Atelier Ryza 2 set for release in North America on January 26 and Europe on January 29, 2021

Koei Tecmo has revealed the full release dates for Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy  in the West. It will be available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam on January 26, 2021, in North America and January 29, 2021, in Europe. The PS5 version will be only available digitally in the West, but those who purchased the PS4 version—both physically and digitally—will be given an offer to get the upgraded PS5 version at no additional cost.

Western fans will also be able to purchase a limited edition of the game in their respective regions. It will be available from the NISA Online Store in North America and KOEI TECMO Europe Online Store in Europe. Other than a physical copy of the game and an exclusive DLC costume, the limited edition box will also contain an art book, mini acrylic charm, deluxe cloth poster, and Japanese clear file folders.

Find the new press release and screenshots for Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy right below. This RPG will be released first in Japan on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Nintendo Switch on December 3. The Japanese PS5 version will also have a physical release, although there is also an offer for a free PS5 digital upgrade to PS4 version owners. Koei Tecmo also announced in Japan that the PC version will be available on January 26; the same day as the North American release.

Atelier Ryza 2 screenshots

In Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy, Ryza is not only joined by returning fan-favorites like Lent Marslink and Tao Mongarten, she also meets a number of new characters who will help her throughout her adventure. Inside the Academy District café, Ryza meets a young woman by the name of Zephine Baudouin. Zephine manages the request bulletin board inside the café, and the bulletin board becomes a key part of Ryza’s day-to-day exploits – it’s used by citizens of the Royal Capital to post jobs ranging from delivering materials to defeating monsters – and as Ryza completes these tasks, she will be compensated with monetary rewards, materials, and even Skill Points. Other intriguing characters inside the Royal Capital include the talented blacksmith and engraver, Dennis Holland; shopkeeper and former acquaintance from Kurken Island, Romy Vogel; and farmworker Cassandra Cappelli, whose father owns an obscene amount of fruitful land inside the Royal Capital’s Farming District.

As Ryza and friends embark on their journey, they encounter enemies and monsters throughout the land, and madness and mayhem ensue. Parties now include 3 battle members and 1 sub-member, and all heroes will now be aided in the game’s exhilarating real-time tactics battles thanks to the ability to build up Action Points and Core Charge. As party members build up Action Points, characters will be able to unleash multiple Skills in a row via a Skill Chain. By using the Skill Chain ability, the power of all skills increases as well as the amount of Core Charge gained in each attack – the function needed in order to also use items – enabling you to unleash devastating attacks like throwing waves of bombs! In addition, by using skills your gauge fills up and after it exceeds a specific amount, your Tactics Level increases. As your Tactics Level increases, the amount of times your regular attacks hit also increases, and Action Points begin to build up quicker. If your Tactics Level reaches the max, you can activate a special technique: The Fatal Drive!

Along with the new gameplay and character details, KOEI TECMO also revealed that gamers who pre-order physical versions of Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy at select retailers will receive the "Beware of Puni!" and "Blue Puni Costume" t-shirt DLC for Ryza! In addition, gamers who purchase a physical or digital copy of Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy during the first two weeks of release will receive an Early Purchase Bonus code for the Summer Fashion Costume Set. Gamers who have save data from Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout will also be able to unlock the Classic Costume Set, including outfits for Ryza and her friends from the previous title.