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Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea (Japanese: シャリーのアトリエ ~黄昏の海の錬金術士~, Sharī no atorie ~tasogare no umi no renkinjutsu shi~) is the third and last game in the Dusk series of games.

Given the project code "A16", it is the sixteenth game in the main Atelier series and was initially released on the Playstation 3, the sixth and last Atelier game on the platform.

The game features the same character designer and illustrator as Atelier Ayesha and Atelier Escha & Logy (Hidari).[1]

An enhanced port, Atelier Shallie Plus, was released for PlayStation Vita in 2016 in Japan and 2017 in North America and Europe. Another port of the game, called Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea DX, was released in Japan for the Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch on December 25, 2019, and the US and European releases on January 14, 2020 alongside the global release of the Microsoft Windows version on the Steam storefront.

Plot Edit

Atelier Shallie takes place 10 years after the beginning of Atelier Ayesha and 6 years after the beginning of Atelier Escha & Logy.

Gameplay Edit

Character selection Edit

After a prologue where the protagonists and some gameplay elements are presented, the player has to select who will be their main character: Shallistera or Shallotte. This decision will alter the point of view of the game, but the development and the main objectives will be the same regardless of the player's choosing.

Alchemy Edit

Exploration Edit

Battle system Edit

Time limit Edit

Atelier Shallie doesn't have a time limit. The story progresses with the tasks system. After completing the main tasks for each chapter, the player will enter a "free time" phase, which only ends when a certain amount of points are obtained (by completing optional tasks). After finishing the "free time" phase, the game will pass to the next chapter. In any of the phases, the player can advance at their own pace.

There also exists a "motivation" bar which goes from "bad" to "good" that fills when tasks are completed and that empties when exploring, synthesizing, gathering or fighting. A greater motivation increases the movement speed and the amount of items that can be gathered.

Friendship system Edit

It works like the other games in the series.

CharactersEdit

Main article: List of Characters in Atelier Shallie
She is the daughter of the chief of the ship clan in a village which is suffering a drought. As the clan's representative, she goes to Stellard to seek assistance.
A girl who runs her own atelier in the place of her late father. She lacks knowledge and experience, so she can only accept minor requests. She dreams with succeeding and getting great amount of money.
The bodyguard and childhood friend of Shallistera. He's sociable and quick-thinking. During his childhood he spent some time in Stellard, so having lived the progress of the society and alchemy makes him to question the traditions of his village.
A lone-wolf treasure hunter who works for Stellard's Union. She emphasizes the study of legends and ancient treasures. With the relics she find she expect to pay her debts so she can happily live with her young sister Miruca.
An alchemist that studied in Central. Her specialty is "imbuing", a technique to create weapons and armors using specialized alchemy equipment. She's not very social or talkative, and she tends to say the things as she feel. She's Shallotte's childhood friend and the sister of Jurie, to whom started to distance when she left for Central.
A witch-in-training that travels seeking to contract with spirits. She becomes the alchemy master of Shallotte. She's concerned about looking younger than she really is. She previously appeared in Atelier Ayesha and Atelier Escha & Logy.
A homunculus treasure hunter who works in the Stellard region. Like the other homunculi, he loves sweets, but he is also different from them since he's very talkative and quick-witted.
An alchemist who seeks the truth behind the Dusk phenomenon with the automaton Odelia. He previously appeared in Atelier Ayesha.
A government official who was assigned to Stellard to establish a branch office there and to help to investigate the town's situation. He's rational and has a sharp tongue. He previously appeared in Atelier Escha & Logy. He can be playable if a DLC is installed or if playing the Plus version.
An alchemist from the same town as Solle who is called to Stellard to help investigate the town's situation. Food items are the ones she like to synthesize most. When she tries to create bizarre and unique items, problems usually occur. She was the protagonist of Atelier Escha & Logy. She can be playable if a DLC is installed or if playing the Plus version.

MusicEdit

DevelopmentEdit

Downloadable Content[2]Edit

A total of 12 downloadable elements (DLC) were released for the original PlayStation 3 version of the game. Further releases of the game (Atelier Shallie Plus and Atelier Shallie DX) included all the DLC.

