New Atelier Rorona announced for PlayStation 3, PS Vita
posted on 08.06.13 at 08:27 AM EST by (@salromano)
Arland remake due out in Japan this November.

Gust is remaking Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland for PlayStation 3 and PS Vita as New Atelier Rorona: The Origin Story of the Alchemist of Arland, this week’s Dengeki PlayStation reveals.

Due out in Japan this November, the game has remade character models with realistic proportions, but still remains faithful to the original illustrations. There will be new events, an extended time limit, item cultivation (Rorona will have a garden outside her house), time capsule (exchange items across time, and the item inside transforms), and new party characters and costumes. Save data can be shared between the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita versions, and there will be trophies, too.

If you have save data for Atelier Totori Plus and Atelier Meruru Plus, you will get some sort of bonus. But if you have Atelier Ayesha and Atelier Escha & Logy save data, you’ll have something to look forward to on both PlayStation 3 and PS Vita.

The PlayStation 3 limited edition will include a crystal paperweight and controller sticker. The PS Vita limited edition will include a mini crystal paperweight and skin sticker. First-run bonuses for both include an in-game swimsuit costume.

Thanks, Re: Gigen.

  • bldudas

    I love Atelier Rorona, so I might get this.

  • KiQun

    Suppose I have save file for Totori Plus and Meruru Plus, while having Ayesha and Escha’s for PS3, is it possible to access them all for purchasing one platform?

    • usagi_san

      The wording is a bit of here, but I think the answered would be ‘no.’

      Edit: My bad. Ayesha and Escha & Logy = Bonus for both PS3 and Vita; Totori Plus and Meruru Plus = Bonus for the Vita version. Just as the article says.

      • KiQun

        Seem like Gust encourage player to get both version. Wonder if there will be cross-buy option.

        • usagi_san

          Nah, cross-buy will mostly likely be a Sony-exclusive, in usage. I can’t see other companies offering their titles in such a manner.

          At the end of the day, I will probably get both.

    • CirnoTheStrongest

      Well, you can migrate saves, so that implies that all the content on the Vita version you can get for he PS3 version and vice versa. It’s not a guarantee of course, but it’s a good indicator of how it probably will work.

  • Chestnut Bowl

    Guess I’ll be buying this for the Vita, then.

  • fyi1191

    All I want to see is Sterk finally scoring with Rorona in the end.

    • CirnoTheStrongest

      And I want to see Cory ‘score’ with Rorona!
      Let us hope we can both get what we want~

      • SprintsMcGee

        Who would down-vote this amazing idea D=

  • usagi_san

    The thing that stops me replaying the original again were the graphics and the mechanics (after playing a bit of Totori). But after seeing those screenshots, I will have to buy this again. The question now is: For the Vita or PS3?

    • KiQun

      Totori Plus is a decent port. I’m not quite happy with the a little bit downgrade in visual and unstable fps. Still I’m curious to see how Vita will handle TK’s engine.

      • usagi_san

        I haven’t got either port – just the original PS3 titles. I don’t know if I can see myself getting Totori or Meruru again.

        Same. Because those screenshots look awesome.

  • tubers

    I can see it, now.

    PSV becoming the base option for PS3 multi-plats in Japan.. soon.

  • Ashton Anchors

    What a cash in, GUST out of ideas finally. Remaking a game thats not even 5 years old.

    • Anime10121

      But it did need to be remade though, Rarona was kinda…bad.

    • CirnoTheStrongest

      It was one of the first games Gust made for the PS3. So it was pretty bad in terms of technical aspects. As such, this really did need a full-on remake since Gust are much more experienced with devving for HD consoles now.

      And fans have been asking about and wanting this for a while now. I wouldn’t call it a ‘Cash-in’ at all. They are completely overhauling the game.

    • bloodiOS

      Heh, Rorona used QAA, that warranted a remake as soon as it was released.

    • BizarreJelly

      Rorona is absolute garbage (imo) and is in dire need of a remake.

      I like the upgraded models – Rorona actually looks the age she’s supposed to be now.

      • KnifeAndFork

        Now why couldn’t Namco have done this for Tales of Symphonia HD

        • BizarreJelly

          Completely agree. While I do still like the cutesy style of Symphonia – a version with updated graphics would have been awesome, but nah, cute midgets forever! :P

      • ふぇい

        I wonder what age you think that’s supposed to be. Canonically, Rorona and Cuderia are 14 and 13, respectively… But for reasons known only to them, NIS America changed this to 17 and 16 in their localization.

  • Nitraion

    Making it Ps3 and Vita at same time was good choice IMO…
    so there is no dilemma and regret when buying it….
    also i wanna see younger sterk move remake and cory attack also kinda miss lionella too if astrid will be playable that would be great too…
    but i bet that will be their “DLC ideas” ==”

  • Atinverse

    This news made my day. Rorona is still my favorite among Arland alchmists. Just hope TK localizes this.

  • Pyrofrost

    I wouldn’t mind a HD remaster or a graphic touch-up of the Atelier series that was actually good…Atelier Iris.

  • Josephl64

    This looks promising, I wonder if it will be like Dragon’s Crown in which they accept saves from games of other regions

  • bloodiOS

    Just curious but how exactly does using the Musou engine in later games benefit the series? I mean based on the released screenshots of the latest game, pretty much all of the assets look the same as back when they were still using the PhyreEngine so… really, what changed?

    • Pekola

      I don’t really know, but it probably has to do with the details and what not.

      Engines don’t really change how a game looks exactly, but it’s performance and what can be added in the game.

      The Musou Engine is probably more favorable/easier to use or allows for more freedom.

  • Dokuro

    This is what I was waiting for!!!! =)

  • Kurisu Makise

    Finally, I’ve been waiting for this announcement for awhile. All I need now is a bigger memory card, some funds and I can get Totori Plus and wait for Meruru Plus. So nice to see the trilogy all on vita.

  • KnifeAndFork

    Animate the hot springs scene!

  • artemisthemp

    I own all the Atelier games to PS3 released in the West, so I should be golden.

  • Eclipse

    Thank you, GUST <3

    I've really been waiting for this.

  • PrinceHeir

    remake already O___O

    at least there’s two versions now :P

  • Hidayat246

    GUst is on fire LOL

  • michel

    Gust <3
    T-K <3

  • SprintsMcGee

    Just preordered this for the PS3 10 min ago. I’m so excited! I can’t for November!