We'll all get the chance to pick up Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends and the Secret Fairy on February 26th, 2020, which is still a ways off. While we wait for the launch date to roll around, we can at least check out the game's cover art. You can see it above, and as you might have guessed, it puts the game's gorgeous art style front-and-center.
Today's been a big day for Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends and the Secret Fairy! We got confirmation on the NA/EU date, more assets, and now we have even more details! Check out info on the Academy District Cafe, more characters, and battling below, along with another preview for the Atelier Ryza 2 Famitsu DX Edition.
Academy District Cafe
- this is where Ryza meets Zephine Baudoin
- Zephine handles the request bulletin board located inside the café
- this is a spot Ryza will visit daily to take on tasks
- the citizens of the Royal Capital use the bulletin board to post jobs, which vary from delivering and battling
- completing these tasks will get you monetary rewards, materials, and Skill Points
- manages the request bulletin board inside the café
- Dennis is an exceptional blacksmith and engraver in the Royal Capital
- Romy is a former acquaintance of Ryza’s from Kurken Island and is currently a shopkeeper in the Royal Capital
- Cassandra is a farmworker whose father owns a vast amount of fruitful land, with the family farm in the Farming District of the Royal Capital
- you’ll have parties that consist of three battle members and a sub-member
- you can activate an “Action Order” by fulfilling an action request from a party member
- there are different ways to gain AP, including timely blocks
- by answering Action Orders, party members will provide support through “Order Skills”
- characters can activate multiple skills in a row through a Skill Chain, which becomes available by building up Action Points
- the power of all skills also increases while using the Skill Chain
- characters will also get more Core Charge gained with each attack
- the Core Charge is a function required to use items, meaning you can make it rain bombs with enough CC
- charging up your CC lets you activate “Item Rush,” making it possible to use up to four items in a row
- as you progress through the game, you’ll get access to the powerful “Core Drive” special attack based on items
- fill up your gauge by using skills, and once it reaches a certain amount, your “Tactics Level” increases
- as the TLv increases, the number of hits from your regular attacks also increases, and you build up Action Points quicker
- once the TLv reaches max, you can activate a powerful technique known as the “Fatal Drive”
We also got a closer look at some of the goodies included in the Atelier Ryza 2 Famitsu DX Edition. That includes a an IC card pass cardholder, a B2-size poster, an acrylic panel poster, and a “3D Crystal”. You can check out the crystal in action below.
In Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy, Ryza is not only joined by returning fan-favorites like Lent Marslink and Tao Mongarten, she also meets a number of new characters who will help her throughout her adventure. Inside the Academy District café, Ryza meets a young woman by the name of Zephine Baudouin. Zephine manages the request bulletin board inside the café, and the bulletin board becomes a key part of Ryza’s day-to-day exploits – it’s used by citizens of the Royal Capital to post jobs ranging from delivering materials to defeating monsters – and as Ryza completes these tasks, she will be compensated with monetary rewards, materials, and even Skill Points. Other intriguing characters inside the Royal Capital include the talented blacksmith and engraver, Dennis Holland; shopkeeper and former acquaintance from Kurken Island, Romy Vogel; and farmworker Cassandra Cappelli, whose father owns an obscene amount of fruitful land inside the Royal Capital’s Farming District.
As Ryza and friends embark on their journey, they encounter enemies and monsters throughout the land, and madness and mayhem ensue. Parties now include 3 battle members and 1 sub-member, and all heroes will now be aided in the game’s exhilarating real-time tactics battles thanks to the ability to build up Action Points and Core Charge. As party members build up Action Points, characters will be able to unleash multiple Skills in a row via a Skill Chain. By using the Skill Chain ability, the power of all skills increases as well as the amount of Core Charge gained in each attack – the function needed in order to also use items – enabling you to unleash devastating attacks like throwing waves of bombs! In addition, by using skills your gauge fills up and after it exceeds a specific amount, your Tactics Level increases. As your Tactics Level increases, the amount of times your regular attacks hit also increases, and Action Points begin to build up quicker. If your Tactics Level reaches the max, you can activate a special technique: The Fatal Drive!
Along with the new gameplay and character details, Koei TEcmo also revealed that gamers who pre-order physical versions of Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy at select retailers will receive the “Beware of Puni!” and “Blue Puni Costume” t-shirt DLC for Ryza! In addition, gamers who purchase a physical or digital copy of Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy during the first two weeks of release will receive an Early Purchase Bonus code for the Summer Fashion Costume Set. Gamers who have save data from Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout will also be able to unlock the Classic Costume Set, including outfits for Ryza and her friends from the previous title.
Fans of the Atelier series will also be able to get their hands on a delightful Limited Edition of Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy, exclusively available through the NISA Online Store. This must-have version of the game contains an art book, deluxe cloth poster, mini acrylic charm, Japanese clear file folders, and an exclusive DLC costume all packaged into a beautiful collector’s box.
This week's issue of Famitsu has a new feature on Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & The Secret Fairy, and it shares some info on the game's “Real-Time Tactics Battle” system, along with some new characters. Check out the breakdown below.
Battle System: “Real-Time Tactics Battle”
- Your AP increases by guarding against enemy attacks with precise timing.
