Today Koei Tecmo finally announced the release dates for North America and Europe of Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy.
The game will launch in North America on January 26, 2020, and in Europe on January 29 for PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam.
It’s worth mentioning that the PS5 version will be exclusively digital. An upgrade from the PS4 version will be provided at no additional cost regardless of whether you buy it on the PlayStation Store or on the disk.
You can check out a batch of screenshots and artwork below, showcasing secondary characters and the battle system.
Here are a few new details about the game diredctly from the press release sent by Koei Tecmo to Twinfinite.
“In Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy, Ryza is not only joined by returning fan-favourites like Lent Marslink and Tao Mongarten, she also meets a number of new characters who will help her throughout her adventure. Inside the Academy District café, Ryza meets a young woman by the name of Zephine Baudouin.
Zephine manages the request bulletin board inside the café, and the bulletin board becomes a key part of Ryza’s day-to-day exploits – it’s used by citizens of the Royal Capital to post jobs ranging from delivering materials to defeating monsters – and as Ryza completes these tasks, she will be compensated with monetary rewards, materials, and even Skill Points.
Other intriguing characters inside the Royal Capital include the talented blacksmith and engraver, Dennis Holland; shopkeeper and former acquaintance from Kurken Island, Romy Vogel; and farmworker Cassandra Cappelli, whose father owns an obscene amount of fruitful land inside the Royal Capital’s Farming District.
As Ryza and friends embark on their journey, they encounter enemies and monsters throughout the land, and madness and mayhem ensue. Parties now include three battle members and one sub-member, and all heroes will now be aided in the game’s exhilarating real-time tactics battles, thanks to the ability to stack Action Points and Core Charge.
As party members build up Action Points, characters will be able to unleash multiple Skills in a row via a Skill Chain. By using the Skill Chain ability, the power of all skills increases as well as the amount of Core Charge gained in each attack – the function needed in order to also use items – enabling you to unleash devastating attacks like throwing waves of bombs!
In addition, by using skills your gauge fills up and after it exceeds a specific amount, your Tactics Level increases. As your Tactics Level increases, the amount of times your regular attacks hit also increases, and Action Points begin to build up quicker. If your Tactics Level reaches the max, you can activate a special technique: The Fatal Drive!”
A Premium Box collector’s edition for PS4 and Nitendo Switch will be available at Koei Tecmo’s own store for Europe and the NISA store for North America, with plenty of goodies for hardcore fans. This includes an art book, a deluxe cloth poster, a mini acrylic charm, Japanese clear file folders, and an exclusive “Sonnet of Dawn” DLC costume, coming into a collector’s box.
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, the latest trailer with the PS5 announcement, and a glimpse at battle gameplay from earlier today.