Atelier Community Thread: Punis, Barrels, and Alchemy! Oh my!

Oct 25, 2017

Welcome to our Atelier Reset Era Community Thread! This thread is for general discussion about the Atelier series from GUST Co. / Koei-Tecmo Co. Ltd. A series spanning over 15 games and several spinoffs dating back to the PlayStation days, the Atelier series gameplay centers around item creation. Many of the game also have a heavy time-management component where actions take a certain number of days and feature assignment deadlines ranging from days to years. Feel free to discuss all games from the series, new and old! We welcome all new-comers to the series and will happily guide you through your journey into the (mostly) Puni-filled worlds of the Atelier series. :)

Most of the information for the games is taken from the best and most awesome Atelier fansite ever. Visit The Puni Cove at :) Additionally much information comes from the Atelier Wiki found here

Mainline "Project A##" games

Atelier Marie ~Alchemist of Salburg~

マリーのアトリエ ~ザールブルグの錬金術土~

Artist: Kohime Ohse

Atelier Marie is the game that launched the Atelier series back in 1997. It is also the first of three parts in the Alchemist of Salbug series. You play as Marlone, or Marie, a student at the Magic Academy with the worst grades on record. Your objective in Atelier Marie is to make an item in five years that will impress your professor, Ingrid. The game featured a number of endings, one of which was not available in the original PS1 release. Although initially released on the PlayStation, Atelier Marie had other releases on the Sega Saturn and PC. Later, it was paired together with Atelier Elie on the Dreamcast and PlayStation 2. Atelier Marie was only released in Japan.

Release Dates

May 23, 1997 JP (PS1) | December 11, 1997 JP (SAT) | June 4, 1998 JP (Plus)

April 28, 2000 JP (PC)

Atelier Elie ~Alchemist of Salburg 2~

エリーのアトリエ~ザールブルグの錬金術土 2~

Artist: Isaemon Yamagata

The second game in the Atelier series, released on the PS1 in 1998. Atelier Elie is also the second part of the Salburg story. In this, you play as Elfir, or Elie, as she becomes an alchemist at the Salburg Magic Academy. The goal of Atelier Elie is to save Elie’s hometown from an epidemic, which you have five years to do. Like Atelier Marie, this game had a number of different endings that you could obtain, decided upon your actions in the game. Atelier Elie was only released in Japan on the PlayStation and PC. Later, it was released with Atelier Marie on the Sega Dreamcast and PlayStation 2.

Release Dates

December 17, 1998 JP (PS1) | April 28, 2000 JP (PC)

Atelier Lilie ~Alchemist of Salburg 3~

リリーのアトリエ ~ザールブルグの錬金術土 3~

Artist: Isaemon Yamagata

Atelier Lilie is the third game in the series, as well as the third part of the Salburg series. Despite that, this game is a prequel to Marie and Elie. You play as Lilie, a young alchemist living Salburg during it’s earlier years. Some characters from Marie and Elie are in this installment, but they are all at least twenty years younger. Atelier Lilie was only released in Japan on the PlayStation 2.

Release Dates

June 21, 2001 JP| April 4, 2002 JP (Plus)

Atelier Judie ~Alchemist of Gramnad~

ユーディーのアトリエ ~グレムナートの錬金術土~

Artist: Jun Futaba

In a village, there is an alchemist called Judith living together with her parrot. One day, an adventurer requests her to create an “Hourglass of the Dragon” – an item with the power to travel in time. While synthesizing it, a piece of Judith’s hair fell down into the cauldron and Judith suddenly finds herself 200 years into the future.

Release Dates

June 27, 2002 JP | August 7, 2003 JP (Best) | April 4, 2010 JP (PSP)

Atelier Violet ~Alchemist of Gramnad 2~

ヴィオラートのアトリエ ~グレムナートの錬金術土 2~

Artist: Jun Futaba

Atelier Violet, [strike]sometimes known as Atelier Viorate,[/strike] is the fifth Atelier game and was the last of the traditional-styled ones to be released on the PS2. It follows the story of the young alchemist, Violet, and her brother in the village of Karotte, where they maintain their own shop and help further develop their small village.

