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Atelier Shallie Plus details synthesis, bosses, Life Task system, and costumes - Gematsu

Koei Tecmo has shared new information and screenshots from Atelier Shallie Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea detailing the game’s synthesis system, boss battles, “Life Task” system, and costumes.

Get the information below.

Synthesis System

Atelier Shallie Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea features a Synthesis system which allows players to craft more efficient items using ‘Synthesis Skills’. These abilities can be utilized by adding certain materials to the cauldron which can bestow a variety of effects upon the final item, such as granting extra uses or increasing the resulting effect. All materials fall under one of four elemental attributes: fire, water, wind and earth. When combined successfully, these elements can activate a ‘Chain’ which further enhances items, resulting in bonuses stronger than those obtained through executing standard synthesis.

Bosses

Players can make the most of their powerful new concoctions when taking on the brand new boss battles that appear in Atelier Shallie Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea. The most prominent of those bosses being the powerful ‘Beast King’s Champion’; a foe of overwhelming strength which will require a skilled team equipped with strong weapons to have any chance when facing off with an enemy the likes of him!

Life Task System

Aside from tackling these new bosses, Shallistera and Shallotte can partake in a wealth of other missions through the ‘Life Task’ system in the game, now returning with new touch screen functionality specifically for the PlayStation Vita. By progressing the story, characters will discover exciting new missions to undertake. Completing these optional objectives will reward the player with experience points, while Special Life Tasks will pit players against powerful enemies to really pump up the danger.

Costumes

Atelier Shallie Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea contains a myriad of brand new costumes designed specifically for the Plus version of Atelier Shallie, ensuring that any Alchemist can craft their own unique style. Players can choose from the Crimson Guard, Grand Pirate Dress, Lady Villain and Cobalt Saber costumes to dress up their team, along with having access to all of the downloadable content originally released for the PlayStation 3 version of the game.

Atelier Shallie Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea will launch for PS Vita in North America on January 17 and Europe on January 20 in limited physical and digital editions. Europe will also receive a standard physical release.

View the screenshots at the gallery.

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The next Zelda game: Hyrule Warriors for Wii U ⊟

Whattttt? A Zelda crossover with the Warriors franchise? Zelda Musou?! That is nuts, and completely unexpected. Under development at Tecmo Koei, the game is not considered part of the main franchise, if that’s not obvious. Hyrule Warriors (working title) is slated to release this spring in Japan, and some time in 2014 in North America.

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There are so many great Linkle tributes already ⊟ 

People might be divided on her name, but the character herself has a lot of fans! There are tons of tributes to Linkle, the newly introduced Hylian heroine debuting in Hyrule Warriors: Legends. The pieces featured above, from top to bottom (and left to right) are from the following talented artists:

Linkle and Hyrule Warriors: Legends will arrive for the 3DS on March 25th.

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Fatal Frame: The Raven-Haired Shrine Maiden ⊟

Even though it’s not a handheld game and the horror series hasn’t made it to the West in some time (not counting the Spirit Camera spin-off), I love Fatal Frame so I had to share this new trailer from the Wii game. This time around, players will use the Wii U GamePad like a camera, moving it around to follow ghosts in order to stun and capture them.

Gematsu offered these details:

“It is set in Hikamiyama, a sacred mountain with a huge lake at its summit from which water gushes abundantly throughout the mountain. It’s a mountain of death, and only those who choose on their own to die go there. They enter the mountain at oumagatoki (the witching hour), when the boundary between the world of the living and the world of the dead is blurred. The game’s story revolves around the concept of water.

The protagonist is named Kozukata Yuuri. She can see those who have been spirited away and captured in the world of the dead and return them to this world. Responding to the requests of those who have been taken, Yuuri visits Mt. Hikamiyama.”

Nintendo will release the Tecmo Koei-developed title in Japan on September 27, a day after the debut of Fatal Frame’s live-action film.

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We finally get to act out this scene!

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Huh, Hyrule Warriors for 3DS?! ⊟ 

Out of nowhere, Koei Tecmo posted a trailer for a 3DS version of the Dynasty Warriors / The Legend of Zelda mash-up, now with Wind Waker characters!

From what it looks like, there’s a hook-up allowing you to unlock Tetra and the King of Red Lions in the Wii U version if you have the 3DS game? The video is for a Japanese release, but I expect we’ll hear plans for the West at E3.

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