No JRPGs for the Vita? Think again. Tecmo Koei has you covered.
Vita fans of Gust's Atelier games can rejoice, Tecmo Koei managed to sneak out a release of the turn-based JRPG Atelier Totori Plus: The Adventurer of Arland in North America and Europe. Readers may remember that this extended version of the Playstation 3 original was released in Japan in 2012, but there was no indication of a Western release.
That's because Tecmo Koei is handling the publishing duties of the Atelier games now, and unlike NIS America who handled the games previously, they appear to believe in stealth publishing. So stealthy that you could be excused for missing the release. However, the press release from Tecmo Koei popped up at Gamsutra . The game is a download only title and was made available on March 20th. If you grab it before April 20th, you get free bonus DLC in the form of swiming costumes for Totori to wear in-game.
This enhanced port of the PS3 title retains all the graphical charm of the original. Of course, since this is the Plus version, there is additional content included. You'll find all of the DLC that was available for the PS3 game included, along with some Vita specific items. Price is $39.99 for the bundle in NA, EU readers will pay the same number of Euros.
Tecmo Koei doesn't list the game on their North American home page. Even the PS Store Update posted at the PlayStation Blog does not list the vita version as a new release, it's included in the list of game bundles instead. We can hope that Tecmo Koei sees a decent return on this game and brings more JRPG love to the Vita. However, stealth releasing game is not the best method of promoting sales, hopefully they realize this before the next installment.
Related Game(s): Atelier Totori Plus: The Adventurer of Arland