Update #2 [Tue 21st Feb, 2023 14:35 GMT]: Nintendo UK has shared an English trailer for the upcoming Atelier Marie Remake, which features Japanese voice acting and English subs.

Gematsu has also confirmed that the game will be digital-only in the West, but the digital deluxe edition will be available alongside the standard edition.

The digital deluxe edition will come with (via Koei Tecmo):

  • Full original game “Atelier Marie Plus: The Alchemist of Salburg” included!
  • Gust Extra BGM Pack
  • "Another Look" Costume Set(Set of 33)

Update [Mon 20th Feb, 2023 16:30 GMT]: Koei Tecmo has announced that the Atelier Marie Remake, a remake of the very first Atelier game that launched on PS1 in Japan in 1997, is launching worldwide on Switch, as well as PS5, PS4, and Steam pm 13th July. (via Gematsu). There's also a brand new trailer (Japanese-only at the time of writing, above) to celebrate the official release date,.

Atelier Marie Remake: The Alchemist of Salburg will not only revamp the visual style, but it will also bring new elements with it. Like the new games in the series, there will be an Unlimited Mode (meaning there's no graduation deadline), there are brand new quests, and there are now clearer guidelines on how to beat the game.

Two physical versions have been announced for Japan — both a Premium Box and a Special Collection Box. A Digital Deluxe Edition will also be available. We're sure we'll be hearing more about these very soon for Western fans.

Here's publisher Koei Tecmo's summary on the upcoming remake, along with some lovely-looking screenshots.

I’m done saving the world!

A carefree, cozy RPG adventure…

At the Royal Academy of Magic (the Academy for short), Marie is failing in her attempts to study alchemy. One day, she is given an atelier by her professor as part of a special graduation exam. In order to graduate, Marie must complete an item that will impress her professor.

But first, Marie must strive to improve her alchemy skills, collect ingredients, and earn money to hire adventurers and buy recipes and utensils… Add all of that to the synthesis, battles, and quests she must undertake, and it’s clear that she has a lot to do before she’s ready for her exam!

It’s up to you to choose where to begin! Work hard to graduate from the Academy, but be sure to enjoy yourself along the way.

Key Features

- Updated Graphics: Marie and Friends Brought to Life with the Latest Technology – Character designs and event illustrations have been revamped, and 2D animations have also been introduced in the remake. In addition, there are now 3D models of characters and stages, so players can enjoy seeing cute mini characters while they move around the map and explore.

- Atelier Series Origin, Adapted to Modern Times and Made More Playable – While maintaining the simplicity and flexibility of the original version, the tutorial and navigation of the game’s features have been expanded and improved. The methods of moving around the city and collecting items in the field have also been modified to meet modern-day demands, ensuring that the remake is even more comfortable and easier to play.

- New Elements Added to Further Enhance the Game Experience – Fans of the original version of the game, along with newcomers to the Atelier series, will be delighted by the variety of new elements that have been added to the remake. With the new Unlimited Mode, which allows you to play at a more relaxed pace, and the addition of new events that enable interactions with new characters, you can further enjoy the world of Atelier Marie.

For details on the game's original announcement, check our story below...

Original article [Thu 9th Feb, 2023 00:45 GMT]: During the Japanese Nintendo Direct, Koei Tecmo and Gust announced it would be remaking an Atelier classic. Atelier Marie Remake: The Alchemist Of Salburg, based on the first Japanese exclusive in the series, will launch on the Nintendo Switch this summer.

Fans can expect an update during the Atelier Series' 25th anniversary program, airing on 20th February via YouTube. Here's a first look at this upcoming title:

This game is the original Atelier game, first released on the PlayStation back in 1997 and followed up by releases across multiple other platforms.

When we hear more about the remake, we'll let you know.

[source gematsu.com, via koeitecmoamerica.com]