Atelier games usually come in trilogies, but Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout and its sequel Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy are special.
They’re the first Atelier games in which the heroine is kept as the protagonist in the sequel. Of course, it’s natural to ask ourselves whether there will be a third title.
Twinfinite asked producer Junzo Hosoi during an interview and his answer was certainly promising, teasing that Ryza may actually return as a protagonist again if the fans want it.
“This is part of the Secret trilogy! I can only say that I also love Ryza and want to see more Atelier games with her as the protagonist. But, only if the fans want it. “
Hosoi-san also explained that the fans’ support ultimately determined Ryza’s protagonist status in Atelier Ryza 2 as well.
“We have been thinking about a direct sequel with the same protagonist since the planning stages of the first Atelier Ryza game. However, if this was my own personal thought, and was not something that the users wanted, it would have only been self-indulgent.
It turned out that users also wanted a sequel for Ryza, so we were able to develop this sequel with the same protagonist.
The reason why we wanted to continue with the same protagonist is that I think the appeal of the Atelier series is the growth of the characters. We wanted to continue to tell her story, so we had it in mind from the planning phase of Atelier Ryza, and made the decision.”
Japan will get Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy on PS5, PS4 and Switch on Dec. 3 and PC in Jan.2021. At the moment, we don’t know when the western release will be besides a generic “winter.”
In case you missed it, you can enjoy the original announcement and a trailer with the first gallery of screenshots, the second gallery of images, more character art, and the latest trailer with the PS5 announcement.
Yesterday, we also heard the confirmation that Atelier Ryza 2 will not be censored in the west.