Atelier Ryza 2 was officially announced via today’s Nintendo Direct, takes place three years after the original game’s ending.
Nintendo held on July 20 a new Nintendo Direct Mini, and the Japanese version of the Direct in particular had Gust and Koei Tecmo officially announce Atelier Ryza 2 on Nintendo Switch.
Atelier Ryza 2 will be coming on PS4, Switch, and PC via Steam. The game will be launching this Winter in Japan.
Atelier Ryza 2 Reveal Trailer:
Judging from Ryza’s narration in the trailer, this sequel takes place 3 years after the first game’s ending. The trailer overall is narrated by the beautiful voice of Yuichi Nakamura, as it’s often the case with Japanese Directs. He explains Ryza received a mysterious demand via letter and ends up going on a new summer adventure to solve the mysteries of ancient ruins.
Ryza can now swim underwater, use a Lupin The Third like hook, and ride monsters. Can she blink now though? I haven’t stared at the trailer enough to tell, but they probably fixed that.
The trailer also teases some returning characters. We can spot Klaudia in Ryza’s party.Toridamono is also back as chara designer. Be sure to check the rough draft designs and an interview regarding the first game we translated.
Nintendo Direct miniにて『ライザのアトリエ２ 〜失われた伝承と秘密の妖精〜』を発表しました‼️
— 「アトリエ」シリーズ公式@黄昏DX ＆ライザのアトリエ 好評発売中！ (@GustAtelierPR) July 20, 2020
The official Gust Twitter account states that more information will be coming on July 30. A video is already on standby, and the reveal will be happening on July 30 midnight JST, which means July 29 for America and Europe. Click here for a time conversion table.
Update: An English version of the video is also on standby.
The game is subtitled Ushinawareta Denshou to Himitsu no Yousei in Japan, and named Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy in the west. Which is a pretty nice translation. The game was announced in the west shortly after the Direct ended. This follows the leak via ratings a few days ago.
As far as I know this is the first time ever since switching to the trilogy formula that an Atelier game has the same protagonist two times in a row. Atelier games nowadays work in trilogies so at this point it’s very likely there will be an Atelier Ryza 3 where Ryza will be the protagonist for a third time. Unless Gust and Koei Tecmo decide to surprise us again.
Atelier Ryza is the highest selling game of the franchise, topping 420,000 copies shipped worldwide. I explained my viewpoint on the matter if you’re interested.