Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy Launches January 2021 in Europe

KOEI TECMO Europe have today announced that GUST’s second instalment into the Atelier Ryza franchise, known as Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy, will launch on the 29th January 2021 for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC. Those who purchase the game for PlayStation 4 will also be able to upgrade (for free) to the PlayStation 5 version.

At launch, on the 29th January 2021, Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy will be available physically and digitally for the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 as well as digitally on STEAM for Windows PC. The PlayStation 5 version will also be available, but only for those who have purchased the PlayStation 4 version of the game and upgraded (for free) to the PlayStation 5 version. Those who buy the game physically will only be able to upgrade to the PlayStation 5 version of the game on the console that includes the disc drive. It’s not currently known if a PlayStation 5 disc release (or stand-a-lone digital release) will be made available, but a PlayStation 5 release is planned in Japan.

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.

As Ryza and friends embark on their journey, they encounter enemies and monsters throughout the land, and madness and mayhem ensue. Parties now include three battle members and one sub-member, and all heroes will now be aided in the game’s exhilarating real-time tactics battles, thanks to the ability to stack Action Points and Core Charge. As party members build up Action Points, characters will be able to unleash multiple Skills in a row via a Skill Chain. By using the Skill Chain ability, the power of all skills increases as well as the amount of Core Charge gained in each attack – the function needed in order to also use items – enabling you to unleash devastating attacks like throwing waves of bombs! In addition, by using skills your gauge fills up and after it exceeds a specific amount, your Tactics Level increases. As your Tactics Level increases, the amount of times your regular attacks hit also increases, and Action Points begin to build up quicker. If your Tactics Level reaches the max, you can activate a special technique: The Fatal Drive!

In addition to the overview of the game, as well as release timings for the numerous platforms, KOEI TECMO Europe also confirmed that an Early Purchase Bonus, known as the Summer Fashion Costume Set, will be available to download from the relevant storefront for two weeks from launch. Those who have save data from the first game will also be able to unlock the classic costume set, which features costumes from the original game.

Finally KOEI TECMO Europe also confirmed plans for a Limited Edition release of Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy. Priced at £79.99 and available from the relatively new Koei Tecmo Europe Store the edition comes packed with a variety of physical and digital goods including a poster, key chain, art book and bonus DLC. Based on the previous FAIRY TAIL GUILD BOX Edition this will be a rarity and the art book may be presented solely in Japanese, but it is an interesting looking edition.

Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy will be available digitally and physically for the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 as well as digitally on STEAM for Windows PC from the 29th January 2021.

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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