Today Koei Tecmo made an announcement that will make fans of the Atelier series quite happy. Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New World is coming west.
As usual, the game will lose its PS Vita release, which will come only to Japan, and will get an additional platform, launching in the west for PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
We don’t have a release date just yet, but it will be a winter release.
If you’re unfamiliar with the game (which means you haven’t paid attention in the past few weeks, naughty, naughty), here is an official description straight from the press release.
“Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New World puts players in the shoes of Nelke von Lestamm, a young noblewoman who has always been fascinated by the ancient legend of the Sage of Granzweit; a tale of the Granzweit Tree which is said to bestow great power upon those whom discover it. As she grew up and learned her skills were not in alchemy, she studied hard to become a government official and help those around her. The day Nelke is set to graduate the academy, however, her life changes forever as she hears a rumour that the tree can be found within her father’s lands near the small village of Westwald. Her father grants her permission to search for it on one condition – that she becomes governor of the area and develops Westwald into a prosperous city.
As players work hard to build Westwald up from a quaint village to a flourishing city, they will require the aid of the many alchemists that settle in the town. Nelke and the Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New World features famous alchemists from previous entries across the Atelier series, including those from the Salburg, Arland, Dusk, and Mysterious trilogies.”
The announcement included a batch of screenshots and key artwork, which you can enjoy in the gallery below. If you want to see more, you can enjoy more screenshots from this morning, the previous gallery, the batch of images that came before, and the first one.
While I have no doubts that this announcement would eventually come, it’s much earlier than I expected (I thought it’d come at Tokyo Game Show). Looks like Koei Tecmo is getting quicker, which is a pleasure to see.