Koei Tecmo has provided some additional details regarding the Synthesis gameplay system for Atelier Firis: The Alchemist And The Mysterious Journey. The publisher also revealed the game's pre-order bonuses, and released some new screenshots and a new trailer.
Synthesis is an integral aspect of each Atelier title, and in turn, each alchemist's adventure. Throughout her journey, Firis will devise handy new recipes as she explores the vast land, encounters new companions, and discovers new materials. To match her wanderlust lifestyle, Firis's Atelier takes the form of a portable Atelier Tent that enables her to synthesize wherever she may please. The Atelier Tent can even be personalized with a variety of keepsakes from her adventures, making it feel like her second home.
The Synthesis system in Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey features exciting new additions to suit its newly nomadic nature. For example, Mass Synthesis allows Firis to create large items to overcome obstacles in her path, such as building a bridge to cross a river, or a boat to cruise across a lake. Deciding what to build not only changes the appearance and accessibility of various locations, but can also affect the course of the story. Furthermore, the effectiveness of items can be amplified with the use of special Catalysts, which grant bonuses and provide greater perks to the end result.
The second entry in the 'Mysterious' saga of the long-running RPG series, Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey follows the adventures of the enthusiastic Firis Mistlud. After spending her entire life in an isolated town, Firis learns of the Alchemy Exam and decides to set off on a grand journey to discover the mysteries that life has to offer.
Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey offers expansive settings and diverse locales for players to explore, with views ranging from busy harbors to murmuring rivers, to imposing mountains, and more. Along Firis's heartwarming adventure, she will visit a wide variety of picturesque towns and villages such as Reisenberg, the prosperous city where travelers gather, Mechen, a tranquil village with fields as far as the eye can see, and Flocke, the village of dancing snow.
Each environment has their own particular weather condition, which also affects how you travel. Selecting the appropriate attire for each situation will grant Firis benefits and allow her to easily traverse these terrains. The Snow Bright costume reduces the consumption of Life Points in icy cold conditions, while the Zealous Explorer gear aids travel through blistering heat. Outfits can have countless other effects such as accelerating movement speed, enhancing synthesis abilities or increasing the likelihood of finding high quality materials.
While exploring their surroundings, players will encounter events which they must overcome to access new locations. These challenges will have multiple solutions that can permanently alter the environment. Take a broken bridge, for example – fixing the bridge will allow for easy access to the other side, but taking an alternate route could lead to the discovery of useful synthesis materials. Some of these Landmarks will be quite useful for Firis’s travels and she will need to return to them often. Once visited, Landmarks can be used as Fast Travel locations, allowing Firis to easily travel back and forth across the world.
Atelier Firis: The Alchemist And The Mysterious Journey releases for PS4, PC and PS Vita, on the 7th of March in North America and on the 10th of March in Europe. Those who pre-order the game at Amazon, Best Buy, EB Games or GameStop will unlock two adorable costumes that provide Firis with useful bonuses: the Resort Vacationcostume which increases the chances of finding high quality materials for use in synthesis, and the Wonderland outfit which decreases the time it takes for synthesis and fast traveling between landmarks.