Release Dates

June 26, 2003 JP | July 8, 2004 JP (Best) | February 3, 2011 JP (PSP)

Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana

イリスのアトリエ ~エターナル マナ~

Artist: Jun Futaba

Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana, known as Project A6, marks the first time GUST moved the Atelier series into a different kind of play style, focusing more on the adventure and the world, rather than alchemy itself. Klein Kiesling, a young alchemist lives in a world known as Regallzine where an ancient city of alchemists, Avenberry has fallen. Many adventurers and alchemists seek to explore the city of Avenberry to learn more about Iris, an alchemist that lived before the fall of Avenberry. Regallzine is host to many Mana, beings that can harvest elements in objects to assist alchemists in synthesizing items. Klein’s adventure begins when he meets a girl, Lita, in a forest and winds up on a long-winded adventure to discover the secrets behind the fall of Avenberry, as well as Lita’s past.

Atelier Iris also marks the first western release of an Atelier game.

Release Dates

May 27, 2004 JP | June 25, 2005 NA | August 4, 2005 JP (Best)

March 17, 2006 EU

Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny

イリスのアトリエ ~エタナール マナ 2~

Artist: Jun Futaba

The direct prequel of Eternal Mana, known as Project A7, is the second title in the Atelier Iris subseries. Felt and Viese Blanchimont are alchemists that live in the floating continent of Eden. Felt has always been more interested in adventure and the world outside of Eden, than in alchemy. Meanwhile, Viese takes studying alchemy quite seriously, and is doing her best to make friends with various Mana in order to improve her skills. One day, Felt finds a mysterious talking sword known as the Azure Azoth, who asks Felt to travel to another world to figure out why earthquakes are suddenly occurring on Eden. Viese stays behind to help Felt with her alchemy, and eventually comes across a mysterious little girl named Iris…

Release Dates

May 26, 2005 JP | April 25, 2006 NA | September 21, 2006 JP (Best)

September 29, 2006 EU

Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm

イリスのアトリエ: グレンファンタズム

Artist: Jun Futaba

Atelier Iris 3, known as project A8, takes place in a completely different setting and continuity than its predecessors. Edge Vanhite and his childhood friend, Iris Fortner, are Raiders in the city of Zey Muruze. Raiders are adventurers that take jobs commissioned by the Raider’s Guild in order to explore the Alterworlds around the town, as well as to help citizens. One day Iris, who is an alchemist, finds the Wizard’s Libram of Escalario, of which is said that if one finds all the different parts of it, then any wish could be granted. Iris decides to follow through with this legend in excitement and does not realize the fate that bringing the Escalario together would bring her.

Release Dates

May 27, 2004 JP| June 25, 2005 NA | August 4, 2005 JP (Best)

March 17, 2006 EU

Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis

マナケミア ~学園の錬金術士たち~

Artist: Kazuyuki Yoshizumi

Mana-Khemia, known as Project A9, is set in the alchemy academy called Al-Revis. The story revolves around an orphaned boy named Vayne Aurelius who lives alone with his cat, Sulpher. Vayne’s father, Theofratus, was quite possibly one of the most famous and well-known alchemists in the world. One day, he gets an invitation to attend Al-Revis and ends up accepting it, opting to spend the next three years learning about alchemy. Along the way, Vayne ends up being forced into an Atelier on campus by an upperclassman and ends up making many close friends. The game takes many elements from the Iris trilogy and refines it, as well as somewhat easing the Atelier series back into it’s more traditional roots.

Release Dates

June 21, 2007 JP | April 1, 2008 NA | March 27, 2009 EU

September 25, 2008 JP (PSP) | March 10, 2009 NA (PSP) | March 27, 2009 EU (PSP)

Mana Khemia 2: Fall of Alchemy

マナケミア2 〜おちた学園と錬金術士たち〜

Artist: Kazuyuki Yoshizumi

Mana-Khemia 2 returns to Al-Revis, but this time, Al-Revis is no longer floating in the sky. The story revolves around two main characters this time around. Razeluxe Meitzen, a boy who was forced to attend Al-Revis by his employer whom he’s served since childhood, winds up meeting a strange man who deems him a potential rival. Ulrika Mulberry, a simple country girl who one day receives a Mana egg from a mysterious old man, attends Al-Revis in hopes of becoming a great alchemist. Both of the stories are significantly different, but wind up tying together at certain points of the story.

