Koei Tecmo today revealed additional details on the core synthesis gameplay system for the upcoming Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland. The publisher also revealed the game's Limited Edition, a must-have for fans of the series.
Following the adventures of the young Lulua Frixell, Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland has players set out to uncover the mysteries of an ancient codex and the land of Arland itself. Along Lulua’s journey she will discover beautiful lands – some new and some unexplored – while others have been affected by the tides of time since Rorona, Totori, and Meruru once traveled across Arland. Throughout these diverse environments, players will find a bounty of raw materials. As they fully explore each area they will not only unlock new places to navigate, but they will 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 items, giving items powerful abilities that would not be previously possible. These fresh-yet-familiar systems synthesize together with the new Awaken Effect mechanic to offer a bounty of possibilities to aspiring alchemists.
When at the cauldron, players can use a raw material with the Awakened Effect 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 will be able to create a variety of unique and useful items to use throughout the lands of Arland and in battle.
In addition to the new gameplay details, Koei Tecmo also revealed an enchanting Limited Edition version of Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland, exclusively available through the NISA Online Store. The Limited Edition is packed with must-have content for Atelier series fans, including a physical version of the game, a hardcover art book, the ‘Sound Archives’ official soundtrack, keychains of Lulua & Rorona, and a deluxe cloth poster. The Limited Edition all comes packaged together in a delightful collector’s box featuring artwork of the young aspiring alchemist, Lulua.
Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland releases on the 21st of May on PS4, PC and Nintendo Switch.