Koei Tecmo and Atelier developer Gust Studios have shared a first in-depth look at Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy, and if you’ve been hoping for an almost Zelda-like escapade, you won’t be disappointed.
Straight from the press release:
In Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy, Ryza returns for an all-new adventure, this time set three years after her heroic efforts in Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout. This dynamic sequel revolves around Ryza’s journey to the Royal Capital of Ashra-am Baird as she explores ancient ruins while seeking the truth behind the mystery of the lost legends. Along the way, she will be able to learn several new skills to help her successfully navigate the dangers of her surroundings, including the ability to swim. Ryza’s newfound swimming techniques help her not only discover aquatic materials but also the entrance to an underwater dungeon.
Throughout her journey, Ryza will once again be joined by her fun-loving group of mischievous friends. The first of these old companions confirmed for Ryza 2 is Klaudia. The only daughter of a merchant family, Klaudia has been working in the Royal Capital, but all the while, thinking back to the adventure she had with Ryza three years prior. Klaudia still has the desire to live a more exciting life, and now finds her fate once again intertwined with Ryza as they regroup inside the Royal Capital. Also joining Ryza this time around is a mysterious creature known as Fi. The creature doesn’t speak, but is very expressive and full of emotion, bonding quickly with Ryza while helping her seek answers to the true meaning of the lost legends.
Up above, you can view the game’s latest trailer, which highlights Ryza’s new abilities as well as her newest friend, Fi, who is clearly designed to become the latest in a long line of proud JRPG animal-like mascots. (Not that we’re complaining. He’s adorable.)
Koei Tecmo has also announced an incentive to grab Atelier Ryza 2 as quickly as possible — players who purchase the game (either physically or digitally!) within its first weeks on the market will be eligible to receive an Early Purchase Code for the Summer Fashion Costume Set. What’s more, anyone with save data from the first Atelier Ryza title can unlock the Classic Costume Set, featuring outfits for Ryza and her cohorts from Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout.