So I was minding my own business, walking down the street, when all of a sudden I hear this giggle. Turns out Atelier Ayesha snuck up behind me, grabbed $50 from my wallet and said, “See you March 5, 2013!” Then she ran off! What a jerk!
Okay, I’m kidding. It didn’t happen that way, but Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk really did sneak up on all of us! We knew that it had been picked up for a North American release, sure. We also knew there was a bit of a dance going around since it wasn’t known if NIS America, the company that usually handles Atelier games, or Tecmo Koei, new owners of Gust, were going to handle the North American release. (Tecmo Koei’s publishing, NIS America’s localizing.) Then, all of a sudden, the alarm goes out that we have about a month and a half for a brand new adventure with alchemy.
Atelier Ayesha stars a whole new alchemist named, you guessed it, Ayesha. She lives alone, making medicine for people to get by. It wasn’t always that way though. She once had a loving family that consisted of her grandpa, her sister Nio and herself. Then her grandpa died and Nio disappeared while gathering ingredients in ruins.
But, Ayesha may not be as alone as she thinks. Once day while she’s out, she sees a girl who looks exactly like Nio at Nio’s grave. She then devotes herself to finding her sister, while also learning alchemy to take requests and further her journey.
I’m really excited about Atelier Ayesha. I say that about every Atelier game, but I mean it every time. This entry got a 34 from Famitsu, which is pretty darn good. It’s not the best score a PS3 Atelier game has gotten, that honor goes to Atelier Meruru, but Atelier Ayesha did get a better score than both Atelier Rorona and Atelier Totori!
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