Release Dates

May 29, 2008 JP | August 25, 2009 NA | October 1, 2009 JP (PSP)

Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland

ロロナのアトリエ ~アーランドの錬金術土~

Artist: Mel Kishida

Atelier Rorona, also known as Project A11, returns the mainline Atelier series to its traditional roots of alchemy. The Kingdom of Arland’s government decides one day that alchemy would no longer be needed, and forces the Atelier our protagonist, Rorona works in, into a three year cycle of assignments to prove that alchemy can still be useful in times where technology is slowly rising, and abundant. Astrid, Rorona’s unreliable master, ends up making her student take up the mantle of saving the workshop. If Rorona fails, she and her master will be forced to leave town, never to return.

Release Dates

June 25, 2009 JP | September 28, 2010 NA | October 22, 2010 EU

Atelier Rorona Plus

New to Atelier Rorona Plus:

Improved 3D character models
New field map modeling
New chapters featuring Totori and Meruru
More playable characters, maps, bosses, costumes etc.
Improved synthesis system and new Assignment system
Item crafting has been expanded
New battle system with advanced features
Bury items and unearth them in Atelier Meruru Plus/Totori Plus
Over 30 endings affected by player decisions
Save data shared between PS3 and PSV

Release Dates

November 21, 2013 JP | June 24, 2014 NA | June 20, 2014 EU

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~

Artist: Mel Kishida

Project A12, and the direct sequel to Atelier Rorona, focuses on a young alchemist named Totooria Helmold who lives in a small fishing town called Alanya. The Kingdom of Arland is now the Republic of Arland, and Adventurers are now a full time job for the government. Totori’s mother was one of those adventurers, and was quite famous and well known. However, she has been missing for quite some time now, and Totori resolves to go out and find her with the help of alchemy that her teacher, Rorona, taught her.

Release Dates

June 24, 2010 JP | September 27, 2011 NA | September 30, 2011 EU

November 29, 2012 (Plus) JP | March 19, 2013 (Plus) NA | March 20, 2013 (Plus) EU

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~

Artist: Mel Kishida

The tiny kingdom of Arls, located on the northeastern border of the Arland Republic, is where spunky Princess Meruru calls home. Ever since she was exposed to alchemy by famed adventurer Totori Helmold, all she can think about was becoming an alchemist. With Totori’s guidance, Meruru sets out to develop her home kingdom of Arls using the power of alchemy. On her way, Meruru will encounter new adventures, obstacles, mysteries, and friends, and discover what life is like outside the castle walls. How you choose to guide her through the advancement of her land will determine the final outcome in the tale of Atelier Meruru.

Release Dates

June 23, 2011 JP | May 29, 2012 NA | May 25, 2012 EU

March 20, 2013 (Plus) JP | September 3rd 2013 (Plus) US | September 4th, 2013 (Plus) EU

Atelier Ayesha: Alchemist of Dusk


Artist: Hidari

Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk follows the story of Ayesha Altugle, a girl who has been living alone in a secluded workshop ever since her grandfather died and her younger sister went missing a few years ago. She supports herself by making and selling medicine. As the story begins, she finds out that her younger sister IS alive somewhere in the world. Now, she must devote herself to finding her younger sister. Her journey to keep her promise begins.

Release Dates (PS3)

June 28, 2012 JP | March 5, 2013 NA | March 8, 2013 EU

Atelier Escha & Logy ~Alchemists of the Dusk Sky~


Artist: Hidari

Choose from two the protagonists to unfold events unique to each character. Escha’s story has a lighthearted tone appealing to fans of the Atelier series while Logy’s tale is one of a darker more somber mood. Both characters experience the same main story, but there are different events with the respective perspectives from both characters, including different endings.

Release Dates (PS3)

June 27, 2013 JP | March 11, 2014 NA | March 7, 2014 EU

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~

The third installment of the Twilight Dusk trilogy, Atelier Shallie once again features two protagonists and a new Life system for determining what quest the characters want to do. It also features tasks unique to each protagonist, a fully controllable camera, and the removal of the time mechanic. See the conclusion of the Twilight Dusk series with this final entry!

