I’ve made no secret of my love for the Atelier series. The next entry, Nelke and the Legendary Alchemists, is slated to hit the Nintendo Switch on North American shores in the Winter. Much like another favorite series of mine, Fire Emblem, they decided to take an approach involving the past of the Atelier series. With Nelke, it’s a bit more heavy-handed than with Awakening as the game has you utilizing a swarm of the series’ protagonists to proceed through the plot.
As a quick plot rundown (and here is the obvious spoiler warning in case you want to play the game and go in completely blind for your enjoyment), you play as Nelke von Lestamm, a government official in training who has shown no talent for alchemy, despite her appreciation of it. She has grown up with a fascination regarding a legendary tree that can grant power and wishes to those who discover it. Of course shortly after she is set to graduate from her academy, she hears that the tree is rumored to be within her father’s lands. As she sets her sights on finding the tree, her father agrees to help her so long as she takes over a nearby town as its governor. With the task of helping the town flourish, she cooperates with the many alchemists who are drawn to her new city to find the mysterious tree and learn the mysteries surrounding it.
At the Tokyo Game Show, a new trailer was shown which appeared to be an opening movie for the game (or at the very least, an entertaining promotional piece). While there was a separate gameplay trailer, I wanted to do a quick breakdown on some of the titles that would be involved and some of the observations I made while looking through a few times.
So you can check it out yourself, here’s the trailer:
This will mostly involve references back to the old games and some conclusions I’ve come to through some quick peripheral research. Hopefully, this is pretty accurate and up to date, but with more information coming along every few days, it will be interesting to see what’s released before the game arrives!