During the Japanese version of the February 2023 Nintendo Direct stream, Nintendo showed off a short trailer for Gust’s Switch Atelier Marie Remake: The Alchemist of Salburg. The original game came out in 1997, and is the first official Atelier game. It is a Japanese-exclusive title, and it is unclear if the remake version will make it to the west.
Since this is a remake, it will obviously have improved graphics compared to the original. There will be voice acting, as well as 3D graphics. You will also be able to freely explore the environment. For those who are nostalgic for the original, you can toggle the music between the remake version and the 1997 version. Atelier Marie Remake; The Alchemist of Salburg will also add in new cutscenes between Marie and her teammates.
As mentioned earlier, this was the first game in the Atelier series. Though it had several ports in Japan, none of the ports officially got a western localization. In terms of the story, Marie is one of the worst students are her school. Because of that, her teacher suggests that Marie open up an alchemy workshop outside of class so that she can improve herself outside of a classroom setting. There is a time management system, as Marie needs to make an item that satisfies her teacher before five years is up. Otherwise, Marie cannot graduate.
Atelier Marie Remake: The Alchemist of Salburg is in development for the Nintendo Switch. It will come out in Summer 2023 in Japan.