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Second soundtrack sampler for Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout released

5 more tunes to sample

Koei Tecmo has published a second soundtrack sampler for Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout. The two-disc soundtrack features over 60 tracks, and hits Japan on Sept. 25th, 2019 for 3,200 yen. Check out the timestamps for the tracks in this video below.

0:00 to 0:53 – “Himitsu no Kakurega”
0:54 to 1:42 – “Katsute no Yume no Atsumaru Ba”
1:43 to 2:32 – “Kyoboku to Kesshou no Rou”
2:33 to 3:23 – “Kokuu, Mugi no Kaze”
3:24 to 4:14 – “Shirahae”

Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout live-stream event set for Aug. 28th, 2019

First footage of the Switch version to be shown!

Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout launches in Japan on Sept. 26th, 2019, and a little less than a month before launch, Koei Tecmo is planning a live-stream event. The developers has announced a “One Month Before Release” stream for August 28th, 2019 at 21:00 JST, and it's going to feature all kinds of great content.

Viewers can expect the very first footage of the Switch version of the game, Ryza and Claudia recording stories and character details, Toridamono character design stories, and information about the game’s plans to exhibit Tokyo Game Show 2019. Appearing on-stream will be Yuri Noguchi (Ryza voice actor), Hitomi Oowada (Claudia voice actor), Toridamono (illustrator and Atelier Ryza character designer), Junzo Hosoi (Atelier Ryza producer), and MC Akira Tsuchiya (Koei Tecmo).

Koei Tecmo announces TGS 2019 lineup

Just a couple of Switch titles

The Tokyo Game Show runs from Sept. 12th to 15th, 2019, and Koei Tecmo will be there. The company has outlined what they'll be bringing to the show, which you can read up on below. The Switch-related titles are in bold.

Atelier Online: Alchemists of Braceir (iOS, Android) – Trailer, Stage, Live Stream
Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout (PS4, Switch, PC) – Playable, Trailer, Stage, Live Stream
Daikou Kaijidai VI (iOS, Android) – Trailer
Dead or Alive 6 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – Trailer, Stage
Dead or Alive Xtreme: Venus Vacation (PC, Mac) – Trailer, Stage
Monster Rancher (Switch, iOS, Android) – Trailer
Nioh 2 (PS4) – Playable, Trailer, Stage, Live Stream
Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIV (PS4, PC) – Playable, Trailer, Stage, Live Stream
Shin Sangokushi (iOS, Android) – Trailer
Yo-kai Sangokushi: Kunitori Wars (iOS, Android) – Trailer

Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout goes gold

Ryze up!

Looks like development on Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout is a wrap! Koei Tecmo has confirmed that the game has just gone gold, which is great news, considering it releases in Japan on Sept. 26th, 2019! This new installment in the Atelier series looks to change up quite a few things, so hopefully fans enjoy the tweaks.

Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout “Divell’s Embrace” costume trailer released

Dressed for success

Koei Tecmo have released a new trailer for Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout, which features the “Divell’s Embrace” costume. This costume is included with the Premium Box Limited Edition of the game in Japan. There's no word on whether this costume will be sold separately at some point.

Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout's devs go into great detail on the various character changes during development

Characters went through multiple redesigns

Late last week, we checked in on a Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout feature that shared a ton of concept art, as well as insight from producer Junzo Hosoi and character designer Toridamono. Some more specific details from that interview have come through, which have been summarized below.

- the Atelier series usually has character designs with a girly focus, but with Ryza, Hosoi wanted to go with a new direction
- Hosoi felt that Toridamono could come up with a new design and decided to contact him
- Hosoi asked Toridamono to do a trial drawing, which is the image you see above
- this was given the green light, and Toridamono started officially working on the project

“The pressure was huge when I accepted the offer. I can’t do girly designs at all, and I’m no good at drawing frills and such. I worried about whether someone such as myself could be the illustrator for the gorgeous Atelier. At first, I had many worries before I started, and I wasn’t confident, but Hosoi-san kept persuading me and we somehow made it to where we are now.

