A couple days ago Atelier Ryza was announced via the Dangeki Playstation Magazine, the latest instalment to the ever growing Atelier Series from Gust. It was initially announced for Playstation 4 (as coming from a Playstation magazine), but now we have a more formal announcement of the game from Famitsu.
Atelier Ryza is a new coming of age story that focuses on a new world construction method through expression. The title is being written by Gust and Shakugan no Shana manga creator Yashichiro Takahashi.
Ryzalin Staud (the titular character) is a free willing girl who is always looking for excitement with her friends. She has a very strong sense of justice to the point arrogance if she thinks she is in the right. The story is about her finding something dear that she never knew was until she became an Alchemist and met a “certain someone”.
The game will also be launching on PS4 and Nintendo Switch this Fall in Japan, with a PC release to follow soon after. We will likely hear later in the year about it’s Western release, which will likely be early 2020.
What are your thoughts on a new Atelier game being announced? Do you think they are releasing too many of these games so close to each other? Let us know in those comments!
With Atelier Lulua soon to release in the US and Europe this coming week, KOEI Tecmo and Gust are seeking feedback from their fans across the world with their new Atelier series questionnaire 2019! It is a quick survey that you can take by heading over to here!
The survey itself will be asking the following questions (for your benefit as the page is in Japanese):
1-4. Owned Game Systems
2-1. Check off the Atelier games you have played.
3-1. What is the first thing you want to know about a new Atelier game when it is announced?
4-1. Where do you get most of your information about the Atelier series?
5-1. What is it about Atelier games that made you make your purchase?
5-2. What information or advertisement for an Atelier game made you make your purchase?
6-1. When a new Atelier series title is announced, do you visit the official website?
7-1. What Atelier series goods have you purchase?
8-1. What Atelier series goods would you like to see?
9-1. What games have you played in the past year?
10-1. What are your favourite games or game series?
11-1. Did you buy Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland?
11-2. If yes, why?
12-1. Where did you read about Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland?
13-1. What made you decide to purchase Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland?
14-1. Which version(s) of Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland did you purchase?
15-1. If you purchased Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland, through what means did you purchase it?
15-2. If you pre-ordered Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland, what made you decide to pre-order it?
16-1. If you did not purchase Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland, why not?
17-1. Please provide any additional feedback or requests for the Atelier series.
Certain questions may not be valid for us Westerners, such as if we have purchased Atelier Lulua (which released back in March in Japan), however you could consider if you are going to get it or not as an answer. Completing the survey will also net you with a wallpaper for your PC, iOS or Android device.
Atelier Lulua ~The Scion or Arland~ releases March 21st in the US and March 24th in Europe for Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC.
Are you happy to see KOEI Tecmo and Gust seek fan feedback for their game series? Would you like to see more Western focused surveys? Let us know in those comments!
With the upcoming release of Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists, in case you forgot another Atelier title is arriving in a few months time. Atelier Lulua ~The Scion of Arland~, and KOEI Tecmo have now gone into further detail towards their extensive Synthesis system.
Set a fair while after the last title in the Arland series, you play as Lulua Frixell, the daughter of Rorona (the titular character of the first Arland title). On your adventure you’ll be discovering both new and old landscapes, and see how time has changed the world of Arland, for best or worse. Within the numerous environments you’ll get to explore, you’ll find many Materials you can pick up and use for your future Synthesising.
You can read the full explanation below:
Following the adventures of the young Lulua Frixell, players set out to uncover the mysteries of an ancient codex and the land of Arland itself! Along Lulua’s journey she’ll discover beautiful lands– some new and un-explored –whilst others have been affected by the tides of time since Rorona, Totori, and Meruru once travelled across Arland. Throughout these diverse environments, players will find a bounty of raw materials, and as they fully explore each area they will not only unlock new places to explore, but they’ll have a higher chance of finding rarer resources to help Lulua in her quest to learn the ultimate truth about the mysterious kingdom of Arland.
These rare materials are used as part of the game’s Synthesis system, a fundamental part of the Atelier series which allows alchemists to create new items. In Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland players will decrypt the codex to unlock a variety of new and exciting recipes which will in turn, help them throughout their adventure. The Synthesis system in this latest entry combines the Arland trilogy’s ‘quality’ and ‘trait’ systems, allowing for items to take on entirely new characteristics, along with the Mysterious trilogy’s ‘elements’ and ‘boost item’, giving items powerful abilities that wouldn’t be previously possible. These fresh-yet-familiar systems synthesise together with the new ‘Awakened Effects’ mechanic to offer a bounty of possibilities to aspiring alchemists.
When at the cauldron, players can use a raw material with the ‘Awakened Effects’ ability in the mix to give the resulting item a secondary element –combine a Fire Damage Awakened Effect material with a Thunder Bomb –, and the resulting item will be a bomb which releases both thunder and fire for a devastating blow! As players learn all of the Synthesis system’s intricacies, they’ll be able to create a variety of unique and useful items to use throughout the lands of Arland and in battle.
