Nippon Ichi has just released a new wave of details for Bar Stella Abyss. You can read on below to learn about patrons, cocktails, survival tips, and the digital mini soundtrack. Remember, the title is heading to Switch in Japan on February 29th, 2024, but there’s no word on a localization at this time.

Bar Stella Abyss is a roguelike strategy RPG in which you strengthen your party with the power of the constellations while exploring a dungeon in another world that changes form each time you play. In addition to exploring the other world, the story will unravel as you share drinks with the peculiar patrons of the bar “Stella Abyss.”

Wanderer (voiced by Nanako Mori)

A wanderer who lost their face and arm.

The protagonist, who arrives at the hidden bar Stella Abyss after following a flyer floating in the wind through the city at night. In order to get back the face and arm they lost in the Drunken World, they must go back and forth between the bar and other world.

■ The Patrons of Stella Abyss

To make your way through this Drunken World filled with powerful monsters, you will need allies who fight alongside you. Here we will introduce some of the Stella Abyss patrons who appear in the Drunken World, where only those who “lost something important” are said to reach, and lend their strength to Wanderer.

Maia (voiced by Riho Sugiyama)

A bewitching woman with a veil of secrets.

A mysterious woman who keeps everything secret, including her work, residence, and age. Whenever she has a conversation, she comes off as eager to know everything about the person she is talking to, while skillfully avoiding any discussion about herself. Despite her secrecy and masking of her true feelings, she does have a caring side that tries to lend a hand to the troubled Wanderer.

Kaji (voiced by Hiroshi Watanabe)

A smart businessman with a mature charm.

An elite businessman who always has a smile on his face and acts gentlemanly. He naturally captivates others with his advanced communication skills and mature charm. He is friendly with everyone he meets and worries about Wanderer, who is caught up in a predicament.

Kilka (voiced by Mikoi Sasaki)

A mysterious beauty who wanders the Drunken World.

A woman who works with Tipsy to explore the Drunken World for a certain purpose. Even in Stella Abyss, her eye-catching beauty has secretly garnered attention, but she is not one to actively engage with the other patrons. She has a quiet personality and responds in a curt manner when spoken to. She is not a fan of alcohol.

Saotome (voiced by Takaki Otomari)

A drunken man with a sharp tongue.

A curt, self-proclaimed freelance writer with a drinking problem who frequents the Drunken World. He has a blunt attitude and is often sarcastic. He uses rough language with Wanderer when they first meet, but his phrasing shows a high level of intelligence and insight.

■ A Mysterious Corpse in the Darkness of Its Heart: Dark Clouds Gather Over the Bar

During the time you spend together, the patrons of Stella Abyss will tell you many things. Wanderer’s conversations with them will open and, at times, close their hearts, revealing the darkness within them and their other faces.

And a serious incident that occurred at Stella Abyss some time ago.

An unsettling shadow hides in the midst of your conversations with patrons. A mysterious incident that occurred at the bar; the reason why Wanderer was robbed of their body… All may be revealed in the Drunken World.

■ Real Cocktails Recreated In-Game

Bar Stella Abyss features real cocktails like “gin and tonic” and “cassis orange,” which will aid you in your quest to clear dungeons. As you progress through the story, more cocktails will unlock in the cocktail tree, with an approximate total of 300 cocktails. Here we will introduce a small selection.

Screwdriver: Level Difference Power-Up

This classic cocktail increases the amount of damage you deal when you are weaker than the enemy.

Mohito: Poisoned Status Ailment Infliction Level-Up

A refreshing cocktail made with fresh lime and mint. It inflicts a stronger poison than normal when you inflict the poisoned status ailment.

Picador: One-Turn Stats-Up

The coffee liqueur suppresses the tequila flavor, making this an easy-to-drink cocktail. It significantly increases your stats for just one turn at the start of battle.

■ Tips on Surviving the Drunken World

Here we will introduce some tips on surviving the Drunken World, an unknown dungeon where dangerous enemies lurk. You will be able to clear dungeons more seamlessly if you know how to choose the right “Stella” to strengthen your skills, as well as what to look out for while exploring.

