Koei Tecmo Europe and developer Gust Studios have shared more details on the upcoming Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy, which is still on track to launch on Switch on 29th January in Europe.
Firstly, new gameplay details have been shared which tell us all about several characters appearing in the game. This new JRPG follows Ryza and friends as they set out in an all-new quest to discover the secrets behind the ancient ruins and the truth behind the lost legends inside the Royal Capital:
Joining Ryza on her adventure is the adorable and enigmatic creature known as Fi. Ryza and Fi become increasingly close throughout their journey, with the bond between the two deepening as they begin to live together. As Fi continues to grow, Ryza realizes that the creature possesses a mysterious power. Ryza eventually brings Fi to explore the ancient ruins, and when Fi behaves like it wants to go deeper into the unknown darkness, the party discovers a glowing crystal that seems to hold deeper meaning to Ryza’s new best friend.
While exploring the ruins, Ryza and Fi run into Empel and Lila, who initially helped guide Ryza in her adventures three years ago. In fact, Empel is the one who taught Ryza alchemy, while Lila remains one of the fiercest female warriors in the land. The pair continue their search for “something” special in the ruins. Could their search also help Ryza and Fi learn the secrets of the lost legends?
In addition to the expanded character roster, Ryza will also be aided on her adventure by her Puni companions. These blob-like creatures can be sent on gathering trips, and will now even be able to level up, making it easier to discover rare items to pass along to Ryza. Ryza can then use these items to decorate inside her atelier, and by changing things like the wall or floor, Ryza will be able to influence certain special effects, including the likeliness of having sunny weather.
That's not all, though, because alongside the limited physical edition that has already been announced, it's also been confirmed that Digital Deluxe and Ultimate Editions will be available on the Nintendo Switch eShop.
The Digital Deluxe Edition features the base game along with additional costumes and gathering spots, including the Kurken Island Gathering Tour, Another Style Costume Set, the Summer Memories Costume Set, the Helpful Items Set, and the All You Need! Gem Pack. The Ultimate Edition features everything included inside the Digital Deluxe Edition as well as the Atelier Ryza 2: Season Pass and a special Season Pass bonus Ryza costume.
The Season Pass includes 12 upcoming DLC packs which will feature swimsuit costumes, recipe expansion packs, the additional area of Keldorah Castle, the high-difficulty area of Flame Sun Island, and the Gust Extra BGM Pack. Buying them together in the Pass will work out cheaper overall.