Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & The Secret Key Had Early Plans to Feature 2 Protagonists

Japanese outlet Automaton Media recently interviewed the Head of Gust, Producer Junzo Hosoi, regarding the upcoming finale to the Atelier Ryza trilogy, Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & The Secret Key. And while several of these exchanges contain previously discussed information from other interviews, there are some intriguing tidbits stated here.

Thanks to our team’s Ryuji for translating the following information.

During the early parts of this third entry’s development, there were plans to feature double protagonists this time around, which was most prominently done in Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings. However, those ideas were scrapped. Hosoi stated the following:

“I was having a lot of trouble, including what to do with the main character. In fact, we had other plans on the table as well. From the time we launched the first Atelier Ryza game, we had been thinking about making this a series with the same main character.

However, people’s feelings can waver quite a bit, such as us when we began work on the third game of this trilogy. I hesitated about having the same main character after Atelier Ryza 1 and 2. So I considered various options, including a plan to have double protagonists, but in the end, I decided to only have Ryza as the main character, as I had thought from the beginning.”

On an offhanded note, development for Atelier Ryza 3 is stated to have started during late 2020 or early 2021; a more precise time frame was not provided.

We’re unsure if these upcoming points are new, but they’re worth pointing out regardless. Hosoi remarked on how they wanted the first Ryza game to be a significant and noticeable visual upgrade from what had come before. However, the team had a tight budget, so they had to be creative.

The stark differences between the dark and light areas in one of Gust’s other games, Blue Reflection, were used as inspiration for helping Ryza 1’s shadows and contrasts have a greater impact. The sun during Summer grants numerous shadows, so the setting of this game worked perfectly with this decision. As a result, Atelier Ryza’s presentation was fresh compared to previous Atelier games.

Ryza’s thighs are also brought up again, though the exchange is essentially the same as the Inside interview we provided coverage for earlier this month.

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Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & The Secret Key is releasing for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam on February 24, 2023.

Lead writer Yashichiro Takahashi has returned to write this third entry. Taking place a year after Ryza 2, the titular protagonist and her friends discover newly appearing islands, called the Kark Isles, near their home of Kurken Island. The party decides to investigate these mysterious happenings but ends up finding a gate within some ruins, with a voice wanting to lead Ryza to the Code of the Universe.

Four regions will be explorable in an open field, all boasting seamless transitions. Keys will also be found and created; they all have unique effects for synthesis, battle, and exploration. Moreover, a total of 11 party members are confirmed.

NIS America is currently hosting pre-orders for a collector’s edition for PlayStation 4PlayStation 5, and Nintendo Switch ($109.99). Learn more via our announcement coverage of the game.


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