KOEI Tecmo has announced a new collaborative title, though this time it is being developed by Gust. The new title in question is Fairy Tail, and RPG based on the manga by Hiro Mashima. This marks the first time Gust has been able to lead a collaborative title for KOEI Tecmo.
You can read below an official description from KOEI Tecmo of the game:
Demons, dark wizards, dragons, and cats – players will find it all as they start your journey in the land of Fiore. In FAIRY TAIL, wizards play through the adventures of Natsu Dragneel and Lucy Heartfilia, as well as other eccentric members of the FAIRY TAIL mage guild, on a fun-filled and thrilling quest. GUST Studios is creating the game under the supervision of author Hiro Mashima, promising a faithful recreation for the FAIRY TAIL world and its unusual inhabitants; including everything from magic to its iconic characters.
More information will be given during the Fairy Tail stage event during TGS 2019, so not long to wait! Check the reveal trailer below!
Fairy Tail will launch in 2020 for Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam. We will have our own game page up in the coming days!
What are your thoughts on Gust leading the helm for a new collaborative title? Are you excited to see the famed Fairy Tail series get a proper game? Let us know in those comments!
Some more news coming out of Tokyo Game Show 2019! The Atelier Dusk Trilogy DX has been announced and will be arriving on Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam worldwide! The trilogy will include Atelier Ayesha, Atelier Escha & Logy and Atelier Shallie, along with all their “Plus” additions!
No release date has been given but it is to arrive soon. We should know more by the end of the month!
Check out the reveal trailer below:
What are your thoughts on Atelier Dusk Trilogy coming to modern consoles? Let us know in those comments!
The Tokyo Game Show is pretty much the Asian E3, in that it has a massive significance in impact for the gaming industry as a whole for Asian developers. KOEI Tecmo who often appear at the event will be setting up shop once again at this year’s TGS. Along with this news they have announced what their lineup will be, which you can check out below:
KOEI Tecmo Japan’s Tokyo Game Show 2019 lineup.
—Atelier Online: Alchemists of Braceir (iOS, Android) – Trailer, Stage, Live Stream
—Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout (PS4, Switch, PC) – Playable, Trailer, Stage, Live Stream
—Uncharted Waters VI (iOS, Android) – Trailer
—Dead or Alive 6 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – Trailer, Stage
—Dead or Alive Xtreme: Venus Vacation (PC, Mac) – Trailer, Stage
—Monster Rancher (Switch, iOS, Android) – Trailer
—Nioh 2 (PS4) – Playable, Trailer, Stage, Live Stream
—Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIV (PS4, PC) – Playable, Trailer, Stage, Live Stream
—New Romance of the Three Kingdoms (iOS, Android) – Trailer
—Yo-kai Watch: Three Kingdoms – Kunitori Wars (iOS, Android) – Trailer
As you can see there are a multitude of titles, along with a lot of different things to expect from them. We also are aware that there are some surprises in store for the event, which is likely to include that recent tease for a new Warriors Orochi title.
The Tokyo Game Show 2019 will be happening 12th September – 15th September. Keep a look out on here as we will be covering all the content and news straight from KOEI Tecmo!
What are your thoughts on the current TGS 2019 lineup from KOEI Tecmo? Let us know in those comments!
It wasn’t long ago that Atelier Ryza was announced, and now we have a Western release set in stone for you all to get excited about. This will mark the third Atelier title to release in this year alone, and sounds to be a completely new series of titles.
Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & The Secret Hideout is coming out 29th October for North America and 1st November for Europe. It will be launching on PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam.
You can read the official description of the game below:
Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout begins an all-new storyline arc in GUST Studios’ fan-favourite Atelier series. The beautiful role-playing game follows the exploits of teenage tomboy Ryza, who dreams of escaping her mundane village lifestyle alongside her band of mischievous friends. One day, as they explore a forbidden island in search of adventure, they meet an elderly magician who will change their lives forever. After some convincing, the old man begins teaching Ryza the enchanting ways of alchemy, launching her on an adventure that will ultimately lead her on a quest to save her hometown from the mysterious and deadly darkness lurking beneath the surface.
In order to showcase the vibrant environments surrounding Ryza, GUST Studios instituted more realistic shadows, giving birth to a world that feels more expansive and filled with life. In addition, the fantastical depictions of the game’s colourful characters continue, pushing the series forward with a mix of both new and familiar visual sparkle.
Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout also introduces RPG fans to an all-new evolved synthesis program that enables alchemists to better understand the effects of synthesis visually. Additionally, the system allows everyone to not only enjoy the experience of developing recipes, but the ability to use the innovative creation system to gather items in the field using various tools — different tools uncover different items at the same location — before crafting unique items never before seen in the series.
Are you excited to start this new journey with Ryza? Let us know in those comments!
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!