Atelier Ayesha to be published by Tecmo Koei?
posted on 01.04.13 at 10:45 AM EST by (@salromano)
Are NIS America's days of Atelier publishing over?

Tecmo Koei has already announced it will publish Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk (it is no longer called The Alchemist of Twilight Land) in Europe in the first quarter of 2013. NIS America, who usually localizes the series in North America (and Europe, as well, but Tecmo Koei distributes it there), has yet to announce the PlayStation 3 RPG for North America. (Update: As pointed out in the comments, NIS America did once confirm an English version of the game, and promised an update within three to four months after, but it didn’t arrive.) If the ESRB is anyone to go by, they won’t. But Tecmo Koei will. 

The games rating board has given Atelier Ayesha a Teen rating—its publisher is listed as Tecmo Koei. This would make sense, considering Tecmo Koei acquired Atelier developer Gust Corporation in December 2011, which was after NIS America had already announced Atelier Meruru, the latest localized Atelier game, for release in North America and Europe. With Tecmo Koei being Gust’s parent company now, it makes sense that Tecmo Koei would localize their games.

Stay tuned. With an ESRB rating out, we expect Tecmo Koei will make an official announcement soon.

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  • eathere way i already preorder my copy so happy : D

  • Any publisher is fine, as long as this game will be released in English with both Japanese and English voice tracks.

    • DarthBrian

      Yeah, they better have both tracks. If not, no sale, regardless of publisher.

    • PrinceHeir

      im not worried about dual audio since Tecmo Koei does that with their games(Dead or Alive, Ninja Gaiden)

      im more concerned about if it’s gonna be retail.

      since Tecmo Koei has been screwing up their PS3 musou releases in the US by having them all in Digital, while Japan(both consoles) and 360 version in the US are in retail.

      don’t screw this up Tecmo Koei :(

      • Lee

        Sony has a stupid rule that if it’s not dual-audio, then Sony only allows digital sales for the game through PSN. There are rare exceptions to this though. (Yakuza AFAIK)

        But the musou series have a huge cast, so finding voice actors that can dub the Japanese voices can become costly for TK. Ayesha doesn’t have the army of characters the musou series have, so I’m placing my bet that it may have a retail version.

        • PrinceHeir

          i still don’t understand that stupid rules anyway.

          what’s up with SCEA being backwards in the year of 2013?!?!

          actually Ken’s Rage 2 won’t have any dub(despite the first game had one)

          so yeah i fear US Tecmo Koei PS3 games will be all digital in the future T_______T

          i don’t want that!!!!!!

    • Not really worried… Since they already included both English and Japanese dubs in their Dynasty Warriors games…

    • Eclipse

      I definitely agree with you about the dual-audio.
      I also hope this isn’t a digital only release and that there’s an LE box set (Just like the previous games).

  • DarthBrian

    I’m kind of annoyed by this. After NIS America has done all the legwork to make the Atelier series popular in the U.S., Tecmo’s just gonna jump in and steal all that from them? Depressing. But business is business I suppose.

    • PrinceHeir

      yeah poor NIS :(

      Tecmo Koei could always hire them as 3rd party contractors since their US branch are incompetent.

      but who knows??

  • Pyrofrost

    @Sal Romano: So here, it was confirmed for NA release by NISA at AX:

    And now suddenly it’s not confirmed?

    • DarthBrian

      Yeah, what’s up with that?

      • Pyrofrost

        I’m not sure, but I hope some clarification is on the way.

    • Thanks for that. As you can imagine, after posting 16,000 stories, it’s easy to forget a few of them!

      I added it to the post as an update. But the fact still stands that Tecmo Koei is listed as the game’s publisher, and NIS America promised an update within 3-4 months of July, but never provided one. So there could be something that occurred within that time span. Like maybe NIS handing off the game to Tecmo Koei. Or maybe NIS is still doing the localization, but Tecmo Koei’s publishing it. Just making guesses!

      Either way, I’m gonna contact NIS America to see what they can say about the situation. Would’ve done it earlier, but like I said in this week’s Open Forum, I wasn’t able to be at the computer much this week. I was away for the holidays, but am back now! ;D

      • Pyrofrost

        It’s no problem at all, you deliver tons of content to us readers, you deserve a break :p
        These kinds of mistakes can easily be made…considering how much time has passed and how much you have delivered to us.
        I appreciate the fact that you communicate with the readers and take the time to respond like this.
        Thank you ^_^

  • DGM09

    As long as they keep the quality up, it’s fine. I doubt they will make special editions like NISA, but hopefully I’m wrong.

  • margherita mastropaolo

    i love this series,i can’t wait to get this

  • margherita mastropaolo

    fantastic,i love this series

  • KingOptimusOrigins111

    Time will tell.

  • MrKappa

    And yet it is still being translated by NISA which means it will still take gross liberties having at most 10% of the dialog wrong…

  • No NIS america = no japanese dub anymore

  • LordKaiser

    It’s a reason to worry. I trust more NISA than Tecmo-Koei. I hope that the game releases on disc and not digital only. Well at least it’s not D3 Publisher.

  • KurisuMakise

    Throw me in the group of people not happy about this. There’s something to be said about tone in localization and switching from one company to another, it’s guaranteed not to have the same feel. Though I guess this is all but official now, so I hope they continue to publish the series and other GUST stuff going forward ;-; (my big concern being that they won’t, admittedly)

  • Soo are the OST, art, and premium box collectors not getting anything since NIS dropped this game? Nothing special at all for those of us who have the previous special editions?? Unless im just blind, im one upset fan…