Atelier Ryza had record sales for the series and hoping to ride the success wave the sequel Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy is heading our way on the 29th January, (for European console players) courtesy of publisher Koei Tecmo. Earlier if you are in Japan (3rd December 2020) and 26th January 2021 for North America and PC gamers.
Atelier Ryza 2 takes place three years after the end of the previous game. After her friends left Kurken island to pursue their dreams, Ryza remained behind, continuing her alchemic studies and also serving as a teacher to the younger children in the village.
One day, Ryza receives a letter from Tao, telling her about how ancient ruins around the city of capital city of Ashra-am Baird might have something to do with alchemy. Ryza’s friend invites her to come over. At the same time, she is asked to investigate a mysterious glowing stone. She takes the stone with her and heads to Ashra-am Baird, where she reunites with old friends, meets new ones, and also discovers that her stone is in fact an egg which hatches a mysterious creature that she names Fi.
Gameplay remains mostly unchanged from the first game. There are some changes though.
On the field, the biggest addition would be how the player can craft or obtain tools that affect exploration and movement such as a grappling hook to traverse crevices. Additionally, it is now possible to jump over smaller obstacles, greatly reducing the number of invisible walls around the world.
The battle system is mostly identical to the previous game’s, but has been further refined.
The addition of the skill chain system, however, now allows the player to use multiple skills in a row for as long as AP remains, and also increases the power of skills the longer a chain gets. Also, the tactical level now gradually increases automatically as characters perform actions, removing the need for the player to balance AP for skills and raising the level.
Also new is the Evolve Link system, in which the player can combine an existing item with another one, resulting in the first item gaining increased stats or traits from the second. In some cases, this can result in an entirely new item being created, with a new recipe being unlocked as well.
Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy will be available to play on PS4, PS5, PC and Nintendo Switch.
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