Atelier (series)

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The Atelier series is a series of role-playing video games developed by the Gust Corporation since 1997, primarily for the PlayStation consoles (original, PS2, and PS3), though portable versions for the Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita have also been made. Two of the games in the series were ported to the Sega Saturn and Dreamcast. The series has been primarily released in Japan, though recent titles have been localized for other markets. The game series, based on the definition of "atelier" as an artist's workshop, is heavily based around the art of alchemy, requiring the player to find and collect items and combine them in recipes to create better items with which to progress further in the game. A manga adaptation by Yoshihiko Ochi has also been published.

Common elements[edit]

The Atelier series of games focuses around the use of alchemy. Players control the game's character, roaming the game world to collect objects to use in alchemy recipes to create new objects, including cooking ingredients, recovery items, tools, weapons, armor, and accessories. Synthesized objects are commonly required in order to create more powerful or potent objects through alchemy. Many of the games feature a method of transferring properties of one item from the recipe to the synthesized item. Recipes also often allow the substitution of items, which can either lend better properties to the final synthesized item, or can lead to the character thinking of a completely new recipe.

The games are generally centered around a turn-based combat system, in which the items made through alchemy come into play, either to boost the character's abilities, or for offensive, defensive, or support items.

The games' stories are typically light-hearted and humorous, often deriving conflict from a source other than an antagonist and the player ends up with a large group of characters to explore the world with. In most games of the series, the player has a limited in-game time to accomplish one or more main objectives and actions like gathering items, traveling or synthesizing spend a portion of that time. Failure to accomplish the game's main tasks in time may cause the game to end abruptly or lead to a bad end.

Games[edit]

There have been sixteen main games in the Atelier series which are subdivided into six sub-series. There are three games in the Salburg series, two games in Gramnad series, three games in the Iris series, two games in the Mana-Khemia series, three games in the Arland series and three games in the Dusk series.[1]

Name Series Platform Japanese Release Date North American Release Date European Release Date Australia Release Date
Atelier Marie ~The Alchemist of Salburg~ (マリーのアトリエ ~ザールブルグの錬金術士~ Marī no Atorie ~Zāruburugu no Renkinjutsushi~?) Salburg PlayStation 1997-05-23
Atelier Elie ~The Alchemist of Salburg 2~ (エリーのアトリエ ~ザールブルグの錬金術士2~ Erī no Atorie ~Zāruburugu no Renkinjutsushi 2~?) Salburg PlayStation 1998-12-17
Atelier Lilie ~The Alchemist of Salburg 3~ (リリーのアトリエ ~ザールブルグの錬金術士3~ Rirī no Atorie ~Zāruburugu no Renkinjutsushi 3~?) Salburg PlayStation 2 2001-06-21
Atelier Judie ~The Alchemist of Gramnad~ (ユーディーのアトリエ ~グラムナートの錬金術士~ Yūdī no Atorie ~Guramunāto no Renkinjutsushi~?) Gramnad PlayStation 2 2002-06-27
Atelier Violet ~The Alchemist of Gramnad 2~ (ヴィオラートのアトリエ ~グラムナートの錬金術士2~ Viorāto no Atorie ~Guramunāto no Renkinjutsushi 2~?) Gramnad PlayStation 2 2003-06-26
Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana (イリスのアトリエ エターナルマナ Irisu no Atorie Etānaru Mana?) Iris PlayStation 2 2004-05-27 2005-06-28 2006-03-17 2006-03-23
Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny (イリスのアトリエ エターナルマナ2 Irisu no Atorie Etānaru Mana 2?) Iris PlayStation 2 2005-05-26 2006-04-26 2006-09-29 2006-10-12
Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm (イリスのアトリエ グランファンタズム Irisu no Atorie Guran Fantazumu?) Iris PlayStation 2 2006-06-29 2007-05-29 2007-08-03 2006-07-26
Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis (マナケミア ~学園の錬金術士たち~ Mana Kemia ~Gakuen no Renkinjutsushi-tachi~?) Mana PlayStation 2 2007-06-21 2008-04-01 2009-03-27
Mana Khemia 2: Fall of Alchemy (マナケミア2 ~おちた学園と錬金術師たち~ Mana Kemia 2 ~Ochita Gakuen to Renkinjutsushi-tachi~?) Mana PlayStation 2 2008-05-29 2009-08-25
Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland (ロロナのアトリエ ~アーランドの錬金術士~ Rorona no Atorie ~Ārando no Renkinjutsushi~?) Arland PlayStation 3 2009-06-25 2010-09-28 2010-10-22 2010-10-28
Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland (トトリのアトリエ ~アーランドの錬金術士 2~ Totori no Atorie ~Ārando no Renkinjutsushi 2~?) Arland PlayStation 3 2010-06-24 2011-09-27 2011-09-30 2011-10-06
Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland (メルルのアトリエ ~アーランドの錬金術士 3~ Meruru no Atorie ~Ārando no Renkinjutsushi 3~?) Arland PlayStation 3 2011-06-23 2012-05-29 2012-05-25 2012-05-31
Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk (アーシャのアトリエ ~黄昏の大地の錬金術士~ Asha no Atorie ~Tasogare no Daichi no Renkinjutsushi~?) Dusk PlayStation 3 2012-06-28 2013-03-05 2013-03-08 2013-03-07
Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky (エスカ&ロジーのアトリエ~黄昏の空の錬金術士~ Esuka & Rojii no Atorie ~Tasogare no Sora no Renkinjutsushi~?) Dusk PlayStation 3 2013-06-27 2014-03-11 2014-03-07 2014-03-06
Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea (シャリーのアトリエ〜黄昏の海の錬金術士〜 Shari no Atorie ~Tasogare no Umi no Renkinjutsushi~?) Dusk PlayStation 3 2014-07-17 2015-03-10 2015-03-13 TBA

