Today Koei Tecmo announced details about the free updates that will add content and features to Gust’s upcoming Atelier JRPG Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout.
The first update will release in Japan on October 10 and it’ll include three main features.
A photo mode will let you place characters in a specific location and pose, change the time of day, and add a frame.
“Puni to Issho” (Together with Puni) is pretty much a Puni raising minigame. Feeding a puni housed at the secret hideout will change its parameters and its appearance will also evolve.
After being fed a certain number of times, the puni will leave and come back with items the next day.
Ram Roast-kun Mk.2 is an entity specialized in being attacked by Ryza and her friends. Depending on how much damage you deal, you can compete in high-score leaderboards and earn gems.
Later in October, there will be another update named “Advanced Exploration Patch.”
Level cap will be raised to 99, some skills will be available for enhancement, and even weapon enhancement at the secret hideout will be expanded. The maximum difficulty level named “Legend” will also be implemented.
The third update will come in Japan in November, and it’ll expand the gathering fields that can be created with alchemy.
The maximum level of these fields will be increased from 99 to 200, and they will yield rarer and more advanced materials. Yet, you’ll also meet powerful monsters.
You can check out screenshots of all the new features below. I have an instinctive feeling that the photo mode of this game is going to be very popular.
If you want to see a lot more of Atelier Ryza, you can also check out the latest screenshots and trailer, the previous trailer, another trailer and screenshot combo from a few weeks ago, trailer, the latest screenshots, a trailer focusing on the story, the previous batch of screenshots, two more trailers, the previous trailer that revealed a new character and the theme song, plenty more recent gameplay footage, another video featuring the soundtrack, the first video, another brief clip released recently, and two more.
Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout releases in Japan for PS4 and Switch on September 26. Afterward, it’ll launch in North America on October 29 and in Europe on November 1 for PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam.
At the moment, we don’t know whether the updates will be added to the western version at release of afterward.