Today Koei Tecmo debuted a brand new gameplay trailer of the upcoming JRPG-meets-city-builder Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New World.
The trailer showcases some lovely gameplay and we even get plenty of additional details directly from the accompanying press release.
“In order to successfully build a new town, Nelke will be tasked with venturing out into Westwald’s surrounding lands to find raw materials; perfect to entrust to one of the town’s alchemists to synthesize into sellable goods. An adventure party of up to five characters from throughout Atelier’s collection of fan-favourite games will be formed before setting off on an investigation route, with each party member having a role: Attack or Support. During an investigation, players will need to be mindful of the Action Gauge. Running through an area too fast will not only rapidly decrease the gauge, but there is risk of missing items and finishing the exploration with less rewards. The Action Gauge is also used for special Field Events where investigative teams will search for unique items critical to success, like a shovel.
Exploration does come with its fair share of danger, though. While venturing out on various investigative routes, players will encounter perilous foes which must be defeated in order to proceed. Utilising a collection of different skills, players will whittle down the enemy’s HP bar during their time on the Turn Gauge. As attack and support skills are used, the Burst Gauge gradually fills, enabling characters to perform a more powerful ability, striking down enemies with a damaging blow, or using the new power to boost defence. In addition, each character will have their own Drive Gauge, a meter that will be filled from both attacks and the use of the Burst Gauge. Utilising the Drive Gauge is of upmost importance as it enables members of the party to speed up their normal attacks.”
Interestingly, we also learn that the “Town Building 5-Item Set Season Pass” will be free for anyone who pre-orders or purchases the game within the first two weeks from release. It will include Gust 25th Anniversary Background Music Packs 1 & 2, the Atelier 20th Anniversary Appreciation House, the ‘Mysterious Alchemist’ Statue, and an additional resident ‘Gust-chan’.
You can check the trailer out below, alongside a batch of new screenshots and a look at the Limited Edition.
You can also take a look at the massive ad displayed a few weeks ago in Tokyo, showcasing all the characters who will appear in the game.
Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New World will hit the North American shelves on Mar. 26, while European players will be able to play a few days later on Mar. 29, 2018. The platforms are PS4, Switch, and PC.