The newest Atelier game, which was supposed to hit American shores on the 22nd, is now due to be shipped on the 29th. In the press release it is interesting to see the phrasing, “shipped to retailers” because that pretty much means that it will be in stores on the 30th of this month. Most of the people who read the site probably aren’t too phased by this, but this is just another week for me to try and find the cash to buy the game, because those games are just crazy amazing good.
Meruru is the third of a trilogy of games set in the kingdom of Arland. The series follows a series of teacher/pupil relationships, as the alchemy student from the previous game is the teacher of the new student for the next game in the series. Interestingly enough the Atelier titles proper seem to go through phases of either being directly tied to another game in the series or having almost nothing to do with them, and are closely related to other games from the same publisher that even those could almost oddly be considered to be in the series. I am sure that this is probably only interesting to like two other people out there, both of which designed these games.
The Alchemist of Arland trilogy is coming to an end on May 22nd, and while I am painfully upset about this happening to me there is some solace in that fact; Nippon Ichi has announced the pre-order for the Limited Edition Grand Finale Set that can only be obtained directly from their online store. NISA is normally releases collectors editions of most of the games that they publish, but it is a very special day when they put out their store edition of the product; they are normally twice as collectable and contain the standard and limited edition packages inside, so they can be re-sold later for profit if it is easier in those formats. This trophy will come with the following:
-The game (Duh)
-An Art Book (Soft Cover)
-Sound Track (Exclusive to ordering from the store)
-A “Barrel” T-Shirt (Which I wish they shipped in “Fat Guy” but only comes in Large)
For those of you who aren’t rabid fans of the site, and don’t know how much I love this series, it is a pretty straight forward Time Management Style Role Playing Game. Think about some of the better Final Fantasies, but with limited amount of actions that can be done before the end of the game, and with the power to create some of the best items in the game pretty much whenever needed/wanted for pretty much no reason. The Atelier series is long and mildly-well documented, and it is said that Meruru (this upcoming one) is best of the series.