Your First Look At Atelier Violet On PSP

By Ishaan . November 22, 2010 . 1:00pm

Gust are adding a few new things to their PS2-to-PSP port of Atelier Violet: Alchemist of Gramnad 2. Amongst these, as reported previously, are three new characters, at which Famitsu got an exclusive first look.


From left to right, you have: Lapis, who seems to hold some sort of fear, Nanami Schmidt, who’s described as lively and bright with a sharp tongue, and Sphere, who’s making a return from Atelier Judie.


Atelier Violet also has an updated screen layout with 16:9 support:


Atelier Violet is pegged for a February 3rd, 2011 release in Japan. You can check out more screenshots and art at the Famitsu link above.

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  • malek86

    I seriously need to try an Atelier game someday. Which one, then?

    • neocatzon

      each title in the series are fine. look there and pick one that you can find easily

      though I recommend Atelier Iris first cuz it’s the first localized Atelier

      • The Iris games aren’t really anything like this, though.

        I’d say try either Annie or Rorona.

        • Pretty much – The Iris line and the Mana Khemias are not very indicative of the main line of Ateliers – they’re more epic RPG stories, where you’ll find that Annie and Rorona are much more personable in their story focus.

    • PersonaBull

      I tried out Atelier Annie, but it just made me want to play Rune Factory.

      I’d say go for the PS3 games, they seem like they have a lot more depth to them. Honestly though, I’d like to know which would be better to try out, too.

    • HarryHodd

      Atelier Rorona is pretty darn addictive and charming.

    • Ereek

      Apologies for the late reply.It’s a hard choice for what’s been released in the west.Atelier Iris 1/2/3 are not at all like the traditional Atelier games (Violet, Judy, Elie, Marie, etc). Mana Khemia 1/2 are both part of the “Project Atelier,” therefore they are officially in the series, but they’re even more derived than Iris. I’d actually recommend starting with Mana Khemia is you prefer a more traditional RPG system, since they have a faster battle system. That or Atelier Iris 1. Atelier Iris 1 has enough of the traditional RPG (exploration/combat/puzzle solving) while still having what makes Atelier (lots of character development/interaction, heavily Alchemy based).In the west, only two “traditional” Ateliers have been released: Annie and Rorona. I’d say Rorona is the better game overall, but Annie has better characters. If you’re looking for the “true” Atelier experience, Rorona might be the better choice. if you understand Japanese, Lina is also very good. I don’t think it will get an English release, though.

  • Letiumtide

    So many PSP games are getting that flash game type look. The sprites look really weird to me for some reason, unnatural.

    • The sprites always looked like that, although the aspect ratio is perhaps making them a bit bigger than they were in the original (4:3) release. Believe me, the game looks amazing in motion especially if they got all the assets from the PS2 version in.

  • Generic females are generic. Why not have a peppy bluenette and a somber pinkhead for once?

  • Seconding that the girls are a bit generic. And why is one named Nanami? The classic Atelier setting was always good about making sure the characters were European, durnit.

    Anyway the screens still look great, even if the sprites look a little stipled compared to the original PS2 release (, which I suppose is to be expected given the limitations of the PSP. Still hope this can come over, somehow.

  • Umm the first screen isnt much like atelier’s drawing style… “marigito” ( i imagine they mean “margarita”) …This doesnt change the fact i want it :P

  • Soma

    Maybe the sprites do look a little strange, and maybe the three new characters look a bit generic, it doesn’t change the fact that this game looks GOOD.

    I have a feeling I’m going to be doing a lot of importing this coming winter …

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