In Atelier Sophie: the Alchemist of the Mysterious Book the player must always be aware of two elements that greatly affect successful mission completions and material harvesting: Time and Weather.
The time of day and the weather conditions should be carefully considered before heading out to a mission as some monsters will only show if the time and weather are favourable. Similarly, some necessary materials can only be harvested in specific times and weather conditions.
Atelier Sophie: the Alchemist of the Mysterious Book also introduces a fatigue-based Life Point system, which can weaken attacks when a character has spent too long adventuring, gathering materials, and/or fighting without resting (returning to the atelier). These two new elements add to the challenging nature of this beautiful RPG and are indicative of the reimagined gameplay system of the Atelier universe!
Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book offers one of two different bonus DLC packs to players who pre-order the game from select retailers. Those who order through Amazon will receive an in-game background music pack, as well as two delightful Atelier Sophie themes for their PlayStation 4. Independent retailers will be offering a pack consisting of a background music, the Doll Making costume ‘Aqua Suit’, a five-piece set of useful materials and items to be used in synthesis and a theme.
Finally, those who purchase either the digital PlayStation 4 or PlayStation Vita versions from the PlayStation Store during its first month of release will receive two Atelier Sophie themes, as well as an in-game bundle of useful items boosting their attack (uni bag), Hit Points (sweets), or Mental Points (sotea) that can be used on their adventures.
Atelier Sophie is set against a vibrant background reminiscent of a medieval European town and follows the exploits of a young novice Alchemist who discovers she is the owner of an enigmatic volume imbued with a soul. This Mysterious Book seems to hold all the secrets to the art of Alchemy knowledge and goes on to become Sophie’s mentor. As Sophie improves her Alchemy skills throughout the story, she unravels the book’s forgotten memories and eventually sets out to uncover the strange tale of her teacher’s origin.