Though the adventures in Arland are over, there is a new Atelier game making its way west and an easier to pronounce one at that. Los Angeles based NIS America is handling the localization but they announced late Monday, Jan. 16 that Tecmo Koei will be handling the publishing duties for Atelier Ayesha. NIS America had previously handled the publishing of the GUST developed Japanese role playing games. The game will be released in North America on March 5 exclusively for the Sony PlayStation 3.
Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk follows the story of Ayesha Altugle, a girl who has been living alone in a secluded workshop ever since her grandfather died and her younger sister went missing a few years ago. She supports herself by making and selling medicine. As the story begins, she finds out that her younger sister is alive somewhere in the world and now she must devote herself to finding her. The E.S.R.B. has already assigned the game a Teen rating for fantasy violence, suggestive themes, and the use of alcohol and tobacco.
Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk game promises a new story and cast of characters. Ayesha’s mission is to find her younger sister, Nio. She apparently went missing after she left home to gather some medicinal ingredients. In the new game, Ayesha will be supported and helped by those already close to her, in addition to new friends she’ll meet along the way. Ayesha will also keep a diary which allows the player to keep a log of Ayesha’s activities and gain more recipes, bonus stats, and items.
Gone are the time restrictions; instead, every mission will be connected and will help determine your success in finding Ayesha’s younger sister. Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk does keep the turn-based battle system, but improvements to it emphasize the importance of character positioning and distance from the enemies. Players can move behind the enemy and attack them from the rear to score critical hits. Support and Assist attacks among your party will now play a big role in each battle adding to the strategy elements. The screens that were released also reveal that the alchemy system itself has been improved.
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