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!
Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists is a spin-off to the standard Atelier series in celebration of it’s 20th Anniversary. Bringing tons of fan favourite characters along with characters you may have forgotten all into one mini-universe that focuses on the adventures of the titular Nelke. We want to quickly add this is Impressions from early game, and it is for the Nintendo Switch edition of the game.
Let’s get right off the bat that this is a spin-off, and does have it’s own unique play style and design. It doesn’t play like the normal Atelier experience you have become accustomed to, but that definitely isn’t a detriment to it. If anything, the changes and design choices fit the series for the better, especially with the game’s focus on Town Management over Alchemy based adventuring.
The game starts off with Nelke and her maid Misty walking towards a new region and town known as Westbald. You find out that Nelke has been assigned by her father to become the town’s new Governor. When you first make your way into town (note all this is done in cutscene form) you meet the current village chief; Kunos – a young man who had the village dumped on him by his early retiring father. Kunos will be your go-to man for all general essentials for the village.
Kunos guides you to your place of operations, which is a lavish mansion upon a hill. From there you get put into full hand holding mode to teach you how to play the game. Most of the game is spent in menus and simulation style play. You are given a plot of land with various space to construct and play buildings. You first start off making a general store for veteran character Pamela. You also soon find out that you can head on out and Investigate varying regions outside of the village. This enables you to seek ingredients and materials to further develop your town.
When you go on these investigations you will be put in a walking simulated cutscene, where every now and then your party will stop and find search spots. You have no control aside from the option to “run” which will allow your characters to reach the end faster, but in return you will skip over possible search spots. When you do get given full control, it is when a random battle appears, where you will then go into your typical Atelier style Turn-based combat. This is the usual really, you pick your attack options, after each attack you grow your power gauge in which you can then spend on special attacks. These stack from battle to battle which is handy to prepare for future possibly tougher battles.
When you reach your goal, or your investigation time ends you return back to the town and get a report on what your findings were. Once you have learned these actions you will come across an Alchemist, who happens to be from the Atelier Marie games. Marie is here investigating a local suspicious rumoured Tree, which Nelke is also investigating similar things. They decide to team up and Marie settles in to your town – but for this to be the perfect match you decide to build her an Atelier to call her own.
A familiar face has been your go-to construction guy, who has been handling all your buildings and improvements. It’s none other than Hagel, the often Blacksmith of the Atelier series. You give him materials you need and he will construct the building you desire. After so many days (turns) pass the building will be fully constructed.
Now with the Atelier up, and general shop you can start properly developing your town. Alchemy can be used to create basic items or anything that you come up with. You can then sell them off at the General Store or use them to help with investigations or even for further town development.
You have your town ready in it’s base form now, and you start to get given your own free control of the game. It really is a different kind of beast this game in comparison to it’s other entries in the series. Though it seems like you are watching more things happening rather than personally controlling it yourself, but it suits the style of game that is definitely more like a Town Management Sim than your typical JRPG. Though there are a few hiccups, like it is odd that odd points within talking cut-scenes certain lines of dialog won’t be voiced. We have been really enjoying it so far, and hope that you don’t overlook the game for the next proper Atelier game arriving later in the year. We give this a big thumbs up of approval!
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!
Atelier Lulua ~The Scion of Arland~ was confirmed to releaseMay 21st in US and May 24th in Europe not too long ago. Now it has been confirmed through NIS America that the game will also be getting a nice Limited Edition for both Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch versions of the game (sorry PC users).
Within the Limited Edition you’ll be getting the following:
–A copy of Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland for PS4 or Switch
–Official hardcover “Lulua and the Alchemists of Arland Memorial Art Book”
–Official “Sound Archives” soundtrack
–Set of two acrylic key chains
The Limited Edition bundle though will set you back a fair bit, coming in at £89.99/$99.99 not including postage & packaging. So it’s user’s choice if the content is worth the price, but they are still a nice offering of merchandise to enrich your gaming experience.
Atelier Lulua ~The Scion of Arland~ will be releasing this May on Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam in the West!
Will you be picking up the Limited Edition? Are you excited to play the game? 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!