Atelier Online ~ Alchemists of Brasier is a brand new MMORPG based on the GUST Corporation franchise recently released for smartphones in Japan. Keeping true to the Atelier series in many ways while also adding new functionality such as letting you play with other alchemists online who are also pursuing their own adventure. Even while being a massively online game though, Alchemists of Brasier still maintains the series’ tradition of being heavily story-focused.
Nelke and the Legendary Alchemists: Atelier of a New Land is the next entry in the Atelier series from Gust and will feature, for the first time, a girl who cannot use alchemy as its protagonist. Nelke von Luchetam is an ace scholar of noble descent and inherits lordship of a village called Vestbalt. Lady von Luchetam desires to provide for her people through hard work and learning how to utilize an ancient, untouched artifact called the Grantzvite Tree which will allow her to build Vestbalt into a thriving, beautiful city from its humble beginnings.
Among her quest Nelke will be accompanied by a fully nostalgic and star-studded cast of characters from across the various Atelier games including Rorona (young version), Marie, Meruru, Sophie, Vio, Klein, Vayne, and many more. There’s even a silhouette sheet of the cast hinting that we might see Firis, Totori, Lotte, Elie, Escha, Logy, Stella, and Lilie. These legendary alchemists will come to the aid of young Nelke as she comes into power with her peaceful quest that is sure to have its fair share of unexpected dangers and challenges. Players will learn more about the characters from the Atelier franchise as Nelke’s friendship with each grows. There will also be new characters. Players can earn money through the creation of a local economy of ateliers and shops, among other things, as they develop Vestbalt the way that they see fit.
Atelier Lydie & Suelle ~ The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings is the third and title in the ‘Mysterious’ sub-series of the Atelier games franchise. If you don’t know, Atelier is a long-running turn-based RPG franchise from development studio GUST who has celebrated their 20th anniversary release with this installment. Atelier is a french word which originates from the art community and involves a private studio / workshop in which students and mentors from the community work together to produce fine art under the direction of a visual arts master.
In this series, an Atelier is a workshop in which alchemy is performed for the benefit of the community and profiteering as well as philanthropy of its owner. Each installment of the game series revolves around a different style of objectives and will focus on one or two main characters’ journey throughout the world. Recurring themes include the pursuit of high level alchemy skills, proficiency in battle, and having a positive impact on the betterment of a surrounding community. At times players will even seek justice for an event that puts the world at peril, but these threats aren’t as dark or dominant as in other role playing games, as the series is fun-loving in nature.
The latest alchemy role playing game from development studio Gust recently received its first patch in North America. This 1.01 patch adds significant gameplay upgrades to the existing base game which we found to be very fun and addictive in our Launch Week Impressions of the PlayStation 4 Pro edition.
Update 1.01, which released in Japan some time back, adds in 3 new skills for each playable character, increases boss fight levels from 100 to 200, and most importantly allows players to level up to 100 instead of just 50 as most previous titles restricted the game to.
While some of the other features in future patches of the Japanese version of this game were already included in the title at launch, such as background music from past Atelier games, there is still expected to be more forthcoming content both for free and paid in regards to the game’s DLC path.
This is including, but not limited to; even more nostalgic music from the franchise, additional boss fights such as Sophie, Nights of Azure 2 crossover content, high end recipes, more exploration equipment, adding rare items to the game, a special merchant, more playable characters such as Lucia, more outfits including swimsuits, a secret recipe book containing various elements from past Atelier games, quests that can be used to grind/farm large amounts of XP or Coll, and more.
There’s even special events for characters, new areas, and powerful trinkets. Publishing house Koei Tecmo and development studio Gust have done a fantastic job of bringing over this localized version of the game to North America. And, even though there is no Japanese dubbed version of the game, fans can rest assured that the Japanese voice acting has been paired with decent Japanese subtitles.
Our full review is still on the way, as the game itself contains dozens upon dozens of hours of storyline content, side-quest content, and a generally open challenge for creating the best and most efficient alchemy recipes. Mysterious Paintings is a game that keeps on giving and is available now on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation Vita, and Windows PC (via Steam).
This year’s Atelier is the addictive and enjoyable experience RPG fans need to play. Charming environments with a familiar atmosphere and interesting gameplay mechanics that evolve at just the right pace remove any desire to put Atelier Lydie & Suelle ~ The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings down. With Nintendo Switch, PlayStation Vita, PS4, and PC versions now available worldwide, there’s no excuse to miss out on this enthralling combination of classic turn-based battles, story-driven adventure, good old fashioned loot collecting, prestige-driven questing, equipment crafting, mini-games like fishing, and of course, alchemy.
The highly sought after Atelier franchise from Gust receives a video for a new project titled “Project A15” which we now know to be the next Atelier Game. View the video featured below for this title featuring voice actor Rie Murakawa. The following video has been released at Dengeki Game Festival: