It appears that NIS America has decided to continue their releases of the Atelier series by bringing Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland to North America and Europe next year in the spring of 2012. This follows last years release of Atelier Rorona and the release of Atelier Totori a couple months back. This also is quite a fast localization by NIS America which is very impressive.
In Atelier Meruru, players will be playing as Meruru, who is the apprentice of Totori the main character from Atelier Totori. As you can see in the screenshots below Totori has matured a little bit and is a party character, including Rorona though she isn’t quite how she used to be. Now Meruru will be taking place in the Country of Arls and will feature a world building system such as you see below, by building a fortress and other buildings over time. Check out the beautiful looking screens below, although they are currently all still in Japanese.