Atelier Rorona Remake's Comparison Video Shows New Graphics
posted on by Sarah Nelkin
Tecmo Koei began streaming a comparison video on Thursday between Gust's Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland 2009 video game and the 2013 remake titled Shin Rorona no Atelier: Hajimari no Monogatari: Arland no Renkinjutsushi (New Atelier Rorona: Origin Story: The Alchemist of Arland). The video shows off the remade character models and scenery. The new character models are made to follow character designer Mel Kishida's designs more faithfully.
The remake will also add new events, extended time feature in battles, item cultivation, time capsule, playable characters (including Rorona's apprentice and grand-apprentice Totori and Meruru), and costumes. Players can cultivate a garden outside their Atelier and place items in a time capsule, which will alter the items as it carries them through time and space. Since the remake's system is based on the one in this year's Atelier Meruru Plus port, it will support costume changes — even one into "that character!?". Finally, it will implement Cross-Save support and more trophies.
The first copies of the game will come with swimsuit costume DLC. The limited PlayStation 3 edition will bundle a crystal paperweight and controller stickers, while the limited PS Vita version will bundle a mini crystal paperweight and skin stickers.
Gust producer Keisuke Kikuchi had said in March that his company was not content to simply do a "Plus" port of Atelier Rorona as it did for the other games in the Arland series. He explained that Atelier Rorona needs more of a revamp to justify a new release.
Tecmo Koei will release the game on November 21 for both the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita.
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