The Atelier games will add a new title on May 21st. Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland is going to bring all the resource gathering, turn-battling, alchemy recipes, and what I can only assume will be another extremely sweet story. (Seriously, the story in Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Mysterious Paintings (review) almost gave me diabetes. Fun fact: it was also my most played game of 2018, and you can see your top gaming stats by following the directions here.)
Continuing the story from the Arland trilogy, the new entry follows the adventures of Elmerulia “Lulua” Fryxel. She wants to be an alchemist like her mother. By finding a book of alchemy recipes named the Codex, she goes on a quest to Arland to keep her mother’s shop from being closed. She will meet new friends in other alchemists, adventurers, and a knight. See, it’s a nice easygoing tale.
Underneath that is the true meat of the game – alchemy. As you search areas and defeat monsters, you gather different resources. By combining these items, you can create new items and unlock new recipes. This sounds easy, but gathering the right materials and combining them in the right way can create the best quality or add other stats. Mysterious Paintings was my introduction to the series, but it’s far deeper with more strategy than you might expect at first glance.
Will Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland keep the series’ complexity and give a feel-good ending to Lulua’s story? I can’t see them changing at this point, but we’ll find out when it hits retail on May 21st.
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