Release Dates

July 17, 2014 JP | March 10, 2015 NA | March 13, 2015 EU
March 3, 2016 (Plus) JP | January 17, 2017 (Plus) US | January 20, 2017 (Plus) EU

Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book

ソフィーのアトリエ ~不思議な本の錬金術士~

The game revolves around the life of the main protagonist Sophie Neuenmuller, a young, yet inexperienced alchemist who runs an atelier on the outskirts of Kirchen Bell. Sophie discovers a mystical talking book named Plachta, whose sole memories involve the use of alchemy. Plachta, a blank reference book, has lost almost all of the memories that comprise the pages of her text, and it's up to Sophie to help her recover those memories by writing down alchemy recipes into the blank pages.

This game features a "Friendship" affinity system, where investing time in deepening the bonds between the player and the cast of NPCs can lead to new features and party members being unlocked, along with bonuses in battle when paired with party members of a high affinity level.

Release Dates

November 19, 2015 JP | June 7, 2016 NA | June 10, 2016 EU | February 7, 2017 Steam

Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey

フィリスのアトリエ ~不思議な旅の錬金術士~

Atelier Firis revolves around Firis Mistlud, a young miner girl who longs to travel outside her hometown Ertona. Ertona is a mining town closed off from the rest of the world by a big gate that very few people are allowed to pass through. One day, a travelling alchemist, Sophie Neuenmuller, visits the town and discovers that Firis shows promise to learn alchemy.

Atelier Firis has a focus on traversing large fields. In addition to the usual gathering points, the player can interact with other elements such as trees and rocks to gather materials. For example, the player can use a pickaxe to harvest fruit from a tree or an explosive to extract ore from a large rock or crystal. As the game progresses, the player will be able to use more and more tools to interact with fields or travel faster.

Release Dates

November 2, 2016 JP | March 7, 2017 NA | March 10, 2017 EU | March 7, 2017 Steam

Atelier Lydie and Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings

リディー&スールのアトリエ ~不思議な絵画の錬金術士~

The game takes place 4 years after the events of Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey.

The twins Lydie and Suelle live in a small atelier without much of a reputation in Melveille, the capital of Adalett. They help their alchemist father and they one day hope to run the kingdom's top atelier. They are hardworking, but don't get a lot of business and survive on a bare minimum. This environment makes the bonds between the two stronger. One day when synthesizing, they hear a voice from the basement their father has forbidden them from entering, where they discover a painting that brings them closer to achieving their dream. This painting contains a different world full of unique materials, that the sisters in turn use to improve their alchemy skills and business.

There will also be events within the worlds of the paintings where the most common theme is people from reality solving the problems of the alternative worlds.

Release Dates

December 21, 2017 JP | Early 2018 NA | Early 2018 EU

Portable and Spin-off entries

Atelier Marie GB

Because Atelier Marie GB is a rather simple side story of Atelier Marie, a lot of things are the same. Please refer to the Atelier Marie section for further information. Relevant information is provided below.

Release Date:

January 8, 2000 JP

Atelier Elie GB

Because Atelier Elie GB is a rather simple side story of Atelier Elie, a lot of things are the same. Please refer to the Atelier Elie section for further information. Relevant information is provided below.

Release Date:

January 8, 2000 JP

Alchemist Marie & Elie ~Our Atelier~

マリー&エリー ~ ふたりのアトリエ~

Artist: Isaemon Yamagata

A side story for the Wonderswan Color that takes place after the events of Atelier Elie, where Marie and Elie open their own atelier together. It is unknown whether or not this takes place before Atelier Marie, Elie & Anis, or if it is its own continuity entirely.

Release Dates

October 25, 2001 JP

Atelier Marie, Elie & Anis ~Message on the Gentle Breeze~


Artist: Isaemon Yamagata

A side story sequel to Atelier Marie and Atelier Elie for the Gameboy Advance. In this installment, the two girls gain a third alchemist in their atelier by the name of Anis. It is unknown if this takes place after Atelier Marie & Elie on the Wonderswan Color, or if the two are unrelated.

