Although the release date for the upcoming Nintendo Switch title, Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy, was pushed back to January next year, Koei Tecmo has released more information about the next game in the Atelier franchise. Via a press release, we get more details surrounding characters, bonuses, the season pass, what’s included in the digital deluxe and ultimate editions and more.
Here is the full rundown of what Koei Tecmo shared:
Joining Ryza on her adventure is the adorable and enigmatic creature known as Fi. Ryza and Fi become increasingly close throughout their journey, with the bond between the two deepening as they begin to live together. As Fi continues to grow, Ryza realizes that the creature possesses a mysterious power. Ryza eventually brings Fi to explore the ancient ruins, and when Fi behaves like it wants to go deeper into the unknown darkness, the party discovers a glowing crystal that seems to hold deeper meaning to Ryza’s new best friend.
While exploring the ruins, Ryza and Fi run into Empel and Lila, who initially helped guide Ryza in her adventures three years ago. In fact, Empel is the one who taught Ryza alchemy, while Lila remains one of the fiercest female warriors in the land. The pair continue their search for “something” special in the ruins. Could their search also help Ryza and Fi learn the secrets of the lost legends?
In addition to the expanded character roster, Ryza will also be aided on her adventure by her Puni companions. These blob-like creatures can be sent on gathering trips, and will now even be able to level up, making it easier to discover rare items to pass along to Ryza. Ryza can then use these items to decorate inside her atelier, and by changing things like the wall or floor, Ryza will be able to influence certain special effects, including the likeliness of having sunny weather.
Alongside the new gameplay and character details, KOEI TECMO America also announced the first information related to the title’s Digital Deluxe and Ultimate Editions. The Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy Digital Deluxe Edition features the base game along with additional costumes and gathering spots, including the Kurken Island Gathering Tour, Another Style Costume Set, the Summer Memories Costume Set, the Helpful Items Set, and the All You Need! Gem Pack. The Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy Ultimate Edition features everything included inside the Digital Deluxe Edition along with the Atelier Ryza 2: Season Pass and the special Season Pass bonus Ryza costume: Mysterious Book Alchemist.
First Season Pass details were also revealed, including 12 upcoming DLC packs that will be available at a lower price when purchased as a Season Pass than when purchased individually. Upcoming DLC includes new swimsuit costumes, recipe expansion packs, the additional area of Keldorah Castle, the high-difficulty area of Flame Sun Island, and the Gust Extra BGM Pack.
Additionally, 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 launch can download for free the “Summer Fashion Costume Set” Early Purchase Bonus. 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.