The countdown ended today for the gameplay reveal of Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & The Secret Fairy. As the first game in the Atelier series to have a direct sequel, it’s kind of a big deal. Fortunately, the “in-development” footage looks decent with a lovely watercolor feel to the visuals. Despite being over a minute long, we only have glances at the combat, Ryza stirring what I can only assume is an alchemy pot, and snippets of cities and green areas.
The story takes place three years after the events of the first game. Ryza will venture to the capital city of Ashra-am Baird. In the Royal Capital, she runs into Klaudia who has been reminiscing about her past adventures and longs to go on another. Although other friends will be confirmed in the future, Ryza also meets the mysterious Fi. Although Fi doesn’t speak, Ryza and Fi quickly become friends. Fi joins Ryza as she searches ruins to uncover the secrets of the lost legends.
You will learn new skills and abilities for the game, and one of the biggest is swimming. The trailer shows Ryza jumping off a cliff into the water and cuts to her swimming under the surface. This will be an important skill, because you’ll need it to access an underwater dungeon.
We only have a holiday 2020 release window so far, but Koei Tecmo have announced some bonuses for fans. If you purchase the game in the first two weeks, you’ll receive a bonus code for the Summer Fashion Costume Set. If you have save data for the first Atelier Ryza game, you’ll automatically unlock the Classic Costume Set with costumes from the first game.
Check out the trailer and the screenshots at the bottom while you get ready for a very busy holiday gaming schedule.