I hate to say “I told you”, but I did tell you that we would have seen more of the upcoming remake of Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland today, and turns out I was right (Gust tends to be predictable on the timing of its press releases).
Today the developer released a large batch of screenshots and artwork to introduce (or better re-introduce) the game, that will be released in November in Japan for PS3 and PS Vita with the title Shin Atelier Rorona: Hajimari no Monogatari – Arland no Renkinjutsu-shi (New Atelier Rorona: The Origin Story of the Alchemist of Arland).
The graphics will be mostly remade, including the 3D models, to better fit with Mel Kishida’s original artwork (as you can see above, the screenshots of the remake are on top in each pair, while the screenies from the old PS3 Atelier Rorona released in 2009 are below), and while most gameplay systems will retain the original flavor, some elements from Atelier Meruru Plus will be introduced.
We also learn that the game will launch with the usual standard edition and a Premium Box. The Premium Box will include alternate character skins and a crystal paperweight (the PS Vita version will have a mini-crystal paperweight instead). The first print of the game will also include a download code that will grant a swimsuit for Rorona.
You can enjoy the full gallery below. Can’t say the game wasn’t worth remaking, that’s for sure.