Being a fan of almost anything Nippon Ichi Studios published or produced, it comes as no surprise I’m a fan of the Atelier series, most notably the Arland trilogy. While I’m super psyched for the upcoming Western release of Atelier Meruru near the end of May, I’m equally intrigued by the upcoming new game in the franchise, Atelier Ayesha: Alchemist of the Ground of Dusk. What makes this game different from most in the series is its apparently less cheerful tone compared to the usual happy go lucky presentation the series is known for. Check out this OP to get an idea of what I mean:
Atelier Ayesha stars a lonely girl who runs an alchemy studio. After her grandfather passed away, Ayesha’s younger sister Nio disappeared when she was gathering herbs. One day, Ayesha sees Nio walking through ruins which starts her journey. Overcoming sadness is one of the game’s themes and players will see Ayesha grow as she writes diary entries.
The goal of this game is to reunite Ayesha Altugle with her younger sister Nio who went missing while gathering herbs. Atelier Ayesha takes place in a new world separate from the Arland saga where the art of alchemy is out of style. Most people forgot about it and Ayesha lives in an ever changing world.
The game will be released in Japanese PS3′s sometime this Summer. No word on a Western release date yet but hopefully it won’t be long till one is confirmed.