Monday, January 28, 2019

Atelier series celebrates 20 years in Japan, waves bye to Vita

Ahead of the release of Atelier of the New Earth Nelke and the Legendary Alchemists from Gust, the company is celebrating 20 years of the series, with some impressive art on Tokyo's subway. The series has been a faithful servant on the PlayStation, PSP and Vita, if passed over in the west for the last couple of entries.

On the plus side, we've had Atelier Firis, Shallie Plus, Ayesha Plus, Escha and Logy Plus and my favourite Atelier Sophie (review), along with all 9GB of the The Arland Trilogy. Throw in the host of missions, costumes and music DLC on PSN, and publisher Koei has done pretty well out of the series on the Vita.

Next release, the much delayed Nelke is likely the last Gust Vita release with Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland missing out the Vita completely in Japan and the west, so goodbye and thanks for all the potions.

I do wonder why they don't farm out the perfectly good Sophie-era engine to other developers who might want to craft their own RPG series?

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