Atelier Meets Super Mario 64 in First Atelier Lydie & Suelle Trailer & Gameplay Video, Coming West 2018on September 22, 2017 by Oscar TK
Okay, so basically I just mean you go inside of paintings. That’s a gameplay concept popularised by Super Mario 64 in 1996, and me in 1994 which is also why I’m no longer allowed in any art galleries in Washington State. This trailer and gameplay demo from TGS give a first proper look at Atelier Lydie & Suelle: Alchemists of the Mysterious Painting.
Update: The game has also just been announced as coming west in 2018 for PS4, Switch, and PC via Steam!
This is the third game in Atelier’s Mystery series now. And, of course, Sophie from the first game in the trilogy also makes an appearance. I’m a big fan of main characters from early in a series having cameos later on. It makes the world feel chunky and real.
The gameplay video shows some general exploration and then a boss fight, all taking place inside a painting our new duo enters. Considering the art style of the Atelier is series is so beautiful and painterly anyway, having the characters enter a literal painted world really makes sense.
Though, it’s not clear whether the world is inside the painting, or whether the mysterious painting is just transporting them to a normal world location.
This fairly short piece of gameplay has a pretty wide open exploration space, but at a glance it doesn’t look quite as big as the truly open world of Atelier Firis, which was unique for the series.
Considering this game may have pretty split up worlds accessed via paintings, Lydie & Suelle could be a sort of mid-point of game design styles, which would be pretty nice to see.
Atelier Lydie & Suelle: Alchemists of the Mysterious Painting releases this winter in Japan for PlayStation 4, PC, and, pleasingly, Nintendo Switch — and to the west “Early 2018”.