Atelier Ryza Producer Reiterates How the Team Was Surprised by the Love Surrounding Ryza’s Now Legendary Thighs

Recently, the head of Gust and producer of the upcoming Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & The Secret Key, Junzo Hosoi, was interviewed by the Japanese outlet Inside.

Nothing new about the game itself is stated, but Hosoi reiterated a particularly humorous admission regarding the prominent thighs of the trilogy’s heroine. Our team’s Ryuji translated the following exchange:

Interviewer: Incidentally, when Ryza uses a key, she has a glorious display of her thighs, huh?

JH: Ah, that. That was a special touch by the production team. (laughs)

Interviewer: It’s not often that a game character is famous for her thighs, is it?

JH: Everyone often mentions thighs, but no developer at that time, or even now, is particular about them. No one ever thinks about going, “let’s show how great our character’s thighs are!”

Interviewer: Really!? So you mean you didn’t intend to do that, but it caught everyone’s attention?

JH: It was thanks to the help of Toridamono-san, who was in charge of character design. I wanted to make Ryza a different type of protagonist from the already-existing Atelier series.

When creating a character, the design can change in many ways, so I asked Toridamono-san, “Why not make her wear a skirt?” and I guess that must’ve triggered an epiphany because it seems he was thinking of making Ryza wear a skirt from the beginning. (laughs)

Hosoi did provide surprised remarks about the reception to Ryza’s thighs back in 2019, but the recency of this question and the astounded answer is still pretty funny.

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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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