Alongside this news, a new set of gameplay trailers have also been provided to showcase the Synthesis gameplay for you to observe yourself. You can view these below:
It wasn’t too long ago that KOEI Tecmo announced a nifty Limited Edition for Atelier Lulua, which you can pre-order now over at NIS Europe / NIS America Online Store.
Atelier Lulua ~The Scion of Arland~ will be releasing May 21st in the US and May 24th in EU for Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam.
What are your thoughts on the Synthesis gameplay for Atelier Lulua? Are you excited to get your hands on the game this May? Let us know in those comments!
The fourth instalment to the Arland series of Atelier games was a surprise announcement last year, coming to be known as Atelier Lulua ~The Scion of Arland~. Now KOEI Tecmo have given the title and official release date for the Western market.
Atelier Lulua will be launching May 21st in the US and May 24th in Europe.
You can read the full press info below straight from the horses’ mouth:
KOEI TECMO Europe today revealed that the latest entry in GUST Studio’s cherished Atelier franchise, Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland, will release for the Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and Windows PC via Steam® on the 24th May 2019 across Europe. Atelier Lulua continues the story of the fan-favourite Arland trilogy, set several years after the 2012 release of Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland.
Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland invites players to assume the role of Elmerulia “Lulua” Fryxel, a young aspiring alchemist training under former student turned mentor, Piana. Lulua studies diligently to fulfil her dream of becoming a great alchemist just like her mother, Rorolina Frixell; but during her training Lulua discovers a mysterious Codex, awakening an ancient power within her that enables Lulua to decrypt but a single page – with many more riddles for her to unravel. Players will be tasked with performing actions focused around the core Atelier series gameplay – Gathering, Battle, and Synthesis – to allow them to decipher more of the text, as well as learn exciting new types of alchemy.
Lulua sets off to Arland in the hopes that she can improve her powers and uncover the riddles of the Codex. When arriving, she learns that her mother’s atelier shop has been forced to close. Relying on the help of the Codex, Lulua works hard to save the shop before it’s too late. The first steps into her new adventure are filled with excitement, but little does Lulua know that Arland is home to many mysteries yet to be awoken.
On their journey, players will meet a compelling cast of companions, with some familiar faces joining the line-up, including: the most renowned alchemist and mother of Lulua, Rorolina Frixell; the ex-apprentice of Rorona and influential alchemist, Totooria Helmold; keen adventurer and private guardian of Totori, Mimi Houllier Von Schwarzlang; and former knight turned chief of the ‘Guardian Force’, Sterkenburg Cranach.
As another addition you can check out a new heart-warming trailer just below:
Atelier Lulua will also be launching on the Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam.
What are your thoughts on Atelier Lulua? Will you be picking it up this May? Let us know in those comments!
Gust Corporated – the developers of the Atelier Series – have announced that their upcoming Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists title will be getting a Season Pass. Not only that they have also announced that first print runs of the game will have the Season Pass included for free. Keep in mind that this is currently only confirmed for the Japanese release.
But what does the Season Pass offer you might ask? A fair amount of content to make the ride just that much more enjoyable. You can see the full list below:
Pack #1: Gust 25th Anniversary Background Music Pack 1 (120 songs) – Planned to release 31st Jan in Japan.
-A background music pack that lets you change the in-game background music. It includes 120 songs from Ciel nosurge: Ushinawareta Hoshi he Sasagu Uta and Ar nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star.
Pack #2: Gust 25th Anniversary Background Music Pack 2 (110 songs) – Planned to release 7th Feb in Japan.
-A background music pack that lets you change the in-game background music. It includes 110 songs from Nights of Azure, Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon, and Blue Reflection.
Pack #3: Gust-chan (Town resident) – Planned to release 14th Feb in Japan.
-Gust-chan becomes a resident of your town and will lend a hand in town-building. Gust-chan will also have her own dedicated events.
Pack #4: Atelier 20th Anniversary Celebration House (Special Building) – Planned to release 21st Feb in Japan.
-A familiar barrel-shaped house featuring Punipuni and the 20th anniversary logo.
Pack #5: Statue of the Alchemist of the Mysterious Book (Town Statue) – Planned to release 28th Feb in Japan.
-Sophie, who won the “Thank You for 20 Years of Atelier Character Poll,” in statue form.
The season pass and packs will also be release separately at a later date. We can only hope that a similar system will be launched alongside the western release of the game – as it seems Gust is really going out to celebrate the Atelier lineage with this.
Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists launches on 26th March (US) and 29th March (EU) for Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam.
What are your thoughts on Nelke getting a Season Pass? Do you hope we get the same treatment in the West? Let us know in those comments!
