Koei Tecmo announced that Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland would launch in North America for PC, PS4 and Switch on May 21st, 2019. Europe will get their hands on the latest Atelier game just a few days later, on May 24th. The English release also comes just two short months after its launch in Japan. Combining familiar faces with new gameplay mechanics, Atelier Lulua hopes to mark a triumphant return to the trilogy that many people associate with the Atelier series. We'll see just how well Gust's return to familiar territory is with Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland later this May.
The 20th mainline Atelier game sees a return to the Arland series of games, last revisited in 2012. Picking up several years after Atelier Meruru, the titular Lulua is the daughter of hallowed alchemist Rorona, who starred in her own game in 2010. A budding alchemist herself, Lulua studies under the direction of her talented mentor. While improving her alchemy, Lulua stumbles across a mysterious Codex, and sets out for her mother's homeland in order to discover more about the mysterious book. Upon arriving, however, Lulua finds out her mother's shop was forced to close. Lulua now has to balance reopening and running her family's shop and also improving her own alchemy skills.
An impressively prolific series, many of the Atelier games haven't concerned themselves with plots of world domination or impending catastrophe. Instead, the drama is more personal, the conflicts immediate. Atelier Lulua looks to be no exception. Longtime developer Gust also announced this week that Atelier Lulua had gone gold, and Siliconera noted that a demo will come with an issue of Famitsu soon. Atelier Lulua is said to contain new battle and synthesis systems, as well as sharing some mechanics with the Mysterious trilogy of games. With the Japanese release spinning up for March 20th, the English release isn't far behind. North America and Europe can step back into the Arland series this May.