Koei Tecmo announced that the Atelier Arland deluxe bundle pack consisting of Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland, Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland and Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland, are all currently available for a global audience for $89.99 in a deluxe bundle pack, or individually for $39.99 each.
The bundle pack is available on the now enabled Steam store page. It’s discounted off by 25% at the moment.
The bundle pack was originally delayed because Koei Tecmo noted that there was a ratings issue. The game is still rated ‘T’ for Teen, though, just as it was when it was rated and released for the Nintendo Switch both digitally and physically.
I’m not entirely sure what the ratings issue was, but maybe it was to avoid having to classify the games under the new filters from Valve? It’s unclear if unrated games are automatically pushed into the adult filter category, and perhaps Koei wanted to avoid that for the release on Steam?
In response, the company only issued a tweet letting gamers know that the ratings issue was resolved and that it’s now available on Steam.
— KOEI TECMO AMERICA (@KoeiTecmoUS) December 12, 2018
Originally the three games were inaccessible for North Americans, which included the U.S., and Canada since December 1st, 2018. Again, Koei Tecmo only noted it was a “ratings issue” when asked if there was some sort of censorship holding the game up.
After a lot of guesswork from the community, Koei Tecmo simply stated that the ratings issue was resolved.
Some gamers feared it may have been in result of Valve’s new crackdown on visual novels and anime games, which have been getting banned again recently. Reportedly, the company will address the bans sometime this week.
In the meantime, if you were interested in Atelier Arland’s deluxe bundle package, it’s currently available on the Steam store right now for $89.99.
(Thanks for the news tip Chaos Bahamut)