Can you have too much of a good thing? A fan may disagree, but as someone who has never played any game from the Atelier series in the past yet also wants to give the series a go, the recent glut of new releases in the franchises is a little overwhelming. In December, all three games from the Arland trilogy were rereleased on PC, Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch, bringing Atelier Rorona, Atelier Totori and Atelier Meruru’s enhanced DX versions to these platforms for the first time. Next month, Atelier Nelke is set to launch on these same platforms, just 3 months after this trilogy of games was released. Now, Koei Tecmo have announced that the newest game in the Atelier series, Atelier Lulua, will be seeing a Western release in May of this year.
Atelier Lulua is set to continue the story of the Arland saga and takes place many years after the events of Atelier Meruru. The protagonist for this game, Elmurlia ‘Lulua’ Frixell, is actually the daughter off the first game in the Arland saga, Rorolina ‘Rorona’ Frixell. After finding a special glowing alchemist book, she decides to try to become an alchemist just like her mother.
While the game certainly seems like it’ll be an enjoyable title for anyone who has played older games in the series, the issue is whether it’s all getting a bit much. Even if you were to count December’s trilogy as a single game instead of the 3 separate adventures it contains within it, this new game will be the 3rd game in the series to be released in the span of just 6 months. Perhaps, considering the fondness for the Arland stories by series fans, this game in particular will be ok, but it does raise questions regarding how successful Atelier Nelke will be and whether these games will inevitably cannibalise the sales of the others releasing alongside them.
In any case, Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland is set for release on May 21st in North America and May 24th in Europe, roughly 2 months after the game’s Japanese release, for Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC.