Being an alchemist is as simple as putting “things in the cauldron and twirly twirly while saying ‘guru guru’” - at least, according to the Atelier series. Since the very first title in the franchise popped up in 1997, the beloved IP has been honing the brightest alchemists around the world with quirky casts of characters and engaging synthesis systems.
And now Koei Tecmo and Boltrend Games have just brought the ever evolving JRPG to mobile with the release of Atelier Online: Alchemist of Bressisle - but what exactly is in store for players with this charming new title?
Nostalgia galore as fan-fave characters returnWhile newbie adventurers can find endless joys to discover in the game, loyal fans of the franchise will be delighted to know that fan-favourite characters will be making a comeback every now and then in brand new stories.
For instance, Rorona - the most popular character from the Closed Beta Test - will have two different versions for players to encounter. They can interact with a younger Rorona from the Atelier Rorona title, or the more mature top-class alchemist from the Atelier Lulua title.
Endearing characters and magical worldsSet in an enchanted world of an unknown age, Atelier Online: Alchemist of Bressisle follows the tale of the young protagonist on their road to becoming the best alchemist in the land. As an apprentice of alchemy at the Royal Academy of Sciences, they’ll have to learn all of the secrets of the ancient art whilst befriending memorable characters along the way.
Of course, while Bressisle Island can be a sanctuary of sorts with its azure seas and lush greenery, it’s also home to malevolent forces and elements that appear based on time and weather. Players can fight through monsters during exploration with up to three friends in the online co-op mode to make things even more social.
Exciting collection quests to synthesize the best gearAs wonderful as exploring on your own and meeting colourful townsfolk can be, the main focus of the Atelier series has always been alchemy - and with Atelier Online, there’s no shortage of that same exhilarating appeal.
As expected of the beloved franchise, players can go on exciting hunts to gather materials needed for synthesis. You’ll have to find and combine all sorts of interesting trinkets based on recipes to create enhanced items and gear to help you on your journey through Bressile Island, from plain ol’ Bread to Legendary Totori’s Clothes.