Koei Tecmo announced the latest game in the long running Atelier series has an official release date. You will be able to start gathering resources and combining items in Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New World on March 26, 2019.
Nelke von Lestamm is trying to build the city of Westwald from a quiet village to a more bustling metropolis. It’s not an easy job, and it will require money and materials. Fortunately, she is an entrepreneur and can use some of her earnings to support her goals. She doesn’t know much about alchemy yet, so she will need to rely on other alchemists to help gather and synthesize new and more powerful items. With multiple alchemists, you will need to pick the best one for what you are trying to accomplish. Your efforts will summarized in a weekly report, so you can see what you have completed and how best to spend your time.
Even though the story and premise is different, some of the same core mechanics return. You will need to explore, collect, and fight monsters. The anime art style and voices also make a return. If I had to guess, the story will be extremely sweet and cute, and it will not push too much drama for lighter RPG fare.
That doesn’t mean it’s a walk in the park. As I discovered when I played Mysterious Paintings, the series builds in challenge, and you will need to work for the best items. There is also a deceptively complex strategy element in the alchemy process that can keep you changing your materials around to create the perfect item. This isn’t a series you should judge by it’s simple looking cover.
Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New World will be available at retail or digital on March 26th.
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