Koei Tecmo has revealed today that the latest game in the Atelier series, Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings, is launching on March 27 in North America and March 30 in Europe. The game will be released on PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. This seems to confirm that the PSVita version will remain exclusive to Japan, where the game launches next month. Pre-orders from retailers and digital stores will include some bonus content like costumes inspired on Marie and Erie, the protagonists of the first games of the series, as a way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the franchise. Players will also receive rare items and music themes.
The new entry introduces an interesting approach to representing its fictional world, with the protagonists jumping from one magical painting to another in order to visit different locations, instead of exploring a vast world like previously in the series.
Here is the official synopsis by Koei Tecmo: “While working with their father to make their atelier the best in town, the outgoing twins surprisingly discover colorful worlds by jumping into magical paintings and soon find that the mysterious paintings hold the residual thoughts of their deceased mother. Traveling through different paintings reveals vivid worlds for the twins – from the light tones of the ethereal ‘Heavenly Flower Garden’, with the falling rain of stars, to the gloomy hues of the not so delightful Halloween-inspired ‘The Spooky Forest’.”
Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings launches for PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC on March 27 in North America and March 30 in Europe.