As we have mentioned before, Koei Tecmo is bringing Atelier Lydie & Suelle westward. Recently, the publisher uploaded a new trailer for the upcoming English release of the RPG from Gust.
The video gives a quick look at a few people who are important to the game’s plot. It also teases some new and enhanced gameplay systems. This time around, the party will fight as pairs. Depending on how they form their teams, players can gain access to special combination abilities. The game also introduces systems that allow for synthesis in the middle of combat. Using Battle Mix, the alchemists can imbue their equipment with special properties or alter the battlefield. Extra Mix allows players to enhance their items for even greater effect. We also get a glimpse of enhancing agents which can cause drastic changes to the board during normal synthesis.
From the press release:
KOEI TECMO America revealed all-new strategic battle features today for Gust’s latest entry to the heart-warming Atelier series, Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings. Set to release on March 27, 2018 for Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and Windows PC via Steam®, players will follow the adventures of sisters Lydie and Suelle through majestic landscapes within mysterious paintings, in their quest to become skilled alchemists.
As they journey through a bounty of colorful locations, the girls will encounter the many surprises each world has hidden within them – with some unfriendly foes standing in their way. The girls will have to use everything in their arsenal to overcome their opponents, including alchemy. For the first time in the Atelier series, players are able to synthesize items while in battle for immediate use through Battle Mix and Extra Mix, with each opening up a range of new strategic options.
Battle Mix focuses on crafting special Battle Recipes that enhance weaponry or cause a drastic change to the battlefield conditions; players stuck in a tight spot with an icy foe could imbue their weapon with fire or even melt away the ice on the battlefield to give themselves the ideal advantage. Extra Mix utilizes pre-synthesized items – heightening their abilities and even adding new characteristics in ways which were previously impossible. In the case of the ever-useful Bomb item, which can be used to attack a group of enemies during combat, Extra Mix allows for the creation of the Enormous Bomb with a wider attack radius and a much deadlier blow. Experimenting with various ingredients can lead to impressive outcomes, with plenty of different items to match each player’s unique gameplay style.
Alchemy is not the only tool at Lydie and Suelle’s disposal, as up to eight quirky companions can enter the fray with the all new Combination Battle mechanic. Building upon the party setup previously featured in the series, each of the four characters will partner up with another to form a strong unit which will effectively engage enemies in close-quarters combat and perform ample support. The four characters at the front of a pair will focus on dealing blows to the opponent, with the four at the back carefully analyzing enemy attacks and jumping in to defend and support as needed. Carefully selecting the right duo that matches the player’s preferred playstyle is a key element of the game; the right pairing can allow devastating Combination Attacks to be performed in their moment of need!
Atelier Lydie & Suelle will launch in North America on March 27, 2018. Europe will get it a few days later on March 30th, 2018. As with other Gust titles, NIS America is selling a limited edition version of the game, which we previously covered. While the limited edition is only available for PS4 and Switch, the game will also release on PC.