The first glimpse at upcoming moechemy RPG Atelier Escha & Logy reveals heroine Escha Malier to be every bit as cute as her forbears, and also boasting rather more bishonen than previous titles in the form of the tongue-twistingly hot Logix Ficsario.
The developers admit their twin protagonist system is actually intended as much as a RPG market landgrab as it is an excuse to service female fans – they say playing the “slice-of-life” Escha scenario is intended for traditionalist fans who prefer their heroines mastering the intricacies of making bread in a cauldron and cutely venturing forth only to bop threatening fruit hamsters.
Meanwhile Logy’s saga focuses on a “world depicting scenario” intended for general RPG gamers and laden with weighty plot and events. Fiery battles and sharp dressing also appear to feature heavily.
Whether the developers of a carefully nurtured niche franchise can actually pull off a deliberate expansion into what sound distinctly like action RPG territory does not seem to concern many fans however, as the game as gorgeous as ever.
Atelier Escha & Logy is due in July.