During the Tokyo Game Show, Digitally Downloaded sat down with GUST for an interview involving Atelier Lydie & Suelle: Alchemists of the Mysterious Paintings. The members of the team go into the core theme of Lydie & Suelle, Gust’s relationship with Koei Tecmo, and more.
On the theme of Lydie & Suelle:
“The core theme to this one is family, so when we were designing the game we looked at it as a case of ‘what better to show that family relationship and bond between family than using actual family members?’” Hosoi Junzo, Manager of Gust Entertainment Division, said. “It’s not just that these two characters are sisters, either. They’re young, and have a lot to learn. We feel that the slice of life style of Atelier games fitted in with this.”
Here’s more about how Koei Tecmo’s acquisition of Gust and how that may affect the Atelier games:
“The basic theme that we do carry through the Atelier series is a daily life. With Firis we wanted to explore the idea of ‘what if we took the very unusual and made it the norm, and how would fans react to that,’ so we set ourselves a challenge there to see how it would resonate with players.
“With each Atelier game we do take the feedback from the fans and incorporate that into the next game. At the same time there are things that the developers want to try too, so we look to strike a balance between what the developer team and fans want with each title. It’s not really about doing something too drastic to shake the balance, but constantly refine that balance and expectations for the Atelier series.
“We don’t know if Atelier Lydie & Suelle is what we go with down the track and the series is going to be more consistent going forwards; that depends on the response it gets.”
There is a lot more to read in Digitally Downloaded’s interview.
Atelier Lydie & Suelle: Alchemists of the Mysterious Paintings will release on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC in early 2018.
[Source: Digitally Downloaded]