Release Dates

January 24, 2003 JP | March 23, 2006 JP (Best)

Atelier Lise ~Alchemist of Orde~

リーズのアトリエ ~オルドの錬金術土~

Artist: Nao Watanuki

Atelier Lise for Nintendo DS follows Lisette Randal, the youngest daughter of the Kingdom of Randal’s royal family. King Randal was a kind, easy going king who took care of his subjects and made sure his family lived a lifestyle fit for their rank. Unfortunately, he did so by borrowing money from the Rockheim Bank, the largest financial institute on the continent. They issue his entire kingdom a forecloser notice, and plan to lay claim to the entire kingdom if the debt was not payed off by a certain date. Princess Lisette flees her home and goes to the neighboring Kingdom of Orde, hoping to discover a way to help her family and pay off the debt. She uses all her money in order to buy a house on the edge of Mythreen, where she decides to become an alchemist and cash in on a growing industry. Due to the sudden popularity of alchemy, Lisette has no trouble obtaining a beginner’s license and she begins to attempt to earn the money to save her kingdom.Atelier Lise has multiple endings, which are determined by what requirements the player meets at the payment deadline.

Release Dates

April 19, 2007 JP

Atelier Annie: Alchemists of Sera Island

アニーのアトリエ ~セラ島の錬金術土~

Artist: Nao Watanuki

The sequel to Atelier Lise and the second DS game in the series, and marks the first Western release of a traditional Atelier game. Annie is an extremely lazy girl that does not want to do any work. Her dream is to marry up so she never has to work again. One day, her parents and grandfather, who is a top-class alchemist, decide to haul her to Sera Island in her sleep. She is forced into participating in a contest to renovate and expand Sera Island in the Kingdom of Orde. Annie, obviously reluctant to be placed in such a situation at first, suddenly gains motivation upon hearing that the winner of the contest will be a contender to marry the crown prince or princess. And thus, Annie must spend the next three years learning alchemy as well as managing different resorts with the help of her new Fairy Master, Pepe.

Release Dates

March 12, 2009 JP | October 27, 2009 NA

Atelier Lina ~Alchemist of Strahl~

リーナのアトリエ ~シュトラールの錬金術士~

Artist: Nao Watanuki

Atelier Lina starts off with Lina, an alchemist who just received her state alchemy certificate, returning home to show it to her childhood friend, Luon. As she’s returning home, however, she comes across a tree on fire… which turns out to be the home of a clan of fairies. And, upon seeing Lina at the scene, the fairies assume she’s responsible. Thus, Lina is left with little choice but to travel across the country, using her newfound alchemic skill to earn enough to help the fairies rebuild their home… and just maybe track down who’s responsible for this mess in the first place.

Release Dates

December 22, 2009 JP

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~

Artist: Isaemon Yamagata

A side story to Atelier Lilie, where you play as a fairy named Culus and try to build your friendship with Hermina. It is assumed that this game takes place after Atelier Lilie, but it could easily take place during, as well.

Release Dates

December 20, 2001 JP

Atelier Elkrone ~Dear for Otomate~

エルクローネのアトリエ ~Dear for Otomate~

Artist: Fukahire

A collaboration between Idea Factory’s Otomate and Gust, Atelier Elkrone is an Otome game (a dating sim with a girl as the lead, where she has to choose between a number of bachelors) that is set during the long since used Salburg setting.

Main protagonist, Mary is the main character whom has to choose between 6 different males throughout the game. Not too much else is known about the title, although previous heroines Marie and Elie make an appearance.


Atelier Marie

Platform: Vodafone3G

Price: 525 Yen (Plus tax) / 1 Download / Additional data 215 Yen

Genre: Role Playing

Atelier Iris ~Eternal Mana 2~ After Episode

Platform: SoftBank 3G / FOMA90x Series

Price: 525 Yen (Plus tax)/ DL

Genre: Role Playing

Atelier Marie

Platform: EZWeb BREW / 504i, 505i, 506i, FOMA2071, 2102V, 700i, 900i, 901i, 902i

Price: Site monthly flat fee of 315 Yen (Plus tax)

Genre: Role Playing

Atelier Marie / Atelier Elie Kobo Puzzle

Platform: EZWeb BREW

Price: 420 Yen/1 DL (Communication fee including tax)

Genre: Puzzle

Atelier Marie & Elie: Alchemists of Salburg

Platform: GREE

Price: ??

Genre: Social

Crossovers featuring Atelier characters:

Cross Edge

Cross Edge is a crossover game (between NIS, Gust, Bandai-Namco, and Capcom) developed by Compile Heart. It features characters from Atelier Marie and Mana-Khemia 2. It also features characters from Ar tonelico, but that isn't what this thread is about!

