Koei Tecmo has released new video, screenshots, and information on Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland introducing the game’s core synthesis system.
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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 traveled 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 synthesize 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.
Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland is due out for PlayStation 4 and Switch on March 20 in Japan, and for PlayStation 4, Switch, and PC on May 21 in North America and May 24 in Europe. NIS America will distribute a limited edition in the west. A demo is included with the February 21-released issue of Weekly Famitsu.
Watch the footage below. View the screenshots at the gallery.