As part of Tokushima city’s Machi Asobi vol.10 event (from May 3 to 5), yesterday JRPG developer Gust hosted a special talk show where they revealed the silhouette of a new central character in their forthcoming PS3 title Atelier Escha & Logy, as well as a new trailer that explains why lead character Escha’s “shippo” (animal tail) accessory is able to move on its own.
The silhouette you see in the image above belongs to the new character in question, who will be voiced by Kana Akutsu. At the moment Gust is not ready to reveal specifics on the new character – things like what her personality is like, or which part of the game would player meet her at. For those details you’ll have to wait to read about it in Japanese game magazines sometime in June (which is awfully close to the June 27 release date for the game in Japan).
Voice actress Kana Akutsu was present at the event, and although she was not allowed to touch on character specifics, she did comment that the new character is pretty cute, and that the character type is one that she’s never played before in all of her voice roles.
As a result of that, after the folks at Gust got her to record the dubs for all of the character’s scenes in the game, she was asked to re-record the very first scene. Judging from what she said, Famitsu is speculating (oh, they probably know for sure) that the new character has a pretty important role in the game’s story.
Apart from the character silhouette, Gust also showed off a new gameplay video that includes an event scene explaining the origins of the animal tail clothing accessory that heroine Escha always wears on her.
Apprently, the tail accessory was made by Escha’s mother, and is somehow able to move on its own. The inner workings of the accessory (as in, how it was made) are kept a secret from Escha herself.
Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky for the PlayStation 3 is set for release in Japan June 27, 2013.