Atelier Ryza releases October 29 in North America, November 1 in Europe; New Characters Introduced
Koei Tecmo has announced that Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout will launch in North America on October 29 and in Europe on November 1 for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. This follows about a month after the Japanese release on September 26.
Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout begins an all-new storyline arc in GUST Studios’ fan-favourite Atelier series. The beautiful role-playing game follows the exploits of teenage tomboy Ryza, who dreams of escaping her mundane village lifestyle alongside her band of mischievous friends. One day, as they explore a forbidden island in search of adventure, they meet an elderly magician who will change their lives forever. After some convincing, the old man begins teaching Ryza the enchanting ways of alchemy, launching her on an adventure that will ultimately lead her on a quest to save her hometown from the mysterious and deadly darkness lurking beneath the surface.
In order to showcase the vibrant environments surrounding Ryza, GUST Studios instituted more realistic shadows, giving birth to a world that feels more expansive and filled with life. In addition, the fantastical depictions of the game’s colourful characters continue, pushing the series forward with a mix of both new and familiar visual sparkle.
Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout also introduces RPG fans to an all-new evolved synthesis program that enables alchemists to better understand the effects of synthesis visually. Additionally, the system allows everyone to not only enjoy the experience of developing recipes, but the ability to use the innovative creation system to gather items in the field using various tools -- different tools uncover different items at the same location -- before crafting unique items never before seen in the series.
This Limited Edition Includes:
- Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout for Nintendo Switch™
- Official Art Book
- Art Cards
- Cloth Poster
- Collector's Box
New Characters and Gathering Spots
Additionally, Gust has new screenshots and information introducing another playable party member in Ampel, as well as three other characters Ryza will meet in the game.
Find our translation on information about these characters below.
Ampel Vollmer (voiced by Hirofumi Nojima) - A wandering alchemist who is studying historic ruins. He rents a house in the Larsenboden village and performs investigations in its surroundings. Although he has plentiful knowledge, a certain incident happened in the past made him no longer able to perform high-grade alchemy.
He is a key character in Atelier Ryza who will teach alchemy to Ryza. He can also participate in battles as a party character.
Bos Brunnen (voiced by Yohei Azakami) -The only son of the Brunnen family, his age is close to Ryza. Being arrogant with high pride, he brandishes his authority as his family manages the village's water source. His physical strength is decent, and he is also actually good at thinking.
Lumbar Dorn (voiced by Fukushi Ochiai) - A timid person who deprecates himself towards strong people. He participates in slandering Ryza and her team by aligning himself with Bows. His loyalty towards Bows seems to be genuine.
Moritz Brunnen (voiced by Ryota Takeuchi) - Bos' father. He also works as a merchant and mediator in the village. Although he does produce results, he uses coercive methods, which causes him to be not well-received.
Gust also details how a gathering spot can spawn different items depending on the tool used. For example on a coconut tree, using staff will drop fruits, using an axe will result in logs, and using a sickle will produce tree bark. You can also use Synthesis to create your own gathering spot.