Side games[edit]

In addition to the main games, several side games have been released.

Name Series Platform Japan
Release Date
North America
Release Date
European -
Australian
Release Date
Marie & Elie ~Atelier Pair~ (マリー&エリー 〜ふたりのアトリエ〜 Marī & Erī ~Futari no Atorie~?) Salburg WonderSwan Color 2001-10-25
Hermina and Culus ~Atelier Lilie Another Story~ (ヘルミーナとクルス 〜リリーのアトリエ もう一つの物語〜 Herumīna to Kurusu ~Rirī no Atorie Mou Hitotsu no Monogatari~?) Salburg PlayStation 2 2001-12-20
Atelier Marie, Elie & Anis ~Message on the Gentle Breeze~ (マリー、エリー&アニスのアトリエ 〜そよ風からの伝言〜 Marī, Erī & Anisu no Atori ~Soyokaze kara no Dengon~?) Salburg Game Boy Advance 2003-01-24
Atelier Lise ~The Alchemist of Orde~ (リーズのアトリエ 〜オルドールの錬金術士〜 Rīzū no Atorie ~Orudōru no Renkinjutsushi~?) Nintendo DS 2007-04-19
Atelier Annie: Alchemists of Sera Island (アニーのアトリエ ~セラ島の錬金術士~ Anī no Atorie ~Sera-tou no Renkinjutsushi~?) Nintendo DS 2009-03-12 2009-10-27 [2]
Atelier Lina ~The Alchemist of Strahl~ (リーナのアトリエ 〜シュトラールの錬金術士〜 Rīna no Atorie ~Shutoraru no Renkinjutsushi~?) Nintendo DS 2009-12-22
Atelier Elkrone: Dear for Otomate (エルクローネのアトリエ ~Dear for Otomate~ Erukurōne no Atorie ~Dear for Otomate~?)[3] PlayStation Portable 2012-04-12
Atelier Questboard (アトリエ クエストボード?)[4] iOS, Android (operating system) 2014-10-17

Remakes and ports[edit]

Several of the series' titles were remade or ported, mostly for portable devices.

