One of my personal favorite localization studios held an even yesterday in San Francisco where they announced three new titles coming our way soon. Two of them I had a feeling would be brought over eventually, one of them came from way out in left field. Hit the break to check out what they are, but you can probably already hazard a guess.
First off – the one I’m looking forward to the most – is the follow-up to last year’s Atelier Rorona, and all you fans known what I’m talking about. Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland has been announced for a Fall 2011 release in both North America and Europe. Notice the name change from its Japanese counterpart (which is sub-titled Alchemist of Arland 2). This title is set five years after the events in Atelier Rorona, and Rorona herself is a mentor to our new alchemist, Totori. As usual, the focus of the title will be on alchemy synthesis and completing various requests with those mechanics, and will, naturally, feature multiple endings and wild cast of characters.
Next up we have ClaDun x2, which is the sequel from last year’s ClaDun: This is an RPG, which we found to be a great, retro-inspired title. This second title will feature new classes and new features, including the ability to create your own characters, draw your own weapons and compose your own background music. It’s set for an August 2011 release via the PlayStation Store only. Unfortunately, there will be no physical retail copy of this title released, so all us collectors of niche titles and go cry in a corner somewhere.
Bleach: Soul Resurrection is the final title that was announced, and is the one I think came out of left field. First off, it isn’t an RPG but, rather, an action title, which is sort of out of the realm of NIS America’s M.O. Secondly, anime titles really haven’t had a whole lot of great success here, even though the anime this one is based off of is probably one of the most recognized and popular ones that has been localized for North America. Anything Bleach-related, be it the manga or the anime series, tends to do pretty well, so why not a videogame, right?
The game features 21 playable characters, a free-roam exploration system with cell-shaded visuals, various game modes to keep players coming back for more (story mode, mission mode, etc.) and a customizable character leveling system (for all those RPG fans that want to check this out because it’s an NISA product). This will be a PS3-exclusive, and is scheduled for a release in August 2011. I’ve stashed some screens to this title down below. It looks good, now I might have to start watching the anime to prepare myself to check this game out.
We won’t have to wait long for all of these titles, as August and the “Fall” season is only a few months away. I know I’m pretty pumped about Atelier Totori, but there’s a whole smattering of teenagers out there aching to get their hands on Bleach: Soul Resurrection, I can almost guarantee. You know we’ll be covering all these titles here at DualShockers as release approaches, so stay tuned!