The Atelier franchise has been a blessing for old-school role-playing fans, but the latest – Atelier Rorona – wasn't initially confirmed for North America.
Released in Japan last week, it's the latest in the critically acclaimed series and the first installment on the PlayStation 3, and followers have been waiting for some localization news. Well, according to this message by NIS America's PR/Marketing Coordinator Nao Zook, the team is currently working on the necessary processes. He said they can't announce anything for certain, but they're "working on bringing the game over here," so perhaps you won't have much longer to wait. If you're not familiar with the franchise, you can always go back and locate the Atelier games on the PS2, or perhaps you'd rather try the spiritual successor, which is Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis . The titles boast those cutesy sprite models RPG fans have enjoyed for years, along with some humorous dialogue and in-depth item creation/customization systems (known as "Alchemy") that is typically the biggest draw for micromanagement freaks. Here's hoping NIS realizes there are a respectable number of fans in this country, and they'll announce Atelier Rorona for the US soon.
If they don't, you can always hope that either Konami reveals Suikoden VI for the PS3 or Square-Enix's mystery title is something you want to play…
Related Game(s): Atelier Rorona