Aha, that pesky Australian Classification Board is at it again, outing games all over the place. This week? The government database has confirmed Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland for western release.
The original Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland was first released in 2009. This new project (also known as New Atelier Rorona: Origin Story of the Alchemist of Arland) is a polished re-release for PS3 and Vita. It features new 3D character models, revamped battle systems, new playable characters and dungeons and updated graphics overall.
New Atelier Rorona hit Japanese shelves in November 2013, but we’d only heard rumours the remake would make it out West – Amazon France and Germany listed the new game and pencilled in a June 19 release. Now, an extra layer of truth’s been added to the story.
Confusing fans, Atelier Rorona Plus has been slapped with an R18+ adults only classification – a decent jump from the PG rating the original got back in 2010 (for “mild violence and infrequent coarse language”). Somehow, the past four years and platform jump now see the game packed with “references to sexual violence”, high impact violence and moderate impact adult themes.
Publisher Tecmo Koei has yet to officially announce Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland, so we’re hoping for a super-quick turnaround. Announcement and release within a month? We can handle that, right?