Koei Tecmo Europe and GUST Studios are set to launch Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout on Friday, the 1st of November across Europe for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam. The latest entry in the fan-favourite Atelier series begins an all-new storyline arc while bringing a beautiful new visual style, and introducing exciting new battle mechanics to the franchise.
The journey in Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout
Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout follows teenage tomboy Ryza and her band of mischievous friends, Lent and Tao, who yearn for adventure and excitement far away from their mundane village life. As the group explores a forbidden island in search of adventure, they encounter a wandering alchemist, Empel, and his warrior partner, Lila, who change their lives forever. The duo agrees to teach Ryza the enchanting ways of alchemy, preparing her for a harrowing quest to save her hometown from a mysterious and deadly darkness lurking beneath the surface.
Throughout Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout, players will utilise completely revamped synthesis and battle systems – collecting and synthesising raw materials into powerful items for battle, before fighting the lurking monsters which roam the many lands they will venture through. The new synthesis interface clearly displays the required materials and effects that can be added to the final item at a glance, using a ‘Linkage Synthesis’ system to easily display item placement. Newcomers to alchemy will be warmly welcomed with easy to understand synthesis, whilst series veterans will be able to take full advantage of the system via strategic item placement. The fresh ‘Real-Time Tactical Battle’ system allows battles to progress even while character actions are being chosen, offering fast-paced and exciting battle situations.
Adding to the fun between exploration and battle, Ryza and her friends will be able to visit their own secret hideout as their new base of operations. For the first time in the series, players will be able to fully customise their hideout to reflect their unique style, with changes also offering the ability to raise certain stats in the field and during battle. While at their hideout, Alchemists are able to perform a unique type of synthesis – using special bottles – which combine with other items to create an abundance of new gathering locations full of raw materials. Depending on which items are used in the process, the environment can drastically change!
Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout is available to purchase this Friday. Purchasing any version of the game before the 12th of November will grant access to the early purchase bonus ‘Summer Adventure’ costume for Ryza.
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