Koei Tecmo dropped some pretty major news this week – the 21st Atelier series officially has a Western Release date: It’s coming in October. Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout comes to the Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4 and PC on October 29th, 2019. This begins a new story arc in the Atelier series and follows the teenage tomboy Ryza, who wants to leave behind a mundane village life. While searching out adventure, she encounters an elderly magician who teaches her the ways of alchemy. This will lead to a quest to save her hometown from deadly darkness that threatens to engulf it whole.
n order to showcase the vibrant environments surrounding Ryza, GUST Studios instituted more realistic shadows; giving birth to a world that feels more expansive and filled with life. In addition, the fantastical depictions of the game’s colorful characters continue – pushing the series forward with a mix of both new and familiar visual sparkle. Atelier Ryza also adds an evolved synthesis program to enable alchemists to have a better visual understanding of the effects of synthesis.
Additionally, the system allows everyone to not only enjoy the experience of developing recipes, but the ability to use the innovative creation system to gather items in the field using various tools — different tools uncover different items at the same location — before crafting unique items never before seen in the series.