Another Atelier game, another cute alchemist about to embark on a beautiful quest. Gust’s Atelier franchise is back with its latest chapter, Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book, and it is making its grand debut on the next-gen consoles with a PlayStation 4 version.

Of course, Gust and publisher Koei Tecmo are also planning for a release on the safer consoles as well, the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita. Atelier is the 17th main game in the franchise, making it longer than genre kingpins Final Fantasy, which will soon have 15 main games, and Tales, which will sit at 16 once the recently announced Tales of Berseria comes out.

In fact, Atelier’s annual releases have put it on a course to become the most prominent JRPG franchise for quite a long time. Not even Tales, which also gets annual releases, can keep up!

Despite making assurances that I would try to break into the series this year, now that it is actually a big deal, I haven’t been able to. It’s not a lack of motivation, but more a lack of free time. Both Atelier and Tales have a problem of releasing too frequently, and I barely have enough time to play the franchises I like anymore let alone add two to my annual repertoire. It’s almost like Assassin’s Creed and how I just can’t even bother piling onto my backlog.

Well see how it goes with this year’s Atelier Shallie, which I think looks really cute, but with Star Ocean: The Last HopeThe Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, and Dragon Quest VI sitting on my backlog before the holiday review season, it’s not looking too good.

Fans, what do you think? Sophie is an adorable character, but I liked Shallie’s character design a bit better. Both of its main characters were within the realm of reasonable, but I think the pink haired one in this new game is pushing my limits.

Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book will be released for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PS Vita.