Publisher Koei Tecmo recently announced a release date for Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy via Twitter. The all-new JRPG is set to release on January 26 in North America. Meanwhile, our European friends will have to wait until January 29. Atelier Ryza 2 will be available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Switch, and Steam. The PlayStation 5 version will only be available for digital purchase though.
New and Returning Characters
According to Gematsu, Atelier Ryza 2 will introduce new characters such as Zephine Baudouin, a young woman who manages the request bulletin board that Ryza will utilize in-game. Other new characters include blacksmith Dennis Holland, shopkeeper Romy Vogel and farmworker Cassandra Cappelli. Familiar faces such as Lent Marslink and Tao Mongartern will be returning for the sequel.
Limited edition versions were also announced for the PlayStation 4 and Switch (North America). It includes “Tao’s Research Notebook” (an artbook), an original illustration cloth poster, a mini acrylic character charm, a set of 2 two special clear files and a code for Ryza’s “Sonnet of Dawn” costume. These are available for pre-order on NIS America.
The Atelier Series
The Atelier series is a line of Japanese RPGs that revolve around a crafting system called “alchemy”. To date, there have been 22 installments in the main series. The video game developer Gust released the first game, Atelier Marie: The Alchemist of Salburg, as a Japanese exclusive on the PlayStation in 1997. In 2005, Koei Tecmo released Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana on the PlayStation 2. It was the first game in the series to come out in North America and Europe. Since then, the series’ latest installments have been released internationally. The first Atelier Ryza game, Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & The Secret Hideout, is also available on PlayStation 4, Switch and PC. Like many games in the series, it has received positive reviews.
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