Stack Stella to Level Them Up

If you obtain the same Stella as one you already have set, you can stack it on top of the existing Stella in the same slot to level it up. Stella can be strengthened without altering the number of available slots, so whenever you obtain a duplicate Stella, it is a good idea to stack them and create a more powerful Stella.

—By increasing a Stella’s level, both its stats and amount of MP it consumes will increase. So be mindful as Skill Stella will not activate if you lack the required MP.

Collect the Same Constellations to Get Bonuses

Each Stella belongs to one of the 13 constellations of the zodiac, such as Capricorn and Virgo. By setting multiple Stella of the same constellation to one character, that character will receive power-up bonuses called “Stars.”

—The contents of a Star varies per constellation, but they always carry an effect and increase the character’s capabilities.

Watch Your Energy Consumption

In the Drunken World, you will consume “Dream Energy” based on your actions. When your Dream Energy reaches zero, your entire party’s HP will begin to gradually decrease. While it is a good idea to explore every nook and cranny of the dungeon, be sure to keep an eye on your energy as well.

—Dream Energy can be recovered through items, as well as at rest areas alongside HP and MP.

An Eerie Siren Signals the Arrival of a Formidable Foe

If you stay on the same floor for too long, an eerie siren will sound, warning you of an impending attack by “Buzzerman.” Buzzerman’s strength sets him apart from other enemies, so it is a good idea to make your way to the next floor quickly before the encounter.

—Buzzerman’s overwhelming strength can take you out before you even have a chance to retaliate.

Customize Equipment to Make It Your Own

Depending on the rarity of the equipment, empty slots can be used to strengthen it. At the “Forge” located in the dungeon, you can use the items in your possession as materials to add effects to your equipment that enhance their performance.

—Through repeated strengthening at the Forge, you can create equipment with numerous additional effects.

Protect Important Items by Placing Them in the “Storage Chest”

If you run out of energy while exploring, you will lose all items in your possession. However, items stored in the “Storage Chest” located in the dungeon will not be lost, and can be retrieved from the chest in Stella Abyss.

Gain the Upper Hand in Battle with Preemptive and Link Attacks

By attacking an enemy on the field, you can begin the battle with the first move despite the enemy’s speed. However, if an enemy attacks you from behind on the field, the battle will begin with the enemy going first.

When an ally attacks an enemy, if another ally is positioned in a way that they can reach they enemy with an attack, there is a fixed chance that a Link Attack will trigger, leading to a follow-up attack. Link Attacks do not consume a turn, so they can be used to more quickly eliminate enemies when activated.

Treasures Hidden in Fields Full of Enemies

In the Drunken World, which changes each time you visit, you may come across fields full of enemies known as the “Spirits Hall.” By defeating the swarm of enemies that attack all at once, you will have a chance to obtain a treasure chest. If you think you can handle it, then give it a try.

—When fighting against a swarm of enemies, positioning is more important than ever.

■ First-Print Bonus: Digital Mini Soundtrack

First-print copies of the physical edition of Bar Stella Abyss includes a download code for a digital soundtrack featuring eight background music tracks from the game.

Track List

  • “BAR STELLA ABYSS” composed by Kazuya Takasu
  • “Aqua World -battle ver.-” composed by Yoh Ohyama (ZIZZ STUDIO)
  • “Walk in the Ashes -battle ver.-” composed by Yoh Ohyama (ZIZZ STUDIO)
  • “rainshower18:00 -battle ver.-” composed by xaki (ZIZZ STUDIO)
  • “dear Marionette” composed by xaki (ZIZZ STUDIO)
  • “Snowflake Fairy -field ver.-” composed by Makoto Akamiya (ZIZZ STUDIO)
  • “Blowin’ in the Wind -battle ver.-” composed by Yoh Ohyama (ZIZZ STUDIO)
  • “Traitor” composed by Yoh Ohyama (ZIZZ STUDIO)

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