1997 was a long time ago. I was in the sixth and seventh grade at the time. The Backstreet Boys ruled my life (okay, some things never change). So many good movies were released, including Titanic and The Full Monty (the latter being the best, of course). As far as games go, GoldenEye 007 was extremely popular (again, some things never change)… but then there was Atelier Marie: The Alchemist of Salburg. It was the beginning of the overall Atelier series, and it was also never released outside of Japan. Until now! Enter Atelier Marie Remake: The Alchemist of Salburg.
The game is described as a carefree, cozy RPG adventure. Marie is studying at the Royal Academy of Magic, and failing as her attempts to learn alchemy. One day, as part of a special graduation exam, she is given an atelier; she must complete an item to impress her professor. First, though, she’ll need to improve her alchemy skills, collect ingredients, and earn money to hire help and buy recipes/utensils. She’ll have to undertake synthesis, battles, and quests. Basically, there’s a whole lot to do before her exam will be complete.
The Remake version of the game features update graphics with revamped character design and illustrations, and added 2D animations. There are now 3D models of characters and stages, making the map a delight. The developers have maintained the simplicity and flexibility of the original version, while expanding upon the tutorial and navigation. There is a new Unlimited Mode, which allows the player to experience the game at a relaxed pace, and new events that enable interactions with new characters.
In Japan, physical editions of the game include a standard edition, a Premium Box, and a Special Collection Box. Digitally, there’s a standard edition and a Digital Deluxe Edition. The Premium Box includes the game, art book, clear card set, and a soundtrack CD. The Special Collection Box includes the game, the Premium Box items, B2 tapestry, special data book, acrylic diorama stands, and a set of 20 clear bookmarks. The Digital Deluxe Edition includes a copy of the game, 33 costumes, a music pack, and the original PlayStation title. Digital pre-orders include a “Useful Items” set. It’s reasonable to expect something similar for the worldwide release, perhaps with tweaks to the special editions and pre-order bonus.
Developed by Gust and published by Koei Tecmo, Atelier Marie Remake: The Alchemist of Salburg will be released for PC via Steam, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch on July 13 worldwide. That’s right: two Atelier games mere months apart (the other being Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & the Secret Key)!
Edit: February 22
Koei Tecmo has confirmed that the worldwide launch for the game will be exclusively digital. A digital deluxe version will include the base game, the original full game, an extra BGM pack, and a costume set. Here is the English-language (AKA subtitled) trailer: