will also be seeing a makeover. Certain parts of maps felt too wide in the original game according to the developers, so Gust will be making changes accordingly accordingly.
New Atelier Rorona: Origin Story of the Alchemist of Arland is slated for release this November on PlayStation 3 and Vita.