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Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland gets Euro release

Nippon Ichi PS3 RPG out in Spring 2012.

PlayStation 3 RPG Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland gets a European release in Spring 2012, publisher Nippon Ichi Software has announced.

The 13th game in the Atelier series, it's a sequel to 2010's Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland and this year's Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland.

The game, developed by Gust, follows Princess Meruru as she attempts to use the power of alchemy to strengthen her kingdom.

Expect classic turn-based battles, a dynamic development system that changes the game's outcome depending on how you use it and returning characters from past entries in the series.

Atelier Rorona scored a middling 6/10 from Eurogamer's Chris Schilling in October last year.

"Like labelmate Trinity Universe, Atelier Rorona is a hard game to dislike, but it ultimately feels a little too tied to JRPG convention for its ideas to bear fruit," read his review.

"It might be admirable for a game to promote such a diligent work ethic, but it never quite rewards you handsomely enough for your efforts."

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