Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy will launch on Nintendo Switch early next year, with a 29th January release date now locked in for Europe.

The game is the 22nd entry in the franchise, and follows Ryza and friends as they embark on an all-new JRPG quest to discover the secrets behind the ancient ruins and the truth behind the lost legends inside the Royal Capital. Here's some PR:

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.

It's also been revealed that fans will be able to pick up a Limited Edition of the game exclusively through the KOEI TECMO Europe Online Store. This version contains an art book, deluxe cloth poster, mini acrylic charm, Japanese clear file folders, and an exclusive DLC costume all packaged into a collector's box.

Atelier Ryza 2 Limited Edition

Koei Tecmo recently confirmed that the game wouldn't be censored in the west following fan concerns, and a $25,000 statue of its protagonist was also recently unveiled. Players who decide to purchase any version of the game, physically or digitally, during the first two weeks of release will receive an Early Purchase Bonus – the Summer Fashion Costume Set.

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