Teased by Koei Tecmo just last week, Ryza is back! Atelier Ryza: Alchemist of the End & the Secret Key was announced during yesterday's Nintendo Direct, and it sees Reisalin "Ryza" Stout returning as the star in her third Atelier game. And we don't have long to wait, as the game will bubble up on Switch on 24th February in the West, and 22nd February in Japan.
Details on the game were light, but we did get a look at some of the game's locales, as well as some familiar faces returning from the previous two games. Gust's premier franchise is looking and sounding as pretty as ever.
Here's what we know so far about the game, straight from the eShop page:
Ryza and her friends are living their lives on Kurken Island when news of a sudden appearance of a mysterious group of islands in nearby waters arrives.
To find a way to save her island, Ryza and her friends will set off on final adventure surrounding the "roots of alchemy."
The stage for this adventure is a vast open field!
The field is made up of multiple maps that are connected seamlessly. Enjoy this adventure in a vast and ‘living’ field that is one of the largest in the Atelier series.
You can do many things with the key!
Obtain various types of keys which can be used in different instances of exploration, synthesis, and battle. Each key has a different effect, so use it to enjoy the adventure conveniently!
A total of 11 party members!
Reunite with characters from previous games, and meet new characters who will be key to the story. Mix and match your favorite members and enjoy the adventure!
Atelier seems to just keep getting better and better, and as Gust is currently celebrating the series' 15th anniversary, it seems like it's going all-out for its flagship series. We called Ryza 2 "the best game in the series to date" in our review of the game last year.
We'll be getting a first look at Atelier Ryza 3 later today — at 5am PST / 1pm BST / 8pm AWST / or 12am on 15th Sep NZST — via the stream below.
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