Today Koei Tecmo released two gameplay trailers and two screenshots of the upcoming JRPG Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland.
The trailers and most of the screenshots focus on the extensive Synthesis system, that received new features compared to its predecessors. More images feature the Alchemy Riddle, field exploration, the map view, and even fishing.
We also get some official information directly from Koei Tecmo.
“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.”
We also get to see the charming limited edition of the game, which will include a hardcover art book, the “Sound Archives” official soundtrack, keychains portraying Lulua herself and her mother Rorona, and a deluxe cloth poster.
You can check out all the assets below.
If you want to see more about the game, you can enjoy another recent trailer and gameplay, more screenshots from a few days ago, the previous trailer, and even more images featuring the return of Meruru and Keina.
Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland will release in Japan tomorrow, March 20, for PS4 and Nintendo Switch. We recently got the announcement of the western release dates, which will come just a couple of months later on May 21 in North America and May 24 in Europe. Western gamers will also be able to enjoy a PC version via Steam on top of PlayStation 4 and Switch.