- When the player character carries out suggestions made by party members called “Action Orders,” a powerful skill called an “Order Skill” will activate.
- When you have built up a large amount of AP, you will be able to use multiple skills one after another with “Skill Chains.” This powers up your skill and increases your CC gains.
- Your gauge will build up as you use skills, and when it exceeds a certain value, your Tactics Level (T-Lv) will increase, allowing you to freely use skills without consuming AP for T-Lv. (In the first game you had to either use AP or level up your T-Lv to use skills.)
- When character level reaches a certain level and T-Lv reaches its max, you can activate a special move called “Fatal Drive.”
- CC builds up as you use skills. By building up CC, you can use multiple items one after another (up to four).
- There is also a special move called “Core Drive,” which you can activate by using items.
Zephine Baudouin (voiced by Rikako Aida) – Manager and face of the cafe in the academic district of the royal capital.
The cafe is a place where you can accept requests. The bulletin board is updated daily. There are requests that you can accept throughout town, as well as those that develop into a series of side stories.
Cassandra Kaveri (voiced by Sayumi Suzushiro) – The daughter of a farmer in the farming district in the royal capital. She isthe oldest of five sisters.
Romy Vogel (voiced by Yuki Nagaku) – She returns from Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout. She has settled in the royal capital.
Dennis Holland (voiced by Ryou Yaginum) – A blacksmith in the royal capital.
The latest issue of Famitsu features a few tidbits on upcoming Switch games in Japan. Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & The Secret Fairy received four new character introductions, alongside details of the game's new battle system. You can check out a scan from one of the pages above that features some adorable artwork.
This week's Famitsu also reveals that development of Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- The Prophecy of the Throne is currently 85% complete, and that Star Renegades will be released in Japan on February 25th, 2020 from DMM Games.
Mario Kart LIVE: Home Circuit, which launches on October 16th, got a full-page advertisement this week. Adverts for Mario games have been included in Famitsu for the past 5 weeks due to Super Mario's 35th Anniversary, and it makes sense for Nintendo to want to promote their upcoming big release.
In an interview with Nintenderos, the producer of Atelier Ryza, Junzo Hosoi, sat down to discuss the upcoming franchise sequel, Lost Legends and the Secret Fairy. Another sneaky question was thrown into the conversation as well, asking about the possibility of the game's protagonist Ryza joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Here is what Hosoi had to say in response (translated using Google Translate):
"I don't think we are included in Nintendo's plans. However, if asked if we would like it to be included, I think the whole development team would answer with a big "YES ..." "
Following TGS 2020 Online, there was a bit of confusion about Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends and the Secret Fair. Some people noticed that there were two videos shown, and one of them seemed to cut content. This led fans to wonder if the game was going to be censored in the West. Koei Tecmo must have heard the chatter, as they shared a message saying that wouldn't be the case. You can check out their statement below.
Despite the differences in Atelier Ryza 2 promotional videos recently shown at TGS, we want to assure fans that the game itself will not be censored in the West. We hope everyone is looking forward to the upcoming adventure!
In Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy, Ryza embarks on a quest to explore the mysterious ruins that lay dormant around the Royal Capital in the hopes of uncovering the truth behind the bygone legends of the land. These ruins offer players unique puzzles to overcome, while discoveries made in the ruins unlock exciting new field actions, including the ability to ride monsters across the land! Ryza will have to rely on her exploration skills, and her capable companions, to guide her way to the ruins and spring her investigation into action.
Another round of details for Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends and the Secret Fairy has surfaced. Nothing too major here, with most of it focusing on how puzzle solving works. Check out the info recap below.
- Ryza embarks on a quest to explore the mysterious ruins that lay dormant around the Royal Capital
- the ruins include various puzzles to solve
- you can make discoveries in the ruins unlock new field actions, including the ability to ride monsters
- the Exploration Diary organizes all of the player's discoveries
- complete your Research List while collecting Ruin Fragments and Memory Fragments to unlock clues
- use the Compass of Recollection to see memories from the ruins to find Ruin Fragments
- solve puzzles to unlock special alchemy recipes
- Lent Marslink is a childhood friend of Ryza who joins her on the journey
- Lent used to have a cheerful demeanor, but now he's a bit standoffish
- those in Japan who buy the game within the first two weeks of release will receive an Early Purchase Bonus code
- this code can be used to access the Summer Fashion Costume Set
- those who have save data from Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout can unlock the Classic Costume Set
Koei Tecmo went into overdrive with their Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy coverage today. For the TGS 2020 Online crowd, the company released a brand-new trailer which you can see above, as well as more gameplay and a soundtrack sampler. Check out both of those below, with the gameplay appearing at the 32:14 to 44:38 mark.
Finally, we have a round-up of new info that comes from the trailer and gameplay. You can find those tidbits below.
- Empel Vollmer and Lila Decyrus are coming back
- the game's theme song is titled "Somewhen, Somewhere…," which was created by Clammbon, and features lyrics by Mito
- the game uses the same world map system from the last game, with each location represented by an icon
- the battle system has been revamped for a bigger feeling of action
- you can now swap active and back row party members during battle
- there's a new Item Rush system as well