It looks like Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland for Nintendo Switch is shaping up to be a treat for long-time fans.
Koei Tecmo has released more details and screenshots about the fourth Arland title. In particular, we get another look at the grown-up Piana – who is now skilled enough to teach Lulua alchemy! We also get a pretty big snippet about the story’s setting.
Check it all out below, courtesy of Gematsu:
A story of “inheritance” that revolves around “ancient records.”
The setting is Arklys, a town on the frontier of the Arland Republic.
An alchemist girl lives in this town. As the alchemist disciple of Piana, who is said to have aimlessly visited the town, the girl strives to master synthesis day after day. Her dream is straightforward: “to surpass the great alchemist that is my mother.” And her mother’s name—Rorolina Frixell.
This girl, who inherited the Frixell name, one day comes across a book. This book, which cannot be read by anyone other than herself, is incredibly difficult to understand. After managing to decipher the first page, she feels with certainty that some sort of power dwells within her.
Holding on to her natural curiosity and dreams, she makes the decision to decipher the book. That decision will eventually lead to the unraveling of the truth of not only Arklys, but of Arland as well.
■ The Environment Surrounding Rorona’s Daughter, Lulua
Lulua does not have her own Atelier. She uses the covered carriage atelier of her teacher to synthesize items.
Lulua wants to be a prominent alchemist like her mother Rorona, but her ability still has some way to go.
One day, Lulua comes across a book called “Alchemy Riddle.” This book of many mysteries, which is said can only be read by Lulua, will change her future and grant her great power.
■ Familiar Places of the Arland Region Reappear
Lulua will visit locations once traveled by Rorona, Totori, and Meruru. Do these places look familiar to you?
■ New Characters
Fully grown, a girl of Frontier.
- Occupation: Alchemist
An alchemist and Lulua’s teacher. She studied alchemy under Totori, a famous alchemist of Arland, and has grown into a full-fledged alchemist. Nowadays, she teaches Lulua alchemy as her teacher. Proper and helpful, Piana is a skilled instructor, but also has a mischievous side in that she issues difficult challenges to her darling disciple.
Kristoff Aurel Arland (Aurel)
The rumored prodigy knight.
- Occupation: Knight
An adventurer known as an up-and-coming prodigy knight in the Arland region. While cool and candid, he has a serious personality. Although he doesn’t want to get involved in trouble, he tends to poke his nose in others’ business against his better judgment when he comes across someone in a bind. He trains every day with the goal of becoming the “strongest knight” and surpassing “a certain man.”
■ The Characters of Arland Appear Once More
The characters and places that appeared in the Arland series will appear once again—changed by time. Set in a world proceeding the story of Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland, please look forward to a future update to see what form those characters have will take.
Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland is scheduled to launch for Nintendo Switch in the west, during Spring 2019.