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Aug 042023

August 8 looks like it could be an exciting morning for video game news.

First, there’s a new Atelier announcement coming on August 8 at 5 AM PT / 8 AM ET.

While not specifically stated, this is widely expected to be a new game.

Gust is the company that never sleeps, as they already released Atelier Ryza 3 back in March, as well as the Atelier Marie remake last month. If they are announcing a new game, I’d expect it to be for 2024. Three Atelier games in one year would be a bit much even for them.

With the Ryza trilogy concluded, a lot of fans are expecting this to be the start of a new Atelier trilogy. However, some fans are hoping for a fourth entry in one of the older trilogies or another remake.

Since the first game, Atelier Marie, was just remade, it’s possible they could follow it with a remake of the second Atelier game, Atelier Elie. In an interview with Siliconera, Gust Executive Officer Junzo Hosoi said their goal is to eventually have the entire Atelier series available digitally.

Atelier feels like a series I’ll never catch up on, because they release new games so fast. Still, my enjoyment of Atelier Ryza left me really interested in digging into the series more.

Moving on, the Pokémon Company announced a Pokémon Presents for that same morning at 6 AM PT / 9 AM ET. It will last 35 minutes. That’s long for a Pokémon Presents, which usually run around 15-25 minutes.

The announcement tweet includes a short video, which shows the announcement glitch out into a neon purple version before reverting back. What this means, I don’t know. The neon aesthetic is reminiscent of the first Detective Pikachu movie, while some fans think it’s a hint at a Mewtwo event for Scarlet & Violet.

One way or another, we’ll find out on August 8. I’d love to see more of Detective Pikachu Returns, and I have my fingers crossed that the rumors of a new Unova game (especially one in the style of Pokémon Legends) might be true.

August 8 could be a great day for RPG fans! What are your hopes for the Pokémon Presents? What about the new Atelier announcement? Share your thoughts and theories in the comments!

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  5 Responses to “Atelier Announcement and Pokémon Presents Both Set for August 8”

  1. I think the Neon is definitely for Detective Pikachu, no doubt in my mind. Especially since they already announced game 2. But we shall wait and see!

  2. Well, I thought today was August 8. Oops.

  3. […] back in August when I was excited for the upcoming announcement of a new Atelier game and then never said anything […]

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