I remember there was also something about making Ryza ‘boy-ish.’ Around the time of the rough draft she had short hair, but as we went over the plans there was talk about wanting her to be more like an older sister, so we got this illustration." - Toridamono, Character Designer

“So we decided on asking Toridamono-san, and we had him draw Ryza once again, and this is the draft of that (Pictured Above). We went to the Gust development department in Nagano, and had him draw that after discussions with several staff members and myself. At the time we talked about wanting to make her barefooted to bring out an impression of her being someone energetic who runs around.” - Junzo Hosoi

- Toridamono faced struggles of not understanding how to bring out a “boy-ish personality,”
- he was even told “That’s wrong” by Atelier series creator Shinichi Yoshiike
- Hosoi explains that both he and Toridamono were new to working together, so there was a bit of feeling each other out
- Ryza from this design appeared to have had more focus on breasts than thighs, as Hosoi is apparently more a breast man

- Tao was the very first to be completed
- at first he had two bags, but after making him into a 3D model, it switched to just one shoulder bag


- Hosoi felt that Lent looked too pretty, so they decided to put in more details for a new design
- Toridamono prepared about five variants and said to choose whichever one Gust wanted
- none of the designs were chosen, as Toridamono said that he “Kind of didn’t like them”
- the bottom design above is the one that was finally chosen


- Empel has lighter-colored hair
- the reason he wears a lot of layers is because of the remnants of what was previously an old man’s setting

- Lila is a character that is full of mysteries, who is actually half-beast, half-human
- she has a different background from Ryza and the others. For that reason, I had a lot of freedom with her design
- Toridamono decided to go with elements he specialized in to make a character that pops

- the team ran into trouble with Klaudia, who was completed after Ryza
- Toridamono says he isn’t great with the ojou-sama types, meaning he's not great at doing designs for frills, dresses, and stuff
- since Klaudia plays the flute, there was an idea for a tailcoat like the ones conductors wear, but this was scrapped
- some of the earlier designs also had Klaudia show more of her bare legs
- since the childhood friends of Ryza, Lent, and Tao all have darker parts to their legs, he wanted to see lighter-colored legs
- in the end, they decided to stick with the stockings look for Klaudia

Koei Tecmo shares character concept art for Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout

Getting things just right

Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout has a wonderful cast of characters, most of which were cooked up by character designer Toridamono. 4Gamer has a feature that takes a look at the many, many different designs characters went through before they got their final designs, including Ryza. Even Ryza herself went through a bunch of redesigns, including one that Toridamono hated, as he thought it wasn’t what the rest of the team were seeking for the character. CG Director Suzuki helped Toridamono a lot in redoing the design, which lead to what you see in the game now.

Check out the concept art gallery here

Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout gets a new trailer

Koei Tecmo has released a new trailer for Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout. The title is set for release on Switch on September 26th, 2019 in Japan, October 29th, 2019 in North America, and November 1st, 2019 in Europe.

Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout early purchase bonus revealed

Summertime fun!

Ryza’s costume “Summer Adventure!”

This cool outfit for Ryza can be used in event scenes and battles is a perfect match for a hot summer. Enjoy this refreshing look for Ryza!

- Available through the PlayStation™Store, Nintendo eShop, and Steam store.- This item may become available for purchase at a later period.

New details, footage, and screens for Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout's "Gathering Synthesis" feature

Gather round, children

Koei Tecmo has put out another big wave of details on Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout. Today we get an even deeper look at the Gathering Synthesis system. Check out all the info below.

■ Gathering Synthesis

In this game, even gathering fields can be synthesized through alchemy.

“Gathering Synthesis” is a new system that allows you to synthesize your own gathering fields.

There are a great variety of fields you can synthesize with dedicated bottles.

By using different raw materials, you can freely change what type of field it is, what items you can obtain, and what monsters you can encounter.

—A synthesized “Soapwort Greenland.”
—By adding in some “Plant Extract”… it will become a mysterious forest field!
—Or by adding in some “Polishing Agent”… it will become a historic ruins field!
—Or by adding in some “Flam,” it will become a volcano field flowing with lava!

Experiment to create fields of your very own!

Sharing System

By performing Gathering Synthesis, a four-character password will be issued as a piece of information for that bottle. By sharing that password, you can share the field you created with other players.

Players that receive the password can enter it from the “Create from Recipe” option in the “Gathering Synthesis” menu to synthesize if Ryza’s gathering field knowledge is sufficient enough (if she has enough bottles). Share your gathering fields with friends and other alchemists via social media!

—Share the passwords of the bottles you have completed.
—Other players can input the passwords you share with them.
—And then visit the gathering field you created!

Check out more screens here

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