Name Series Platform Japanese Release Date North American Release Date European Release Date Australia Release Date
Atelier Marie Plus ~The Alchemist of Salburg~ (マリーのアトリエPlus ~ザールブルグの錬金術士~ Marī no Atorie Plus ~Zāruburugu no Renkinjutsushi~?) Salburg PlayStation 1998-06-04
Marie to Elie Atelier (エリーのアトリエにマリー Erī no Atorie & Marī?) Salburg Dreamcast 2001-11-15
Atelier Lilie Plus (リリーのアトリエPLUS~ザールブルグの錬金術士3~?) [5] Salburg PlayStation 2 2002-04-04
Marie + Elie Atelier (エリーのアトリエにマリー Erī no Atorie + Marī?) Salburg PlayStation 2 2005-10-27
Mana Khemia: Student Alliance (マナケミア 〜学園の錬金術士たち〜PORTABLE+ Mana-Khemia Gakuen no Renkinjutsushi-tachi Plus?) Mana Khemia PlayStation Portable 2008-09-25 2009-03-10 2009-03-27
Mana Khemia 2: Fall of Alchemy PORTABLE+ (マナケミア2 〜おちた学園と錬金術士たち〜PORTABLE+ Mana Khemia 2 Ochita Gakuen to Renkinjutsushi-tachi Portable Plus?) Mana Khemia PlayStation Portable 2009-10-01
Atelier Judie ~The Alchemist of Gramnad~ Imprisoned Guardian (ユーディーのアトリエ~グラムナートの錬金術士~囚われの守り人 Yūdī no Atorie ~Guramunāto no Renkinjutsushi~ Toraware no Morito?) Gramnad PlayStation Portable 2010-04-08
Atelier Violet ~The Alchemist of Gramnad 2~ The Memories of Ultramarine (ヴィオラートのアトリエ~グラムナートの錬金術士2~群青の思い出 Viora-to no Atorie ~Guramunāto no Renkinjutsushi 2~ Gunjou no Omoide?) Gramnad PlayStation Portable 2011-02-03
Atelier Totori Plus: The Adventurer of Arland (トトリのアトリエ Plus 〜アーランドの錬金術士 2〜 Totori no Atorie Plus ~Ārando no Renkinjutsushi 2~?)[6] Arland PlayStation Vita 2012-11-29 2013-03-19 2013-03-20 2013-03-20
Atelier Meruru Plus: The Apprentice of Arland (メルルのアトリエ Plus ~アーランドの錬金術士 3~ Meruru no Atorie Plus ~Ārando no Renkinjutsushi 3~?) Arland PlayStation Vita 2013-03-20 2013-09-03 2013-09-04 2013-09-04
Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland (新・ロロナのアトリエ はじまりの物語〜アーランドの錬金術士〜 Shin Rorona no Atelier: Hajimari no Monogatari ~Ārando no Renkinjutsushi~?) Arland PlayStation Vita & PlayStation 3 2013-11-21 2014-06-24 2014-06-20 2014-06-19
Atelier Ayesha Plus: The Alchemist of Dusk (アーシャのアトリエ Plus ~黄昏の大地の錬金術士~ Asha no Atorie Plus ~Tasogare no Daichi no Renkinjutsushi~?) Dusk PlayStation Vita 2014-03-27 2015-01-13 2015-01-13
Atelier Escha & Logy Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky (エスカ&ロジーのアトリエ Plus ~黄昏の空の錬金術士~ Esuka & Rojī no Atorie Plus ~Tasogare no Sora no Renkinjutsushi~?) Dusk PlayStation Vita 2015-01-22

Other[edit]

  • Marie from Atelier Marie ~The Alchemist of Salburg joins many other out of game characters in 2008's Cross Edge.
  • Violet from Atelier Violet ~The Alchemist of Gramnad 2 appears in the 2009 company-collaboration RPG, Trinity Universe released in the United States by Nippon Ichi Software of America (NISA).
  • Company-collaborative 2010 RPG Hyperdimension Neptunia's in-game character Gust displays Atelier characters in numerous special attacks in the game. Gust also has a costume that directly resembles a costume from Atelier. She also has a hobby of making items out of strange ingredients, a play on the Atelier series' focus on alchemy.

Manga adaptation[edit]

Atelier Marie and Elie - The Alchemist of Salburg (マリーとエリーのアトリエ ザールブルグの錬金術士?) by Yoshihiko Ochi is a five volume manga adaptation first published in Japan by Enterbrain,[7][8] published in German by Egmont,[9][10] published in French by Ki-oon,[11][12] and four of the volumes were published in English by Tokyopop.[13][14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2014-03-16, Atelier ‘Dusk’ sub-series third entry announced, Gematsu
  2. ^ Atelier Annie: Alchemists of Sera Island Official Website
  3. ^ エルクローネのアトリエ (in Japanese). Otomate. Retrieved 2012-12-25. 
  4. ^ "アトリエキャラたちと繰り広げるボード上の大冒険!iOS/Android「アトリエ クエストボード」が配信スタート|Gamer" (in Japanese). Gamer. Retrieved 2014-11-08. 
  5. ^ "リリーのアトリエ プラス|Gust" (in Japanese). Gust. Retrieved 2014-11-08. 
  6. ^ 28 August 2012, PS Vita Atelier Totori Revealed in This Week's Dengeki PlayStation, Andriasang
  7. ^ マリーとエリーのアトリエザールブルグの錬金術士1. Enterbrain (in Japanese). Retrieved 9 January 2012.  Query Wayback Bibalex Wayback WebCite Wikiwix
  8. ^ マリーとエリーのアトリエ ザールブルグの錬金術士 5巻. Enterbrain (in Japanese). Retrieved 9 January 2012.  Query Wayback Bibalex Wayback WebCite Wikiwix
  9. ^ "Marie & Elie Bände [1]". Manganet.de (in German). Egmont. Archived from the original on 21 November 2003. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "Marie & Elie Bände [5]". Manganet.de (in German). Egmont. Archived from the original on 16 September 2003. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  11. ^ "Marie et Elie Alchimistes de Salburg vol. 1". Ki-oon (in French). Archived from the original on 7 February 2007. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  12. ^ "Marie et Elie Alchimistes de Salburg vol. 5". Ki-oon (in French). Archived from the original on 8 February 2007. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  13. ^ "Atelier Marie and Elie -Zarlburg Alchemist- Volume 1". Tokyopop. Archived from the original on 5 July 2010. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  14. ^ "Atelier Marie and Elie -Zarlburg Alchemist- Volume 4". Tokyopop. Archived from the original on 8 July 2010. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 

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