With the release of Koei Tecmo and Gust’s adventure RPG, Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy approaching quickly, fans become hungry for more content to hold them off until release. Without spoiling story elements, we wish to learn more about how this project came to be.
In an interview with Gust Brand Manager and Atelier Ryza Producer Junzo Hosoi, Noisy Pixel asked about the new streamlined battle system. In the previous entries, the team has juggled with keeping true to the turn-based nature of JRPGs, but we get a blending of the two here.
Hosoi-san says, “I think that the battle system in this game is the result of adjusting it to make it easier to use based on our experience with the previous game. The AP and CC cost flow has been restructured so that it’s more natural, and from that, the hassle of using the system has been resolved.” We asked if they ever plan to return to the traditional turn-based style, and he added, “it is one of our options, but we’re planning on seeing the player feedback before considering it.”
Hosoi-san added that the game wouldn’t have a New Game+, but there will be post-game events for players to experience. On that note, a significant tease was after we asked about any previous Alchemists that could get the same treatment as the Arland series did with the release of Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland. Hosoi-san let out a tease by saying, “We are coming up with many ideas, so look forward to them!”
Come on, we all know Firis deserves more of the spotlight.
Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy takes place after the events of Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout, which shipped 500,000 copies worldwide. Atelier Ryza tells the story of a new character in the Atelier series, Ryzalin, a typical everyday girl who has become bored with her mundane lifestyle. After meeting someone special, she discovers alchemy and her whole life changes. She then sets out on an adventure that she never thought she’d go on.
We’ll share the full interview where we talk about Ryza’s growth between games soon.
In case you missed it, check out our preview and the first interview with the producer, and our review of Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout.
Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy coming to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and PC-via Steam on January 26, 2021.
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