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Atelier Rorona Plus Launches on PS3 and Vita Next Month

Posted by Nicola Hayden

More than a pretty face

Tecmo Koei's Atelier series is set to return with the final re-release of the PlayStation 3's Arland trilogy. Following the PlayStation Vita editions of Atelier Totori and Atelier Meruru – which were similar to their PlayStation 3 counterparts bar a few minor differences – the first part of the saga has now received a complete overhaul. This much needed makeover will be available on 20th June in Europe for the PS3 and Vita, while the North American release will land on the 24th June. The Vita edition will only be available on the PlayStation Network in both regions, while the console version will be available at retail also.

Aside from the upgraded graphics and new models for characters and scenery, the game will be bursting with new content for players old and new. For those just starting their journey, there'll be a new time capsule system. You'll be able to bury items in the game and dig them up in the future while playing Totori and Meruru on the Vita. There'll be cross-save with the PS3 version, too. Meanwhile, the battle system will be spruced up to the standard of newer releases, with extra maps and bosses to fight against, and new characters to play with. Synthesising hasn't been left out either, with an expanded item catalogue so that you can create more goodies than ever. New events and illustrations will be included, along with fresh chapters featuring the alchemists Totori and Meruru – though we're not quite sure how that will work. For those after a Japanese language option, that'll be included alongside an English dub.

With more additional content than you can shake a stick at, it looks like this may be one remake worth splashing your cash on. Has Rorona swept you off your feet? Leave your assignment requests in the comments section below.


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User Comments (10)



naruball said:

I've seriously lost count at this point. How many Atelier games have been released on the psvita? And are they all different stories?



belmont said:

@naruball It is the third one on Vita but story wise it is the first of the Arland trilogy. Totori was Rorona's student and Meruru was Totori's. The first of the new trilogy, Atelier Ayesha, will also be ported on Vita.

I will get this, I enjoy Atelier games way back to Iris, the first one that was published in Europe.



NicolaHayden said:

@naruball Yes @Belmont is completely right. The Arland trilogy goes Rorona > Totori > Meruru. The reason why it was the last to be released though is because its the one that needed the most work.



AVahne said:

Vita version is digital-only right? If so...Sony seriously NEEDS to release the 64 GB memory card over here (so I can partially pay for it with my Sony Rewards points ). I'm gonna want to get all three games in the trilogy and there's also that SAO game coming. Plus, I need to download Project Diva f and Gravity Rush. I bought those two games, but can't even play them yet



NicolaHayden said:

@SimonAdebisi I'm in the same boat myself -had PS3 versions but not Vita- and I'm glad I held back because of the time capsule system. Would be pretty cool to bury some rare items to carry over.

@Naruball Sadly to the the niceness of the franchise, I doubt there will ever be a cheap release of all three together. Crossing my fingers for a possible launch discount though.

@AVhane Sony really do need bigger memory cards at a lower price with the increasing amount of digital releases.



Number_6 said:

How badly did the original version need to be remade? Were the annoyances serious? I have it in my PS3 "to play" stack, but I would rather buy Rorona Plus and play that instead if it would be a lot more enjoyable.

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