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Gust Unveils Atelier Lydie & Soeur

Alex FullerAlex Fuller Managing EditorRPGamer Staff
The first wraps have been taken off the latest Atelier game. Twins Lydie and Soeur star, exploring a mysterious painting.

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  • blurpoblurpo United StatesFull Members
    My only wish is that they remove the time constraints, like it was in Atelier Sophie, my favorite Atelier (I've played them all).
  • swangtalswangtal Full Members
    So book>painting>?? parchment??
  • gaijinmonogatarigaijinmonogatari RPGamer Staff RPGamer Staff
    They probably did, since they've been moving in that direction since Shally. I'd've rathered that Sophie followed the Judie model more closely, though. In-game calendar, no set limit to the game itself, but time limits on non-story job requests (not just hunts).

    In the earlier games of the series, there wasn't much of a central plot, and never anything you might think of as a final boss, so the time constraints really were the enemy the player was striving against. It makes sense that as the series moved towards a more story-oriented pattern, that the importance of time limits would be reduced or removed, but it also meant that in Sophie there came a point where the request list got dominated by high-level stuff and wouldn't reset too often because there were no time limits to the jobs. This led to cash-flow problems at a point when the player really needed to spend money.

    I'd definitely be in favor of re-introducing time limitations on non-essential job requests, simply because that's one of the ways in which the series traditionally introduced elements of difficulty and risk. Can I make this in time? Do I even have all the ingredients? Panic when I come up short on something! That's all part of how the game was played for much of the series history.
  • DungeonRPGDungeonRPG Full Members
    just finished escha logy a couple of years ago....still haven't played shallie yet..
    rip....these games are coming out so fast =(
  • gaijinmonogatarigaijinmonogatari RPGamer Staff RPGamer Staff
    Yeah, it's actually kinda impressive how Gust cranks them out every year without them being carbon-copies. Ayesha, Escha&Logy, and Shallie were all different in tone, set design, and in how they organized their plots.
  • SterkenburgerSterkenburger Full Members
    Hopefully they are done with experimenting around with mechanics this time and give us a decent game
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