As we head deeper into 2020, there’s a ton of JRPGs that we’re all anticipating. However, we can’t think of a better way to begin the year than to kick it off with the release of the Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack. In this release, Koei Tecmo has put together three stand-out JRPGs for a new generation to experience. What’s better about this release is that the improvements made to it make it the definitive way to play them.
The Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack includes Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk, Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky, and Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea. The trilogy began in 2013 on PlayStation 3 and was later ported to PlayStation Vita beginning in 2015. Now, the trilogy is coming to PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC with a few improvements.
Players new and old to the series will find several vital improvements made to the graphics and resolution. Additionally, all of the DLC from each title has been included, so players who want those bathing suits right out the gate can do just that. Also added in are new scenarios and playable characters to make this adventure different if you’ve experienced it before.
One feature that stands out is the new option to speed up battles and run faster on the field. Throughout the game, players will get into many fights and find themselves running across the world map to complete quests and progress the narrative. This option is enormous for those who have played the game before and gives them a fighting chance the entire adventure until the end.
So let’s talk about each title. Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk focuses on Ayesha Altugle, who meets an alchemist named Keithgriff Hazeldine after her sister, Nio, goes missing. To save her, Ayesha will need to learn potent alchemy through various means.
This game is actually pretty sad some sometimes, but watching Ayesha grow and learning more about her perspective of the world and desire to reunite with her sister makes this a great beginning to the trilogy.
Now onto Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky, which takes place four after the beginning of Atelier Ayesha. Players meet two main protagonists, Escha and Logy, who are members of the R&D division in Twilight Land.
As they learn more about the terrible event, known as “The Dusk,” the two find themselves making new discoveries in ruins. Through these adventures, they become closer as well as meet new friends who help them on their quest.
Lastly is Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea. As the conclusion of the Dusk trilogy, this entry takes place ten years after the beginning of Atelier Ayesha as players meet Shallistera Argo and Shallotte Elminus, two girls conveniently nicknamed Shallie. Their region has seen better times as the water source is drying up.
Both girls have a similar goal of finding their place in the world, but different approaches on how to get there. Completing both stories is necessary to learn the entire overarching story, but that’s not too hard, considering they are each so enjoyable.
Each entry of the Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack has some pretty heavy themes but still manages to include the charm that the series is known for. The series is full of memorable characters and moments that every JRPG fan should play.
Even though we are still extremely early into 2020, there’s no JRPG that we’d rather be playing to start this year off right.
Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack is available now on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC-via Steam.
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