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With the exception of Mana Khemia 2: Fall of Alchemy, I have every single North American released PlayStation platform Atelier game for the PS2 to the current PS4 including the VITA/PSTV versions in some form or fashion.  But that's the problem that it's in some form or fashion.  I'm sure you Atelier fans can agree that these games are NOT cheap.  The Limited Editions are always nice, but costly.  And when these titles go out of print, the prices skyrocket on the gray market.  It seems fairly common place now to have a vanilla (original) version of an Atelier title then later to be re-released as a "Plus" version.  Then later, again, releasing a "DX" (Deluxe) version of that same title.  What the hell??? Does Gust or Tecmo/Koei or whoever expects us to triple dip each time an Atelier title comes out?

So Atelier fans, are you afraid to start/purchase a vanilla version of an Atelier title, knowing in the back of your mind that there is a high probability of a Plus and/or DX version somewhere down the pipeline?  Do you chance paying for that vanilla version, chancing the release of that possible Plus or DX version?  Or do you chance missing out on an Atelier title by not buying the vanilla version in hopes that a Plus or DX version will be released?  Get my drift?

Do I overthink these things?  Yeah.  It's just who I am.  So I'm going to start playing Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout PS4.  But I was wonder if I should move on to another turned based JRPG for the time being so I don't "waste" my time playing the vanilla version in case a Plus/DX version gets released in the near future.  Kinda like Persona 5 Royal: Phantom Thieves was released after the original Persona 5.

Don't you just love first world problems?

Last edited by LivingMetal - on 04 May 2020