While certainly a niche series to most JRPG fans, the long line of Sony exclusivity is about to end when the Atelier series finally makes its Windows debut next year.
Though not explicitly mentioned in the announcement tweets, a video posted by KOEI TECMO yesterday gave the all-confirming nod to a PC release - the inclusion of the Steam logo.
The Atelier series as a whole stretches as far back at the early 90s in Japan. Commonly focusing on a colourful world and a long line of 'Alchemists' touring their world and producing more powerful equipment with their magicks, it wasn't until 2005 that KOEI TECMO decided to bring the series to the wider world.
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Since then, the series as been exclusive to Sony's PlayStation platform - but is never been made clear as to whether this was a contract deal or just a generalized marketing decision based on the platform's usual success with the genre. So now, with the release of Aterlier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey, Steam users will finally be able to get their hands on an Atelier title without having to grab a Dualshock controller - though with the experimental support through Steam, they still might opt for it.
The offending announcement trailer is slotted down below. While it doesn't look drastically different to past games, it's certainly better than nothing. Aterlier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey launches next year.