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Koei Tecmo shares a Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout survey, asks about the future of the series

What do YOU want from the Atelier series?

If you've played Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout, Koei Tecmo wants to hear from you. Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout has been the biggest hit in the entire franchise, and Koei Tecmo wants to make sure they capitalize on what you loved, and work away from what you didn't.

The survey is fairly short and asks a bunch of standard questions about your time with the game. There is one blurb at the bottom that asks what kind of features and changes you'd like to see in future Atelier titles, and you have up to 3,000 characters to share your thoughts.

Take the survey here

Have a listen to a soundtrack preview for Fairy Tail

Fairy Tail tunes

We've had all sorts of content related to Fairy Tail pop up this week. There's been a new trailer, a character reveal, a batch of screens, and more. That content ball continues to roll today a 5 minute soundtrack sampler for the game. Grab your earbuds and give it a listen!

Monster Rancher update on the way

New content announced

Koei Tecmo has announced that an update is slated to hit Monster Rancher sometime in April 2020. This update will add in save data slots, a Tournament mode, more music data, and a new monster.

Fairy Tail devs open up on how the game's delay has helped them, Ezra's bonus costume revealed

Making for a better game

Just two days ago, we featured a few snippets from this week's Famitsu pertaining to Fairy Tail. The focus of that piece was the inclusion of Gildarts Clive, as well as the “Eclipse” and “Tartaros” arcs. There was also a quick breakdown of how the dev team has been spending their time since the game was pushed back from March to June 2020. We now have the full breakdown of how the delay has been put to good use, which you can find below.

- The game’s system, the screenplay, and the game balance have all been brushed up.
- More Unison Raid attacks have been added, including some with characters who never did one together in the original manga. - This will allow fans to enjoy unique combinations in the game.
- Hiro Mashima gave new feedback on how to improve the game.
- Gust asked feedback from Hiro Mashima on which characters to pair together for the new Unison Raids.
- Mashima also helped with the Unison Raids’ screenplay.
- A new rank up system for the characters
- Characters gain points when clearing quests etc, and you can use that to strengthen them.
- This way, you can easily strengthen your favorite character through another method than level grinding.
- The Lacrima System was improved as well, and new types of Lacrimas can be created, with new effects.
- The game’s lighting, objects, backgrounds were improved.
- The camera work, screenplay, and effects during battles were improved.
- The characters’ animations and facial expressions have been improved.
- The amount of exp earned, certain boss battles and the battle system were rebalanced.

On top of that, the feature included a look at the Erza bonus costume included in first print copies, which includes both physical and digital.

New round of Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout physical copies hitting Europe

Stock up!

If you've been trying to hunt down a physical copy of Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout in Europe, it can be a bit tough. With Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout being the best-selling installment in the franchise, it's no wonder that the game has become hard to find. Thankfully, Koei Tecmo has been on-top of the situation, and they've confirmed that a new round of stock has made its way to select European retailers. Hopefully you can hunt one down!

Japanese first-day sales for Winning Post 9 2020 and My Hero: One's Justice 2

Two good starts

We've got some day-one sales data for two new Switch titles in Japan. Check out how things went for Winning Post 9 2020 and My Hero: One's Justice 2 below.

Winning Post 9 2020

- 40-50% sold
- selling well for an expanded re-release

My Hero: One's Justice 2

- 30-40% sold
- a bit on the low side, but expected to pick up this weekend

Winning Post 9 2020 gets another round of screens and art

Check out more screens and art here

Winning Post 9 2020 has launched in Japan as of today. The game is going to be priced at 8,580 yen, and there's both a retail and eShop version.

Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout updated to Version 1.0.12 in Japan

Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout has been updated to Version 1.0.12 in Japan. This update includes adjustments/bug fixes for the Season Event “Queen’s Everlasting Summer and Secret Island”. It also fixes a text issue with the Korean credits.

Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout producer thanks fans for supporting the game, and discusses lessons learned

Gamers Ryza up

Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout has been a phenomenal success for Koei Tecmo. The title has sold over 350k units in a short amount of time, making it the best-selling entry in the Atelier franchise so far. In an interview with Siliconera, producer Junzo Hosoi took a moment to thank fans for buying the game, and also talked about lessons learned during the game's development.

An extraordinary number of gamers played this game, and we are very grateful for this. The thing I learned the most from this game is that you need to keep challenging yourself.

In this game, we considered everything from scratch, from the theme to the production concept to the visual concept. Even within the company, there were various opinions about the scenario concept and use of the single season of summer.

But because we took on these challenges, I feel that as a result many gamers played this game.

And so, we will continue to create games without forgetting to always challenge things with a positive attitude.

Klaudia from Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout is getting a figurine

Move over, Ryza

Tokyo-based figure manufacturers Souyoku and Soulwing announced at the Hobby Maker Joint Product Exhibition 2020 that they're working on a figurine tied to Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout. Instead of Ryza, it's Klaudia Valentz who'll be getting the figurine treatment. This figurine will be 1/7 scale, but does not have a release date at this time.

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