Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout Gameplay Details Revealed

KOEI TECMO, in conjunction with development studio GUST, have recently revealed some new gameplay details for Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout, which is the latest instalment into the long-running Atelier franchise.

In this case KOEI TECMO have revealed details about the new locations and battle systems that players will encounter during their playthrough of the game; with long-winded descriptions for each provided below:

New Locations:
Throughout their search for adventure, Ryza and her party will discover exotic new locations – including those they’ve made themselves. In Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout players can obtain special bottles, which can be combined with other items in the game’s synthesis system to create an abundance of new gathering locations overflowing with raw materials. Depending on which ingredients are used in the synthesis process, the environment can drastically change. For example: Plant Essence can create a fantastical forest area; while a Bomb can create a dangerous volcanic field overflowing with lava. Once the environment is created, a unique four-character password is attached to the area, which can then be shown off and shared with friends or across social media – enabling other gamers to explore the exact same area.

Revamped Battle System:
Inhabiting these breath-taking locations, though, are creatures and enemies Ryza and her friends will need to fight. Using a newly revamped Real-Time Tactical Battle system, battles will now progress even while character actions are being chosen. In Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout, performing skills, critical attacks, or using abilities outside of the player’s turn through the Quick Actions technique will drain the player’s Action Points. These points are shared between all party members, so it’s extremely important to use them strategically in battle to gain the upper hand. As the AP gauge is filled, players will also increase their in-battle level known as Tactics Level. The higher the Tactics Level a party gains, the more powerful attacks they can use, also enabling special combos to be performed.

Attack Orders:
Throughout battle, party members will also be able to give Action Orders to other members of their party. These orders will ask the player to perform specific actions such as “perform a physical attack.” If the order is followed, the character which gave it will perform a follow-up attack with a powerful skill – and this ability doesn’t consume any AP; allowing players to use them at will to deliver strong blows to help defeat even the most ruthless of enemies.

In addition to the gameplay details a new trailer for Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout was also released (of which can be watched below), but in the meantime Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout will be available for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Windows PC on 1st November 2019.

About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has worked at ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the PS Vita, PS4 or Xbox One.

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