Something that we’d forgotten about until now, Atelier Arland Switch drops today. The Atelier Arland Series Deluxe pack as it’s known, releases on PS4, Steam and Switch today – and it’s a JRPG package that’s ridiculously weighty in content and absolutely worthy of your time.
Containing the full Arland Trilogy, arguably the most beloved by fans, it includes Atelier Rorona: The Alchemists of Arland DX, Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland DX, and Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland DX – and with them, the full adventures and all previously released DLC for each installment.
For the uninitiated, and be honest there are many of you, these JRPGs deftly weave the joys of adventuring in adorably parochial settings with ingredient gathering and alchemy. You can either download each game individually or, if you have an ungodly amount of free time, all three in one go at a discounted price.
Launching in 2009 the Arland trilogy is perhaps our favourite in the Atelier series – thanks mainly to Mel Kishida (he of Blue Reflection fame’s) sublimely delicate artwork, resplendant with petticoats and gorgeous pastel shades.
The Atelier Arland series is particularly noteworthy for it’s lack of epic feel – instead settling for a quieter, domestic vibe that gives it it’s own unique atmosphere.
That said, do not be fooled – for under the hood Atelier Arland Switch is deceptively deep, with a crafting and time management system which is positively hardcore in its requirements for the higher end gear the game lets you create.
Just in case you’re wondering, the fourth game in the series, Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland, is scheduled for a Spring 2019 release.
If you’ve never played these before, then we wholeheartedly recommend you give them a try.- They are an acquired taste, thanks largely to their complexity, but if you enjoy the first in the series, then you’re in for many hours of delightful JRPG-ing.
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