Koei Tecmo's Gust has provided even more new information for Atelier Lydie & Suelle, their upcoming milestone Atelier game that will mark the 20th anniversary of Atelier series, and also acting as a conclusion to the Mysterious trilogy, at Weekly Famitsu and Dengeki PlayStation magazines.
This batch introduces more new characters and new battle features, and we have compiled and translated the essential information from both magazines for your convenience which can be read right after the jump.
- Mireille Felie Adalett (voiced by Yoko Hikasa)
The 25-years-old receptionist girl of Merveille Castle. However, her true identity is actually the first princess of the Adalett kingdom. She is also Mathias' elder sister. Despite her status as a princess, she is a talented girl who can do anything from daily chores to managing Atelier Ranks.
- Grace (voiced by Sayaka Kinoshita)
Grace is a sister working in the Vigne Church. Despite her young looks, she is actually already aged 55 years old. She seems to be holding a regret towards an incident that happened in the past.
- Onett Marlen (voiced by Hana Takeda)
The late mother of Lydie & Suelle, and Roger Marlen's wife. She was known to have a frail body, and she already passed away 3 years before the beginning of this game's story due to an endemic disease. As a housewife, she did things proactively, and when she was alive she could brighten the atmosphere just by being there.
- Follow Skills
In this game, you will only get to give commands to the front line members. The rear members will automatically use Follow Skills to follow their respective front member's movements. There are various types of Follow Skills, from offensive to healing, and the rear member will use a pre-specified Follow Skill in response to the front member's action. Follow Skills have requirements for the front member such as 'Using a Skill' or 'Heal their HP', so it will be important to consider the compatibility between both members.
- Break & Support Guard
You can Break enemies to put them in a stun state, which gives chances for further attacks. Other front members can also do Support Guard to protect their allies from enemy attacks. Using these features well will increase your chances of winning boss battles.
- Combination Arts
These are special finisher moves that can be launched when a certain couple of characters are paired in the party. There is a Combination gauge that fills when the front member damages an enemy or when the rear member uses their Follow Skills. When the gauge is full, Combination Arts can be launched. Other than the obvious pair of Lydie & Suelle, this article shows 3 more pairs that are possible to have Combination Arts.
- Suelle & Mathias - Full-Power Gun Play
Suelle with her guns and Mathias with his sword will launch incessant attacks like a dance that will deal big damage.
- Lydie & Alto - Sanctuaire of the End
Both Lydie and Alto are alchemists, and they will generate a gigantic magic square that will deal big damage as well as numerous status ailments.
- Sophie & Firis - Alchemy of Happiness
This Combination Art between the past two series protagonists is a supportive alchemy that has healing effects.
Atelier Lydie & Suelle: Alchemists of the Mysterious Paintings will be released for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Nintendo Switch in Japan on December 21. An English localization for the West has also been announced in early 2018, which replaces the Vita with a PC release on Steam.
You can also read the previous information batch which confirms the return of Plachta among others here.