miruki wrote:You do realise that the game probably won't be a slide show of pretty images, right? ;>
I don't think you quiiiiite
understand what the Otomate games "are". Especially since they're classed as "AVGs", the game is pretty much gonna be a slide show in all likelihood, yeah. There MIGHT be some alchemy in there, somewhere, but don't even expect it to be anything like the handheld Ateliers, never mind something like Totori. It's all talking, pretty pictures and letting the female players swoon over the guys.
Have they actually explained the title yet? Because the name of the heroine sure as hell isn't "Elkrone".
You surely seem to have a very different definition of Japanese Adventure Games compared to mine. Tho I do believe it was more you being all snarky (in the annoying kind of way) instead of you actually thinking that this game will be a huge PSP wallpaper collection.
I very well do know what kind of games this company called Otomate (or rather Idea Factory) usually produces. You on the other hand don't seem to know their games very well. Keeping their flagship titles Hakuouki & Hiiro no Kakera aside, which both are visual novel games without any kind of gameplay besides the occasional choice to get a certain route (tho, there might be mini games in the sequels, not too sure on that) - Otomate has quite a few games with gameplay elements. Wand of Fortune, Kanuchi & Hanayaki are just a few examples of Otomate's collection of games that involve certain kinds of gameplay. From stat raising to answering tests correctly to actual running around in maps and gathering items (and to make my point even more clear, watch this from 2:50 on: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8wx08uoIm0
). Kanuchi not only involves the gathering of items, but also has you forge weapons and sell them afterwards.
I have no idea why you are thinking I'm expecting a normal Atelier game here, I am fully aware that this will be an Atelier x Otome game, but as an otome gamer and RPG lover and a fan of the Atelier series, this is exactly what I'm wanting. I'd love to swoon over some deliciously drawn boys while doing some alchemy. But especially since Gust is involved in this, I am indeed expecting a little more gameplay than just hitting the circle button over and over. Actually, I could imagine it to be quite a lot like Atelier Annie just with a lot more dialogue, but Annie certainly had quite the otome game vibe, with all the timed events and the requirements for the different endings and raising the friendship through battling with certain characters (and triggering more character based events with it)... I never played Totori, since I have no PS3, but even tho they went to 3D you still have the 2D character portraits with the text windows which actually makes the game(s) look very ADV'esque already. There are also character based endings, aren't there? (Or epilogues or whatever.. I've been avoiding all these character ending videos on youtube).
You guys over here certainly do not have played many otome games involving more gameplay, so let me recommend a few games to you: The whole Harukanaru Toki no Naka de series (turn based RPG otome games), Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side (stat raising sim with a few mini games as well - 1 & 2 have been fantranslated to English), Hoshizora no Comic Garden (otome game / mangaka sim, lots of drawing minigames), Kurayami no Hate de Kimi o Matsu (point & click mystery puzzle solving otome game) and... seriously, there's so many otome games with lots of gameplay.
All I want to know right now is how exactly Otomate & Gust will be handling it in the Elkrone game..