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Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk Arrives in Europe on March 8th (Update: North America on March 5th)

January 15, 2013 Written by Jason Dunning

Update: It was just announced that Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk will come to North America on March 5th, confirming previous rumors that that would be the case.

Original Story: We’ve previously posted about Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk coming to North America on March 5th, but we still haven’t received official confirmation about it and are waiting for something concrete. Luckily for everyone living in Europe though, Tecmo Koei has revealed that you’ll be able to pick it up on March 8th.

If you do pick the game up, you can expect to hear both the English and Japanese voice tracks, with the text only readable in English. In addition, there will also be post-launch DLC that includes new costumes, characters, additional areas, and more.

Here’s your rundown of Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk:

New story and cast of characters: Ayesha’s mission is to find her younger sister, Nio, who went missing after she left home to gather medicinal ingredients, and Ayesha will be supported and helped by those already close to her, as well as new friends she’ll meet along the way. This new setting will embrace all the Japanese RPG fans who are looking for a new kind of alchemy RPG!

Keep a diary to delve deeper into the story: The new Diary System allows the player to keep a log of Ayesha’s activities. Keeping up with the diary, Ayesha will be able to gain more recipes, bonus stats, and items. Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk does not have any time restriction on each mission; instead, every mission will be connected and will help determine your success in finding Ayesha’s younger sister.

Turn-based battle system: Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk features a turn-based battle system that emphasizes the importance of character positioning and distance from the enemies. Support and Assist attacks among your party will play a big role in each battle. Place your party members wisely and strategize your way to victory!

Back Attacks and unique character skills: Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk has an updated battle system that allows players to move behind the enemy; attack them from the rear to score critical hits! Get familiar with the special skills and abilities of each character to maximize your battle experience!

Alchemy gets even more exciting by focusing on the process: Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk features an updated synthesis system where Ayesha will learn special alchemy skills that she can use to fine-tune the details of the items that she synthesizes for more desirable results!

Will you be getting the game on March 8th? Let us know in the comments below.