Atelier Arland Trilogy DX is out now digitally on Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam. You can buy Atelier Rorona, Atelier Totori or Atelier Meruru individually or all together in one bundled price. The games are their “Plus” variations, which includes every piece of DLC released for each of the games.
You can read KOEI Tecmo’s full information on the trilogy below:
The deluxe pack includes all three beloved GUST titles featured in the Arland trilogy: Atelier Rorona: The Alchemists of Arland DX, Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland DX, and Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland DX. The pack includes most of the previously released DLC content and gives players the opportunity to choose between purchasing these titles individually or as a package containing all three at a discounted price.
The Arland series, which launched in 2009 with the debut of Atelier Rorona: The Alchemists of Arland – the 11th game in the Atelier role-playing franchise – and quickly became a cult classic across the world; spawning sequels featuring new Arland characters, including Totori and Meruru. The fourth game in the series, Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland, is scheduled for a Spring 2019 release.
This is the perfect chance to get fully caught up to date on the story so far in time for the release of the fourth entry coming Spring of next year.
Below you can check out the launch trailer to see all three games in action!
What are your thoughts on the Arland Trilogy DX? Will you be picking any of the three up? Let us know in those comments!
As is quite predictable these days, the latest entry to the Atelier series Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists has secured a March 2019 release date. Specifically March 26th for Americas and March 29th for Europe. Along with this release date announcement, you’ll be able to get the game in physical form, digital, or even in a Limited Edition set for the console versions.
You can read the full press release below detailing what to expect in the upcoming title:
Today, KOEI TECMO Europe revealed the highly-anticipated release date for Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New World, alongside a variety of exciting gameplay features. The latest entry in the Atelier series is slated for physical and digital release on the 29th March 2019 for the PlayStation®4 Computer Entertainment System, Nintendo Switch™, and digital-only on Windows PC via Steam®.
In Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New World players assume the role of young noblewoman, Nelke von Lestamm; tasked with building up the quaint village of Westwald into a prosperous city. For her to develop buildings and extend the size of Westwald, she will need to earn money from the businesses she runs or sell synthesised items for cash.
Exploring the areas outside of Westwald with alchemists allows Nelke to collect raw materials perfect for synthesis. Though she is inexperienced in the art of alchemy, she’ll have to entrust one of the many alchemists in town to synthesise the resources into sellable goods. Each alchemist has their own specialties which allow them to offer improved item creation – players will have to carefully decide what would be the most effective alchemist for which items.
A Weekly Report is prepared at the end of each week which shows the current town population, the amount of income made, number of properties, and the number of synthesised items. Using this report, players can decide how they will spend their time in Westwald, perhaps they will tackle quests and town development during the weekday and develop relationships with residents on the weekend. As Nelke spends time with people in Westwald she’ll deepen her bonds with them leading to not only exciting events between characters, but new town facilities and alchemist skills which aid in both synthesis and battle!
Fans of the Atelier series will be able to get their hands on a delightful Collector’s Edition of Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New World, exclusively available through the NISA Europe Online Store. This must-have version of the game contains a hardcover art book, the game’s official soundtrack, a deluxe cloth poster, and an acrylic standee featuring the main character Nelke, all packaged into a beautiful collector’s box featuring artwork of the famous alchemists which appear in the game.
The game is looking to be a great spin-off with some interesting Town-building mechanics to spice things up. The game will be releasing in March 2019 for Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam. We also want to mention that some places have been miss-reporting the game is coming to XBOX One, but this is not the case, so please keep that in mind.
What are your thoughts on Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists? Are you excited to pick it up in March? Let us know in those comments!
KOEI Tecmo and Playstation generally go hand in hand when it comes to game releases, and right now in Europe there is a Playstation Plus Double Discounts sale going on for a miriad of titles on PS4. Double Discounts sales mean that you’ll save double if you are a Playstation Plus member, while just a regular sale price for those who aren’t. You can see the full list of titles below:
PS Plus (%)
Arslan the Warriors of Legend
A.O.T Wings of Freedom
A.O.T 2 Deluxe
Dead or Alive 5 Last Round
DOA5LR Season Pass 3 + Character
DOA5LR Season Pass 5 + Character
DOA5LR Season Pass 6
DOA5LR Season Pass 7
Dynasty Warriors 8 Empires
Dynasty Warriors 9
Dynasty Warriors 9 Digital Deluxe
Dynasty Warriors Godseekers
Nobunaga’s Ambition Taishi
Nobunaga’s Ambition Taishi Deluxe
As you can see quite a variety of titles to pick up if you haven’t had the chance to already, even some of those pricey DLC for Dead or Alive 5 Last Round! Keep in mind though the sale ends 23:59 21st November (GMT).
What are your thoughts on the titles in the sale? Are you planning to pick any up? Let us know in those comments!