I’ve had my eye on this one for quite some time, but I haven’t written about it yet. Gust, the company behind the annual Atelier series, is currently developing its first original title in many years, and Koei Tecmo has just committed itself to localizing it in the English speaking world as Nights of Azure.
Known as Yoru no Nai Kuni (The Land without Night) in Japan, it is a much more action oriented affair than the Atelier games, and it looks really solid, honestly. The game revolves around the relationship between two lead females: one who is either very rich or very holy and the other who appears to be her bodyguard. You control the bodyguard named Arnas, who has been tainted by the blood of monsters and demons, and the pair struggle to banish demons from their world
It launched to fairly positive reception in Japan back on Oct. 1 and did okay for itself for an original IP at 79,000 units in its first week. Chances are it won’t light the world on fire, but it could be a good place to get started if you want to check out Gust’s game’s. The Atelier games are a little too many in number to know where to start, so why not jump on this bandwagon before it takes off?
Nights of Azure will launch for the PlayStation 4 on March 29. The trailer has no mention of the PS Vita or PlayStation 3 versions available in Japan, so it’s very likely they won’t be coming.