[UPDATED] Atelier Lulua Reveals Sterk’s New Design, New Characters Maana and Stea with Screenshots

[UPDATED] Atelier Lulua Reveals Sterk’s New Design, New Characters Maana and Stea with Screenshots

Gust revealed new pieces of information for Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland, including returning character Sterk, details on battles and more.

Today, during the final live stream of the year for the Atelier series, Gust and Koei Tecmo revealed new information on Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland, including multiple characters, the game’s battle and alchemy system, and more.

First off, Sterkenburg “Sterk” Cranach’s artwork and 3D model were revealed. He’s still voiced by Juurouta Kosugi, and in Atelier Lulua he’s the captain of the guards’ corps in Arland. As far as I know he’s supposed to be over 40 years old now, as he was 39 years old in Atelier Meruru. And yet he’s still really handsome and cool.

Two new characters were revealed as well. The first one is Maana, voiced by Yui Kondou. She’s a little girl who lives in the orphanage Eva works at. She has a very mature personality despite her young age. The second one is Stea, voiced by Rie Kugimiya. She’s a girl who shows very few emotions and who doesn’t seem to understand much about other people’s emotions as well.

Ingredient mixing with alchemy was detailed. Each ingredient has a certain element value, like ice or earth, and when mixing ingredients until those element values exceed a certain limit, the effect of the resulting item will change.  There’s also Boost Items, which can only be used once per mix and can enhance the quality of the ingredients.

As for battles, the party is made out of 5 characters, and it seems like items will be usable by characters even when it’s not their turn. This is, however, to be taken with a grain of salt and currently unconfirmed.

Lastly, the artwork of the cover for Atelier Lulua‘s Premium Box in Japan was revealed. You can check it below. You can also check the details for Rorona, Lione, and more, which were previously revealed.

Atelier Lulua‘s Japanese release date, March 20, was revealed with a trailer a few days ago. In the west, the game will launch in Spring 2019, for PS4, PC and Switch.

This post will also be updated after Famitsu releases on Thursday midnight JST, to add more information on the possible item usage out-of-turn feature and new screenshots.

Update: Here’s additional information from Famitsu.

When seeing Rorona and Lulua together and how they act, Sterk sometimes jokingly wonders which one is supposed to be the daughter between the two.

Stea, the girl with the blue dress, will meet with Lulua at an “unexpected” place.

The four elements items can have are ice, fire, lightning, and earth. Ice and fire oppose each other. Same with lightning and earth.

Atelier Lulua‘s battle system is inspired from the Mysterious series, as in Atelier Sophie, Atelier Firis and Atelier Lydie & Suelle. The battle system and the possible feature allowing characters to use items when it’s not their turn will be fully explained on January 10.

The gallery has been updated with more screenshots showing Sterk as a party member, item merging, screenshots and artworks for Maana and Stea, and the party member change screen.

Update 2: Added direct-feed screenshots, artwork, 3d models to the gallery.