First Details: PS3's New Atelier Game
The Atelier Rorona sequel features a grown up Rorona, but not in the starring role! First details on Atelier Totori.
Gust ran a teaser ad for a new PS3 Atelier game in Dengeki last week. The add promised a full unveil for this week, and that's just what we've gotten courtesy of the usual early flying get leaks.
The new title is fully named Atelier Totori: Alchemist of Arland 2. This sequel to PS3's Atelier Rorona is set five years after that title and lets you explore the full continent of Arland.
You play as Totori, full name Totoria Helmond (voice Kaori Nazuka). The 13 year-old lives with her father and older sister. She aims to be an adventurer so that she can find her missing mother.
Other characters introduced in Dengeki are Jino (voice Yuko Sanpei), a 14-year-old childhood friend of Totori, and Mimi (voice Yuka Iguchi), a 14-year-old high class girl who wears hot-pants.
Rorona, star of Atelier Rorona, also appears in the game. She's 22-years-old now and serves as instructor to Totori. In fact, Totori is Rorona's first pupil, and Rorona seems to adore the new main character.
Totori, Mimi, Jino, and Rorona appear to form a playable party. Screens show them fighting alongside one another.
It looks like Gust will be improving on Atelier Rorona in every way. Visuals are said to be greatly improved, with the goal being to closely replicate the CG models from designer Mel Kishida. The game has 1.25 times as much voice as Rorona. We can also look forward to greater event volume.
On the gameplay side of things, Gust is working on a reformed battle system and is promising to clear up all the inadequate areas from Rorona. Some players apparently complained that Rorona was too easy and simple. This is being addressed as well.
The game now features an "Adventurers License" system. You'll apparently need to gain rank ups for a license of some form as you expand out into unexplored regions of Arland.
Develoment on Atelier Totori is nearly complete. All that's left to do now is brush up the product for its June 24 release.
I had to base this early leak report on message board postings, as I don't have the Dengeki issue in question. If there are any inaccuracies, I'll provide an update.