Good News: Atelier Arland Series Deluxe Pack heads West this December

Good news, everyone! Koei Tecmo announced today that the Atelier Arland Series Deluxe Pack will be getting a Western release on December 4 this year, bringing three more delightful JRPGs to Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC.

Atelier Arland Series Deluxe Pack combines the full Atelier Arland trilogy into one pack, including “many of the previously released DLC contents”. Atelier Rorona: The Alchemists of Arland DX, Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland DX, and Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland DX will also be sold separately.

There’s no pricing information for the West yet, but in Japan—where the games released just this week—they’re priced at 4,800 yen individually and 10,800 yen for the bundle. That’s approximately USD $42 and $95 USD, respectively.

Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland first came out for PlayStation 3 in 2009, followed by Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland in 2010 and Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland in 2011. Like the rest of the series, the Arland games are turn-based JRPGs that make alchemy a central aspect, with a focus on adorable characters and a cheeful tone. Atelier Rorona in particular is one of the most popular of the Atelier series as a whole, and it marked the video game debut of the extremely talented artist Mel Kishida.

At the same time, Koei Tecmo unveiled new details about Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New World, a spin-off game that brings together characters from across the full breadth of the franchise:

In Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New World players assume the role of Nelke von Lestamm, a young aristocrat who longs to become an alchemist, but sadly does not have the talents required. With a strong fascination with the ancient legend of the Sage of Granzweit, she is excited to uncover new information which rumours that the sacred Granzweit Tree is within the lands her father governs.

Not only are the eccentric alchemists on hand to help with developing Westwald, but Nelke will rely on their help to unravel the mystery behind the Granzweit Tree. The main cast of the Dusk series; Ayesha Altugle, Escha Malier, Logix Ficsario, Shallistera Argo and Shallotte Elminus, are just a handful of the alchemist friends which she will have the pleasure to work alongside on her journey. More alchemists are yet to be revealed from across other Atelier titles like the Salburg, Mysterious and Arland trilogies.

In Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New World, players need money to develop the land and build new facilities, but will require the aid of well-known alchemists. By sending alchemists out across the lands to gather materials and synthesise them provides Nelke with income from selling the final product in one of Westwald’s shops. As the town’s population grows, players can construct Ateliers, Shops, Growing Areas, Landmarks, and Roads, to name a few. Many facilities will allow helpers run their day-to-day procedures – place a resident as a helper in a Growing Area and they will ensure that the items planted are harvested and ready for use.

Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New World is due out in early 2019 for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch, while the Atelier Arland Series Deluxe Pack comes out for Switch, PS4, and PC on December 4 this year.

Matthew Codd

Matthew is a writer based in Wellington. He loves all things pop culture, and is fascinated by its place in history and the wider social context.