Atelier Meruru Plus has many changes, more costumes

New cover art to show Meruru reading a book and looking over her shoulder.

January 29, 2013 / 09:22 PM EDT / (@sqexgal)

Dengeki PlayStation this week has new details on the enhancements and improvements in the upcoming PlayStation Vita version of Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland.

The game’s cover illustration features Meruru sprawled out, reading a book, and looking over her shoulder. Mel Kishida, the game’s artist, commented that considering there were “many compoisitions from the forward viewpoint,” he wanted to draw it from the player’s point of view.

“Plus,” he added, “I liked the way her bottom was covered by the pleated skirt. Meruru is childish and innocent, so having her do something like studying was very suiting.”

The magazine also has details on some of the game’s additional costumes:

  • “Sunday’s Best” - A dress that has already been introduced, but it’s black.
  • “Passion Lady” - A red bikini with a pareo (wraparound skirt).

Each costume has an accessory attached: a red rose corsage or mini straw hat. Other outfits include Rorona and Totori’s costumes for Meruru. You can change the costumes of characters other than Meruru too, but it’s unknown who else you can do that for besides Totori.

There are a lot of changes in Atelier Meruru Plus. Here’s a list of the important ones:

  • You’ll be able to register accessories with sellers.
  • New special effects have been added.
  • Accessory abilities have been adjusted.
  • Recovery items have been adjusted.
  • Party characters’ abilities have been adjusted.
  • Download content has been adjusted.
  • Defense has been revised from 0.5 to 0.75.
  • A limit has been placed on some effects.
  • Quality has been upgraded.
  • The quality scope has compressed.
  • The points necessary for facility construction have been adjusted.
  • The limit on reclamation points has been changed.
  • The event occurrence timing has been adjusted.

Atelier Meruru Plus: The Apprentice of Arland is due out for PlayStation Vita in Japan on March 20.

Thanks, Sokuho@Hokanko.

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  • ShinAsura

    Y’know, before the entire Ayesha mess I would’ve always assumed Tecmo Koei would include dual audio in their games, especially JRPG’s. Pretty surprised at how they handled things but now I wonder about their future games

    • syaznifaiq

      Tecmo already said they regret their decision and promise that kind of mistake will never happen again in the future .. so future games will have Jap audio

      • Danny Kriegbaum Laursen

        Think the only way Tecmo can win in Ayesha issues is by, releasing a free JP audio DLC

        • syaznifaiq

          totally agree

      • KurisuMakise

        They said that? Then what was the technical reason for not including the Japanese audio track, licensing negotiations?

        • syaznifaiq

          Well apparently they did not revealed why but i can share u the link Here’s the link, http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2013/01/18/atelier-ayesha-doesnt-have-dual-audio-but-future-titles-might

          • KurisuMakise

            Thanks very much for the link @gematsu-6b9bb055c60428fa01686736b18f39fc:disqus ! It seems GUST didn’t properly negotiate for the Japanese voice track rights and so Tecmo Koei could not include it for this release. Sad but it happens, even NB is struggling with that. I trust Japanese publishers will make sure the contracts with the CVs will allow for publication/use in overseas markets going forward.

  • Eclipse

    Ever since that whole fiasco with Atelier Ayesha not having dual-audio, I think I’m going to have to play it safe and import a copy of this (There’s no telling if this is even going to be localized).

    • KurisuMakise

      Admittedly, there won’t be if Ayesha doesn’t sell =(

  • PrinceHeir

    awesome stuff!!!!

    and yes, tecmo really screwed up Ayesha.

    No dual audio, limited edition, no trailers

    nothing.

    fucking wow.

  • http://www.facebook.com/MiLk.ChoCo.LeN Hikaru Lighthalzen

    hopes they localize totori and meruru soon :3

  • LordKaiser

    Damn the day Tecmo-Koei bought Gust. We don’t need anti-foreign companies delivering incomplete games to the west.

    Only NISA, Atlus and Xseed care about us?

    • Elvick

      Aksys. Natsume.