Name Release date Type Cost Contents
Atelier Series Special BGM Pack Japan July 16, 2014
America April 7, 2015
Europe April 8, 2015
Music ¥314
$2.99
€2.99
Tracks from previous Atelier games to use with the "Change BGM" feature.
Additional collection area: Abyss Japan July 31, 2014
America March 24, 2015
Europe March 25, 2015
Location Free Adds the Abyss location, available in the final chapter of the game. Also adds the hardest "No Hope" difficulty option.
Additional character: Solle Japan July 31, 2014
America March 24, 2015
Europe March 25, 2015
Playable character ¥525
$4.99
€4.99
Solle joins the party in Chapter 5.
Additional character: Escha Japan August 6, 2014
America April 7, 2015
Europe April 8, 2015
Playable character ¥525
$4.99
€4.99
Escha joins the party in Chapter 5.
Additional Costumes: Lily Classical & Glamourster Japan July 31, 2014
America March 24, 2015
Europe March 25, 2015
Costume Free Swimsuit for Shallistera and Shallotte.
Costume Pack 1 America March 24, 2015
Europe March 25, 2015
Costume pack $3.99
€3.99
Collection of the costumes: "Sky Vacation", "Nature Frill", "Wild Bikini" and "Magical Ribbon", also purchasable separately.
Additional Costume: Magical Ribbon Japan July 31, 2014
America March 24, 2015
Europe March 25, 2015
Costume ¥210
$1.99
€1.99
Swimsuit for Wilbell.
Additional Costume: Nature Frill Japan July 31, 2014
America March 24, 2015
Europe March 25, 2015
Costume ¥210
$1.99
€1.99
Swimsuit for Miruca.
Additional Costume: Wild Bikini Japan July 31, 2014
America March 24, 2015
Europe March 25, 2015
Costume ¥210
$1.99
€1.99
Swimsuit for Jurie.
Additional Costume: Sky Vacation Japan July 31, 2014
America March 24, 2015
Europe March 25, 2015
Costume ¥210
$1.99
€1.99
Swimsuit for Escha.
Costume Pack 2 America April 7, 2015
Europe April 8, 2015
Costume pack $2.99
€2.99
Collection of the costumes: "Flower Pareo", "Passion Dress" and "Colseit Uniform", also purchasable separately.
Additional Costume: Flower Pareo Japan July 31, 2014
America April 7, 2015
Europe April 8, 2015
Costume ¥105
$0.99
€0.99
Swimsuit for Linca.
Additional Costume: Passion Dress Japan July 31, 2014
America April 7, 2015
Europe April 8, 2015
Costume ¥105
$0.99
€0.99
Swimsuit for Katla.
Additional Costume: Colseit Uniform America April 7, 2015
Europe April 8, 2015
Costume $1.99
€1.99
Atelier Escha & Logy's Escha's costume for herself.

Atelier Shallie Plus Edit

Atelier Shallie Plus was released for the Vita in Japan in 2016 and the US in 2017. While the Japanese version had a physical release, the international versions were digital only.

In addition to bundling together the previous version's DLC, it enhances the story of Atelier Shallie by adding more story elements from previous games. The addition of Logy and Ayesha to the plot result in many scenes being revised and an additional subplot featuring Flameu's seed is added.[3] There are also many more scenes fleshing out the original storyline with the Shallies, such as the argument scene being expanded.[4] New costumes were added to the game, including some that were only unlockable as pre-order bonuses. In addition, the Premium version included new costumes for the Shallies based on Sophie and Plachta from Atelier Sophie.[5] The DLC dungeon is included, with the addition of challenging new superbosses.

Atelier Shallie DX Edit

A port of Atelier Shallie Plus for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows was announced at TGS 2019, under the title of Atelier Shallie DX as part of the Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe pack similar to the Atelier Arland Trilogy Deluxe pack that was released a year before. This version was released in Japan for the Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch on December 25, 2019, and the US and European releases on January 14, 2020 alongside the global release of the Microsoft Windows version on the Steam storefront. The DX version added a sprint feature to the overworld, a fast forward to the battle system, and included the pre-order and premium box costumes from the previous two versions in the base game.

Reception Edit

GalleryEdit

See also: Atelier Shallie Concept Arts
See also: Atelier Shallie In-Game Illustrations

ReferencesEdit

  1. 【速報】『アトリエ』シリーズ最新作“Project A16”始動! Dengeki Online.
  2. Atelier Shallie Add-Ons section in the US, UK and Japan PlayStation Store. store.playstation.com
  3. https://www.koeitecmoamerica.com/shallieplus/add01.html
  4. https://www.koeitecmoamerica.com/shallieplus/add05.html
  5. https://www.koeitecmoamerica.com/shallieplus/add04.html

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