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Atelier Trilogy Concludes with Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland on May 22nd

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Howdy everyone! Ryan from NIS America here, dropping by to talk about our upcoming PS3-exclusive title Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland! Due out May 22nd in North America, this is the final game in the Atelier Arland trilogy and we are super excited for its US debut.

For those new to the Atelier series, they are RPG games that revolve heavily around adventuring and using alchemy to synthesize items, weapons, and armor. In order to make items with alchemy, you will be out leveling up your characters and gathering materials in various areas. Although Atelier Meruru is the third title in the Arland trilogy, the story itself is independent from the previous two titles, so you can totally pick it up and enjoy it without having previous knowledge of the backstory. For those who have played the other two Arland games, you can definitely look forward to seeing familiar characters from the previous two titles!

Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland

The story itself takes place in the tiny kingdom of Arls, located on the northeastern border of the Arland Republic, which Princess Meruru calls home. Ever since she was exposed to alchemy by famed adventurer Totori Helmold (Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland, 2011), all she could think about was becoming an alchemist. With Totori’s guidance, Meruru sets out to develop her kingdom using the power of alchemy. On her way, Meruru will encounter new adventures, obstacles, mysteries, and friends, and discover what life is like outside the castle walls. How you choose to guide her through the advancement of her land will determine the final outcome in the tale of Atelier Meruru.

What’s new for this Atelier game? First and foremost, there is a new “development” system that allows you to actually develop new areas in Arls in order to gain access to new lands to explore – doing this will also change the physical appearance of areas and facilities within the game. Another new addition is that you will can pick up quests and interact with NPCs outside of town while you are out gathering and adventuring. The previous titles used the main town as the quest hub to undertake and hand in all your quests, so this is a nice new feature for this series. Alchemy is back with a vengeance, with plenty of new items to make, and of course be on the lookout for the Homs, who will gladly gather and synthesize items for you while you’re out adventuring!

Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland

We’re greatly looking forward to the launch of Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland next month on May 22nd exclusively on PS3. If you have any questions, feel free to post a comment and I’ll do my best to answer your questions. Thanks again!

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madhukrishna9999 said:

April 20th, 2:15 am


mckg123456789 said:

April 20th, 8:48 am

Pre ordering this baby soon, (need a lil bit more cash, lol)

saintaqua said:

April 20th, 10:14 am

Oh no! I’m still working on Totori! :D
I’m so happy this is coming.
Please continue bringing great stuff like this to PS3 and hopefully the Vita too!

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    Ryan Phillips said:

    April 20th, 7:16 pm

    Hi saintaqua,

    I’m glad you’re excited for it! We have a few JRPG’s we’ve already announced for later this year, so stay tuned!



Mister-Nep said:

April 20th, 10:41 am


duke301 said:

April 20th, 11:28 am

This is indeed good news. I love the first two games, can’t wait to play the third! Is there going to be a limited edition like with the first two?

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    Ryan Phillips said:

    April 20th, 7:15 pm

    Hi duke301,

    We are offering a Limited Edition version of the game on our online store, however it will not be available at retailers unfortunately.

    I hope this helps!


RavageHeitaro said:

April 21st, 9:44 am

Late to the party but i just wanna say, NISA has really become my favourite publisher this gen. Atelier, Disgaea, Neptunia, etc…i honestly don’t know what i’ll do without you guys :3

Anyway, i absolutely adore the PS3 Atelier games (Rorona is my fav) and i’ll be there day one for Meruru. And of course, i’ll be awaiting further good news regarding Witch &100 Calvarymen, Ayesha and Neptunia V :D

Oh and it’s really nice of you to take the time to reply to each post. Sincerely wish you guys all the best :)

Stiner said:

April 21st, 2:03 pm

I’ve had my copy preordered on NISA’s store since they announced it, glad to see its getting attention in the blog! Also I’d like to ask if there is any new news on Black Rock Shooter psp game coming over to the states, last I heard was that poll over on Siliconera about the special edition and nothing since….we need more info!

saintaqua said:

April 21st, 7:48 pm

Love the atelier games!
Pretty sure she mispronounces it though. Should be At-el-yay, I believe.

Moonglare said:

April 22nd, 4:34 pm

Howdy, Ryan!! I hope I’m not too late for posting here, sorry for being lazy! I’m glad you’re back here once again to promote another of NISA’s great games coming western side. Atelier series is one of my favorites series along with Ar Tonelico (and I’m really hoping for a sequence of Mana Khemia as well), and I’m pretty happy for being able to pre-order the Grand Finale edition of Atelier Meruru from your online store (yay for international shipping!) so now I can have all 3 of your wonderful Arland series Limited Editions. Atelier Meruru will do just as great as its predecessors here on the west, ’cause it is a great game with a lot of improvements since Rorona, and I’m really sure that everyone will like it. I’m also looking forward for Mugen Souls (which you have already announced) and the newly announced Hyperdimension Neptune game. Please localize this one too since Neptune has been such a successful series here and in Japan!!

Best regards =D

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