Release Dates

September 25, 2008 JP | May 26, 2009 NA | September 18, 2009 EU

Trinity Universe

Trinity Universe is a crossover developed by Idea Factory, featuring Disgaea and Atelier Violet characters. It also has many other characters designed by various artists, including Kazuyuki Yoshizumi, who designed Mana-Khemia's characters.

Release Dates

October 1, 2009 JP | June 29, 2010 NA | June 25, 2010 EU

Warriors All-Stars


Warriors All-Stars is a crossover Warriors game that features several IPs owned by Koei and its subsidiaries and is one of the projects that celebrates Omega Force's twentieth anniversary. Feature's Sophie and Plachta from Atelier Sophie. Info:

Release Dates

March 30, 2017 JP | August 29, 2017 US | September 1, 2017 EU


Oh, and a HUGE shoutout to Rarutos for helping me fine tune the thread. ^_^
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King Metal Zel
Oct 25, 2017
And it's appreciated as someone who hasn't kept up to date with it. :)
Thanks! I've needed to do it but I was kinda in a weird funk where I wasn't visiting GAF much. I haven't had time for Atelier Firis yet, I REALLY need to get to that. I've just been so busy with personal stuff plus some amazing games like Zelda and soon Mario.
Oct 25, 2017
Thanks! I've needed to do it but I was kinda in a weird funk where I wasn't visiting GAF much. I haven't had time for Atelier Firis yet, I REALLY need to get to that. I've just been so busy with personal stuff plus some amazing games like Zelda and soon Mario.
Similar situation, I started Firis but I got caught up with stuff etc. Still enjoyed what I played.
Oct 25, 2017
hihi~, I hope to pick up Atelier Firis sometime later this year Cant fall behind before Lydie and Suelle comes out. Hopefully Switch version for Lydie and Suelle :D
King Metal Zel
Oct 25, 2017
hihi~, I hope to pick up Atelier Firis sometime later this year Cant fall behind before Lydie and Suelle comes out. Hopefully Switch version :D
Same for me. I gotta catch up. XD As excited as I am (love that new forum smell) I'll be heading to bed soon so I'll be quiet for a bit. Most likely. XD
Oct 25, 2017
Oh neat, an Atelier thread! I haven't really dug the last few games since they switched off Hidari as the character designer, but I still appreciate how they try to change things up with every new release. Firis had a lot of interesting ideas that all felt a little half-baked, so hopefully Lydie and Suelle can rework those into a more cohesive package.
Oct 26, 2017
still need to finish Escha&Logi, and the Shallies one before getting the new games :c

at least they are waay cheaper in the mexican steam store.
great OT btw!
Oct 25, 2017
One of my favorite series. The Ayesha OP song still in my song rotation. Feels so gentle but also bit sorrowful somehow.

DirtyEdit: This isn't an ArTonelico thread so I wasn't going to mention it but the hymns are extraordinary.
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Oct 25, 2017
Gust has always been a favorite dev of mine. From concepts to music to art to gameplay, it’s been a wonderful light-hearted mix.
Oct 25, 2017
Here's two more of my FAVORITE tracks in atelier history.

Atelier Iris Eternal Mana Theme
My first Atelier title. This was back when it was more like a traditional turn based rpg crossed with atelier. This was also back when ports had some sketchy glitches. On this title after you beat the last boss the game would lock after the credits UNLESS you disabled all audio in the settings before beating him. Reason why was a file wasn't renamed for the ending audio theme so the game didn't know how to look for it, it'd play the credits and then it wouldn't know to save and load the new game plus features where you pick up right after the ending, fight another dungeon, and regain a party member. Game would just hang lol.
Anyhow...the theme song.

Atelier Iris 3 Grand Phantasm Theme
This is a title I only scratched the surface on. Life got in the way and I need to go back and replay it to finish it. This was the third and final of the Iris series which was the last amalgamation of Atelier and turnbased RPG stuff to this degree. By this point you had two protagonists and the game was split between one half alchemy and the other adventure and rpg battles unlike the first Iris title that had only one protagonist and he did both sides of the gameplay.

