As Gust Interactive puts the finishing touches on its new PlayStation 2
title, Atelier Lilie Plus, (a remake of the original Atelier Lilie
for the same system that comes less than a year after the original game's release) more is known about the game's new online
fighting modes. One is a random battle mode that chooses online
partners at random from a sample that meets specified conditions. The resulting allied unit then fights in a tournament battle held
on a specific day, and it is possible to have the outcome displayed on the game's Web site.
Additionally, players can enter the "plus battle" mode and choose a character, an item to carry, a rank and an action
pattern for the character. Action patterns are strategic directives triggered by specific situations. For example, a character
can be directed to use medicine on an ally when his or her HP falls below 20 percent.
Atelier Lilie follows the exploits of a young alchemist, Lilie, and constitutes the
third entry in the series. The updated version's release is set for April 4, 2002 in Japan, for 4800 yen, or roughly $37.00 US.
Those hoping for a North American localization are advised to roll in the nearest
bed of four-leaf clovers, wear a golden horseshoe at all times, never keep two canaries in the
same room of your house, under no condition engage in the killing of whippoorwills, and above all else, to clamp your ears whenever an owl goes to hollering.