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Atelier Series Goes DS
09.16.06 - 8:44 PM

Today, Gust announced its first DS project, titled Atelier Lise: Ordre no Renkinjutsushi. The game's protagonist is a 15-year old princess by the name of Lisette (Lise) Lander. Her country, the Kingdom of Lander has slipped into bankruptcy and Lisette herself becomes distressed by the debt. In order to reclaim her kingdom from the clutches of the Rockheim Bank, she decides to start earning money with alchemy. Because of this experience, money has become very important for her. Other characters include the beautiful Lolotte Stasille, the young alchemist Alf Octrhein, the wealthy and famous Ealie Mitter, the 24-year old Eleore, troublemaker and female alchemist Poin Stadt as well as two animals called Coron and Wicky.

In order to earn the money she needs to get her kingdom back from the bankers, Lisette is required to perform various alchemic taks for the people she meets throughout the game. No Atelier game is without item fusions, and Atelier Lise is no exception to that rule. This time however, the development team has added a twist; during fusions, certain accidents can occur. These accidents will trigger certain minigames. The player's performance in such a minigame will then determine the outcome of the item fusion. The items required for fusions can be found in the game's various dungeons. Exclamation marks on the field map lead the player to these items. As an example for the use of the DS' stylus and touchpad, players might have to shake a tree using the stylus, causing an item to fall into the river beneath. Players then have to be quick and pick up the item, before it drifts away. Battles apparently will also make use of the stylus in similar fashion, even though no details have been announced so far.

Lise sells items through an unmanned shop. After putting an item there, potential customers might buy Lise's creations. However, players need to pay attention to what they sell, as customers might get angry if a product does not work the way it is supposed to.

Atelier Lise: Ordre no Renkinjutsushi will be available in Japan sometime this winter for 4,800 yen ($40.81 USD).

Chris Winkler

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