We were big fans of Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland , so we're excited about the new entry.
As announced at the PlayStation Blog , Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland will land on North American shores on May 22.
The final game in the Arland trilogy, the third title will once again focus on the intricate and interesting process of Alchemy, where the player uses gathered raw materials to synthesize everything from healing items to stronger armor and weapons. Interestingly enough, though, they say this new effort is "independent" of the storylines from the previous two titles, so you don't have to worry about feeling lost in regards to plot progression.
Located in the small kingdom of Arls, Princess Meruru recalls her meeting with famed adventurer Totori Helmold (from the previous game), and knows she wants to be an alchemist, too. There will also be some semblance of choice, apparently, as the blog post reads- "How you choose to guide her through the advancement of her land will determine the final outcome in the tale of Atelier Meruru." Other new stuff includes a fresh development system that involves exploration, and the ability to grab quests and interact with NPCs outside of town.
For JRPG fans, this one should be a no-brainer.
Related Game(s): Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland