More Atelier Lulua Characters Introduced, Combat Detailed
Gust has provided more details and images for its latest Atelier title, Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland. The new update introduces six more characters appearing in the game, as well as detailing its combat system.
The first new character is Cole Dueller, who previously appeared as a child in Atelier Rorona and now runs a blacksmith’s. Second is Lisa von Beilschmidt, who works as a barmaid Golden Broadaxe Tavern and has a gluttonous appetite. The third character Refle von Beilschmidt, Lisa’s younger sister. Refle works at a jewelry store and is shy compared to her sister.
The fourth character is Jeltje Jeremies, who idolises adventurers. She travels the world aiming to get autographs from famous adventurers. The fifth character is Wild Klinsmann, who is a chef and owner of a resturant. The final character is Pamela Ibis. A recurring character throughout the series, Pamela owns her own shop.
The battle system is based on that the previous game in the series, Atelier Lydie & Suelle. Up to five party members participate in combat, three in the front row and two in the back row. Those in the front row can directly attack enemies, while those in the back use various assist skills, with party members all having their own unique skills.
Atelier Lulua introduces some new elements to combat. The first is the interrupt command, which can be used when the gauge in the lower-right corner is filled. This lets players use an equipped item at any time, and using it as an interrupt skill does not decrease the item’s usage count. Characters can also add special effects when using an interrupt. The second new element involves Primal Arts. These are special effects that depend on the makeup of the front row of characters, such as increasing item effectiveness or reducing damage taken.
Atelier Lulua sees the series return to the setting of Arland and comes shortly after recent re-releases of the preceding trilogy of games. Atelier Lulua is set to be released in Japan on March 20, 2019, for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. North American and European releases are planned for spring 2019 on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.