This series is so good. Notable mention is also the Mana Khemia theme songs for both being stellar. Even the old Ar Tonelico songs were great. You can always count on Gust for stellar music. I think S.S.H. who is an industry LEGEND for soundtracks worked on several games for them. For certain Atelier Iris arrange albums.
Oct 25, 2017
Hopefully more story. Sophie was good. It built up a lot of relationships and story elements with Luard. Firis though........ehhhhhhhhhh. Great size world to explore but I never built any sort of connections or story elements in the game and you could literally avoid every battle. The final boss was taking a quiz even. They spent a lot of time developing themselves and making openworld mechanics I think. Hopefully Lydie and Suelle builds off that framework and gives us a better return to form with more story elements, actual battles, and good relationship devleopment with side characters.
Oct 25, 2017
oh my, it's Atelier community.
Firis was not a bad game, but there were too many annoying things about it, I hope Gust won't repeat the same mistakes in the last mystery game.
Oct 25, 2017
Thanks for the fantastic OT.

I only played Atelier Sophie like 90+ hours and enjoyed every minutes of it, so charming game with fantastic ost; fun crafting system, not deep but enjoyable battle system. (i'm fan of turn based) So sad PC version of Firis bad as performance and graphics bugs, will wait for good discount.

Seriously one of the greatest things in the series. Just listen to the battle with Luard from Atelier Sophie.
Yeah! Also this giving me Nier ost feels, especially at first, so good!
Oct 26, 2017
Awesome job with the OT!! Hoping that Lydie will fair better than Firis, but we shall see.

I was wondering if it's alright to talk about other GUST titles that I'm LTTP here as well.
Oct 25, 2017
As my Atelier Iris 1, 2, and 3 repurchases seem to have failed to go through (seller never sent them), I'm gonna have to jump back on ebay and find them again. I also need to get Atelier Rorona Plus (PS3, despite owning the original) and the vita ones when I find them for cheap. SO MUCH ATELIER.
Oct 27, 2017
Oh hey, didn't notice this thread before. I love this series so much (and its music!). I'm a bit behind at the moment, though. I did play Sophie, but I still haven't played through Firis, Shallie and Escha&Logy (and Mana Khemia 2 if you want to count that) and now we already have the next one coming up.
Oct 27, 2017
Been with this series since they first started localizing them and started my love for Gust games and their music. I have a bit of a backlog since I put playing them on hold for a few years while I was trying to improve my Japanese skills. Currently playing Sophie and I hope to be able to get through Firis as well before Lydie & Suelle releases. Then some day I need to make the time to go through all the older games.


Oct 26, 2017
Puerto Rico
Oh I'm so glad I found this. First entry I played was Mana Khemia on PSP and I am going through the PS3 titles on my Vita. Finished Rorona, Totori, and will soon purchase Meruru if I find it for cheap. I'm playing Sophie right now on PC.

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Nov 6, 2017
Yeah, great OP!

So I've never played an Atelier game but they look extremely chill and extremely charming. I did buy Rorona second hand on a whim, then found out that apparently that's a no-no and I should've got Plus, so it's gone unopened for years. I'm planning on maybe grabbing the first PS4 one since you can get it pretty cheap now, but I'm also intrigued by the Dusk series. Are the Vita games worth the higher price tags? Am I likely to feel compelled to get the DLC anyway if I get the PS3 games? And most importantly, do they actually run well on Vita? I feel like this kind of game would work best handheld but I've also heard mixed things about how well the system handles the games.
Oct 25, 2017
Lydie and Suelle LE comes out March 27th in America and March 30th in Europe!

Marie and Erie costumes are the standard retailer exclusive pre order bonuses

LE got revealed too and it looks super pretty, curious about what the mystery item is

Preorder here

Oct 29, 2017
Mt. Whatever
The mystery item tho. A $100 and you don't even know what you're gonna get lol. Not sure how I feel about that.

Do we know anything about the time element for L&S? I really liked being able to take my time with Sophie and not feel rushed.
Oct 26, 2017
Puerto Rico
most importantly, do they actually run well on Vita? I feel like this kind of game would work best handheld but I've also heard mixed things about how well the system handles the games.
I can't speak for all the titles as I've only played Rorona and Totori Plus on my Vita but I can say that Rorona ran fine for me. Totori, however, had a lot of slowdowns when transferring items from the Basket or when engaging with enemies on the field.