Atelier series gets new sequel

Popular Japanese franchise drops old characters and traditional world for a new face and new place.


TOKYO--Japanese publisher Gust will be releasing their sixth game in the Atelier series, according to Famitsu. Titled Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana, the PlayStation 2 RPG will once again tell the story of an alchemist's journey, but for the first time in the series, the main character will be a boy, Krein Liesling. In the game, Liesling is accompanied by a young, female exorcist named Ryta Banchimont and a small tree fairy named Popo. The game takes place in a world called Legalzein, a world full of Mana fairies and natural elements.

Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana will let players create new items by mixing different forms of natural elements and ojects from the game enviroment. Doing so requires the help of the Mana fairies, so establishing good relations with them is a key factor in the game. While the field screen appears to still adopt a quarter-angle view, the battle field consists of a side view screen (similar to Namco's past Tales series). Currently, it is unknown why the game’s title doesn't correspond to the main character’s name, as the series has traditionally done.

Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana is currently 60 percent complete and is scheduled for release in Japan this coming May. It should retail for 6,800 yen ($64).

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