Koei Tecmo's American branch has announced new screenshots and videos for their upcoming PS3 RPG Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea, which releases later this month in North America.
Shallotte Elminus, called Shallie by her friends, is a poor young alchemist with big dreams. She spends her days running her deceased father's small Atelier and doing whatever work she or her loving mother Nady can find for her through her contacts. Though she doesn't have a lot of experience or knowledge of alchemy she is very keen to learn and she spends a lot of time discovering and synthesising new items. Luckily, Shallotte's childhood friend Miruca Crotze is a very good alchemist. She studied in Central city and though this has caused her to develop a colder and more distanced personality she still admires Shallie's honest and simple thinking. Miruca is a proven researcher and a devoted friend and she always says her opinion frankly, though sometimes this makes her seem a little harsh.
Shallotte will also find a teacher in the face of Wilbell Voll-Erslied, a travelling magician who, after she assists Shallie, becomes a role model and an instructor for her. Wilbell is travelling the land of Dusk in search of spirits that offer her powerful magic. Her child-like appearance might fool some, but she is actually quite old and seasoned and provides Shallie with good advice and valuable help. These are not the only people Shallie crosses paths with in her efforts to become successful. She also has to deal with government officials like Solle Grumman, a hard working young man sent to investigate the town of Stellard and establish a government branch office.
Shallotte must learn to tame her wild and free spirit and work with merchants, like the troublesome Katla Larchica who never seems to sell anything that works and rely on treasure hunters like the cool and collected homunculus Homura, whose skill with the sword is near unparalleled or the romantic Reyfer Luckberry who searches for the long lost treasure of a famous pirate. By learning how to apply the knowledge and skills of those around her and win their assistance, Shallotte will embark on a journey to adulthood and focus on her ongoing effort to eventually become the alchemist she has always dreamed of being.
For those who pre-order the game through GameStop will get some exclusive bonus items: a costume for their leading lady fashioned after that of Escha Malier (the protagonist of Atelier Escha and Logy), a Flower Pareo costume, a special Atelier series selection of music and a Passion Dress. For those opting to purchase the game through Amazon, you'll receive two exclusive music complications as an extra bonus.
Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea will be released on March 10, 2015 in North America for $49.99, with the European release following three days later on March 13.