With the upcoming release of Atelia Lulua: The Scion of Arland, the staff at Remote Play were kindly invited by Koei Tecmo for a hands on preview of the game. The Atelier series Is a JRPG developed by the Gust Corporation since 1997. The game focuses on alchemy requiring players to collect items and combine them in recipes to create better items. The games are known for its anime art style and traditional battle system.
Following the adventures of the young Lulua Frixell, an energetic and positive young girl who studies alchemy diligently to live up to the legacy of her mother – the famous Rorona Fryxell. Supported by her close childhood friend, the hardworking and caring Eva Armster, she works hard to fulfil her dream and become a renowned alchemist. Fans of the Arland series will be able to re-meet old characters, and re-explore the land of Arland, to see how the flow of time has changed everything they once knew. 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 to help Lulua in her quest to learn the ultimate truth about the mysterious kingdom of Arland.
Atelia combines exploring for raw material, alchemy (synthesis) and combat, with larger than life characters and a chamming storyline.
In the demo we played, which represented a small segment of the map, we travelled through forests, towns and a dungeon. The graphics were optimised for the PS4 Pro and were colourful and bright, perfect for an anime JRPG.
Where the games comes into its own, is using the raw material you find during your travel to synthesise new items. Players can take raw materials with the Awakened Effect to give new items synthesised a secondary element. For example combining a Fire Damage Awakened Effect item with a Thunder Bomb, which result in a bomb that has both thunder and fire damage,
The games features a turn-base battle system where players can form a party consisting up to five members: three attackers with two additional take a supportive role.
Attackers have an arsenal of unique skills, for example Eva can use the Range Shift skill to expand her area of attack for a few rounds. Support members automatically perform Assist Attacks to compliment the attackers’ action.
I found combat to be fast and fluid with a focus on being tactical in each battle.
The game will have over 40+ hours of gameplay and for those who want to experience everything the game has to offer between 60-80 hours of gameplay..
The game is due out on May 24th on PS4, Nintendo Switch and the PC. There will also be a Limited Edition version of Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland, exclusively available through the NISA Europe 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, all packaged together in a delightful collector’s box featuring artwork of the young aspiring alchemist, Lulua.