Tecmo Koei to Publish Next Atelier Game?

It’s time to get your alchemy on again; at least that’s what Tecmo Koei seems to be hinting at after acquiring Gust, developer of the Atelier series, and announcing Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk for Europe. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, seeing as the game was announced for a PAL localization back at July’s Anime Expo. Not to mention, Tecmo Koei has been distributing many of NIS America’s games in Europe for a while now; so it makes sense, really.

Where the story gets interesting however, is in the ESRB rating that has seemingly snuck onto the interwebs today, indicating Tecmo Koei might be publishing the game in the States as well. This would be something new for the Atelier series here in North America, since NISA has always handled these types of ordeals.

Nevertheless, as it stands now, much of this is speculation. The only hard evidence we have is in reference to a European launch date, which has penciled in The Alchemist of Dusk for a Q1 2013 release. Perhaps it’s safe to assume that it will hit North America around the same time.