Koei Tecmo and Gust have released new information and media for Atelier Lydie & Suelle: Alchemists of the Mysterious Paintings, introducing new characters, familiar faces, and battle system details.
Firis Mistlud returns from the most recent Atelier Firis, now 19 years old and is a playable character. Now an accomplished alchemist with a fluorishing shop in Melveille, she learned how to wield a bow from Liane and is training as a hunter.
Ilmeria also returns from Atelier Firis, also 19 years old, and while she is not a playable character, she has become Lydie and Suelle's Alchemy teacher. Although her mentorship to the twins was not fully by choice, she still remains enthusiastic about teaching the two.
We are also introduced to Roger Marlen, who is Lydie and Suelle's father. While he has incredible talent as a painter, he is a failure of an alchemist. He is a bit lazy and wasteful, and his mad-scientist tendencies often lead to his daughters to criticize him and call him a 'no-good dad'.
A new Atelier Rank system has also been implemented, and in order to reach the highest atelier rank, the player must take exams provided by the kingdom. However, in order to take the exams, the player must first raise the atelier's reputation by following the actions written in Suelle's "Ambition Notes" in both the real world and in the magical paintings. By collecting materials and crafting desired items, your Reputation will rise, you can increase your rank, and more Mysterious Painting worlds will become available.
The battle system in Atelier Lydie & Suelle features three pairs of characters, with one character in the front row and the partner in the rear. Certain actions by the lead character will cause the rear character to perform a Follow-Up skill, and various follow-up skills have different combination triggers. Lydie and Suelle can perform in-battle alchemy in the rear line to create battle-only items, which can help gain the upper hand in combat. Other characters can perform a guard skill to mitigate damage done to the front line. Certain character combinations can also perform special attacks.
Finally, Koei Tecmo announced that first-print copies of the game in Japan will include bonus cameo costumes for Lydie and Suelle based off the first two games in the Atelier series. Lydie can dress as Marie from Atelier Marie: The Alchemist of Salburg, and Suelle can dress as Ellie from Atelier Ellie: The Alchemist of Salburg 2.
Find new screenshots character artwork in the gallery.
Atelier Lydie & Soeur: Alchemists of the Mysterious Paintings is set to be released in Japan on December 21 and in the West in Early 2018. In case you missed it, check out the localization announcement and TGS Trailer for Atelier Lydie & Suelle.