Atelier Sophie 2: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Dream

Atelier Sophie 2: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Dream

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Atelier Sophie 2: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Dream is a 2022 Japanese role-playing video game developed by Gust. It was released in February 2022 for Microsoft Windows (via Steam), Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4. It is the 23rd game in the Atelier series and the 4th game in its Mysterious subseries. It is a direct sequel to the first Mysterious game, Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book, and takes place before the second, Atelier Firis, and contains prequel elements due to the nature of the game’s isekai setting. The basic structure of the alchemy system returns from the previous Mysterious games, with new mechanics. The player will discover new items on the Recipe Tree by playing through various parts of the game, but the way the items are synthesized is always the same. It works in four stages: selecting the output, choosing the materials, placing the materials, and choosing the new item’s inherited traits.

Atelier Sophie 2: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Dream
Atelier Sophie 2: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Dream

There are six playable characters in Atelier Sophie 2, which stars the eponymous Sophie Neuenmuller (Yuuka Aisaka, reprising). Following the events of the first game, she leaves her hometown of Kirchen Bell to become a state-licensed alchemist and end up in a parallel world called Erde Wiege. On a quest to reunite with her mentor and friend, Plachta (Yuka Iguchi, reprising), she meets a younger version of Plachta who has not met Sophie before and is still a novice alchemist. This Plachta has been in Erde Wiege for some time before Sophie arrives, and she has her own atelier in the outskirts of town. Another surprise for Sophie is that a young version of her late grandmother, Ramizel Erlenmeyer (Rie Takahashi), is alive and perhaps the longest-berthed resident. The residents consider her their unofficial mayor. The other playable characters are Alette Claretie (Aoi Yūki), a merchant obsessed with scraping together money; Olias Enders (Tomoaki Maeno), charismatic yet self-absorbed bodyguard held in high esteem; and Diebold Lewerenz (Kengo Kawanishi), a former knight who has become a stoic bodyguard.

Atelier Sophie 2: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Dream
Atelier Sophie 2: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Dream

Atelier Sophie 2 is a turn-based role-playing game. A team which eventually grows to six playable characters faces enemies, with the player selecting an action for each character on their turn. The team is divided into three members in the front and three members in support. Attacking grants Technical Points (TP), a resource that can be spent in a number of ways: defensively bringing in party members in the rear to take a hit while blocking and swap with the front party member in a “Support Guard”; performing linked “Twin Attacks” between a front row member and their support character; and so on. If the main team in front is defeated, the backup team takes their place. Actions can include dealing damage of a variety of types which is modified by whether it hits specific elemental or other weaknesses; buffs and debuffs that increase or decrease statistics; healing wounded party members; and more.

Atelier Sophie 2: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Dream
Atelier Sophie 2: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Dream

As the game progresses, there are both main plot progression tasks as well as sidequests. In-game, a bulletin board in Roytale, the main town, offers the optional sidequests and related rewards for completing them, such as defeating monsters or finding rare items. As with other games in the Atelier series, there is an alchemy subgame. Sophie can gather materials from Erde Wiege’s landscapes, defeating enemies, and completing sidequests and take them back to an atelier in Roytale. There she can synthesize and transmute the raw materials into usable items and equipment for the party. Elements from the Mysterious series in particular return as well, such as a puzzle-like alchemy system based on a grid or the two-team battle system that appeared in Atelier Lyddie & Suelle. Traversing the world requires gems that each correspond to the kind of weather that appears when they are used. For example, when it is rainy, boxes and barrels may float in such a way that Sophie can skip across them. In the same area, that path won’t be irreversible because there is no body of water, but the land underneath that body of water will be exposed. These gems may only be used on alters that correspond to the correct weather.



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