Last updated on May 31st, 2019
A new trailer has been revealed for the Atelier franchise, Atelier Ryza. This title will come with improved graphics and a battle system overhaul.
Atelier Ryza Announced for PS4, Set to have More Realistic Graphics Plus Combat System Overhaul
The Dengeki Playstation magazine has unveiled the latest entry for the long running Atelier series, Atelier Ryza: The Queen of Eternal Darkness and the Secret Hideout. The game is set to launch in Japan this fall on PS4 but no news of other platforms as of yet or international release.
Gust the developer who has been pumping out this series has launched a teaser site which shows a 30 second trailer which appear to show the main characters a soldier, a priest and a child scholar. The video along with the website state that there will be more details coming on May 28th.
You can check out the full trailer below:
The story will follow main character Ryzalin Staud, an everyday girl who starts to feel a little restless in her peaceful world. In an attempt to seek more excitement in her life, she starts looking for some interesting things to do with friends. Her personality is rather free-spirited, slightly stubborn as well as has a strong sense of what is right and wrong. Her adventure revolves around finding importance in something she has never considered before, discovering alchemy and a chance encounter with particular person.
The game features enhanced visuals, graphics and facial expressions, making use of more a more realistic aesthetic. In an interview with Dengeki (which was translated by Gematsu), producer Junzo Hosoi revealed that they tried to find a balance between photo-realism and “toon-rendering”. Expect a coming of age story with character episodes and side story-like elements. This entry brings together Gust as well as Shakugan no Shana manga creator Yashichiro Takahashi, and character designed by Toridamon. There will also be a new turn-based combat system which will be more intense, emphasising bonds between characters.
Since both the story and systems are changing, some players might be dissatisfied, but we’re prepared for that. But this is the first step towards a new Atelier, so we want people to experience it.
It looks like this will be a new spin on the Atelier games, bringing some new features and a slightly different look to games in the past as well as evolving the game systems. While some things have changed, Hosoi assures that “Synthesis, gathering, and battle being the core three elements of the game has not changed.”
While no release date has been shared it looks like we can look forward to more details on May 28th.
[UPDATE] – According to an article by Famitsu, there are confirmed plans for a Switch and PC release as well as PS4. PS4 and Switch versions will release this fall in Japan, while the PC version has yet to be announced.
If you’re interested in reading more Atelier content you can check out our review for Atelier Lulua: The Scion Of Arland and Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists And The Mysterious Paintings. If you’re making your way through the latest title The Scion of Arland you can check out our guides Starter Guide & Tips and Prologue & Add-Ons Guide.