It isn’t (hopefully) too long of a wait now for the upcoming Atelier series JRPG, Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists to be released in the West. With the game looking at a Q1 2019 release, we should hopefully be going along our merry way with synthesis based shenanigans very soon.
However as we know a new focus of the game is Town-Building, and Gust (the developers of the Atelier Series) have kindly revealed the all mighty secrets to building your very own town! You can see the full details attached below – be warned there is a lot to take in!
The Secret to Town-Building Revealed
Interactions with Legendary Characters Influence Town-Building
In Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New World, you will develop your friendship level with the characters that come to town as residents through means such as visitations. Each character has various strengths and weaknesses, such as gathering in the field or selling items. Build up your town while considering the details of requested work and its compatibility with the townspeople.
The schedule-in-progress screen shows what sort of work is currently happening in the town.
After the work week comes to an end, the various results of the week will be presented.
Check and use the results to better build your town the next week.
In addition to the total population, budget, and assets of the town, the outcome of the actions performed during the work week are also displayed in the weekly results, including the number materials acquired, items produced, item sales, and so on. Residents who gained a lot of experience through activities such as earning high income will be displayed as MVPs. The higher their rank, the greater their friendship level will rise.
Mix and Match Residents with Facilities for Proper Town-Building
You can entrust the characters that become residents to the management of facilities, such as a shop assistant who handles requests. Residents have strengths and weaknesses suited for each facility, so there is an aptitude level you will have to pay attention to. Since the efficiency of town-building changes depending on which residents are entrusted to which facilities, the player’s skills will be tested.
For example, the expected number of sales of a Sterk with high aptitude for grocery stores is six, while the expected number of sales for a still low aptitude Keina is two. Aptitude rises with each resident’s level.
Consider aptitude before making placements!
Befriend Residents to Make Town-Building More Fun
By befriending the residents, friendship levels will increase. Lots of good things come with that increase, such as being able to construct a “landmark” facility tied to that character, the activation of special events, and an increase in skills useful for town-building. Friendship level rises through means such as post-work week evaluations and day-off visits, and completing requests from that character.
Build a landmark tied to a specific character!
Some skills can also be learned by increasing friendship level. Learn skills that increase your stats and settle on powerful special moves.
Increasing friendship level can even make you more powerful!
The Townscape Drastically Changes with the Facilities You Build
Which area you build which facilities, and how you create the layout of the town is up to you. For example, you can build a lot of agricultural facilities such as fields to develop the basic village into a town with an idyllic atmosphere. Depending on your abilities, Westwald can take on various forms.
A town with a rural landscape. Or even a town with a somewhat high-tech atmosphere. Go from village to town, and town to city according to your town development level.
You can also renovate previously constructed facilities to ones of higher grade.
Cooperative Synthesis: The Key to the Story
The “Granzweit Tree” is said to be somewhere in Westwald. The legendary alchemists will help you find the relic of the Sage, which is said to be difficult to find. And by cooperating with specific combinations of alchemists, you will be able to perform cooperative synthesis that differs from regular synthesis. This cooperative synthesis is the key to advancing the story.
By clearing conditions such as gathering materials and synthesizing specific items, you will be able to cooperate to perform new research. Friendship level is a prerequisite for cooperative synthesis. While cooperating with the alchemists, Nelke and company will unravel the mystery of the Granzweit Tree.
The relic of the Sage is hidden somewhere?
Cooperate to synthesize new items!
Get closer to finding the Granzweit Tree!
Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists is expected to arrive sometime during Q1 2019, and will be releasing on PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam.
What are your thoughts on the aspects of Town-Building? Are you looking forward to this spin-off? Let us know in those comments!