Koei Tecmo and Gust announced their first direct sequel in the Atelier series in decades just last month, in the form of Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy. While English news on the game has been a little sparse beyond the confirmation that a western release exists, Japanese news outlets are already sharing a slew of new info on the upcoming alchemic RPG experience, including a release date and some character introductions.
The biggest announcement for Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy is that, in Japan, it’s set to release on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on December 3. The Japanese PC release date has also been confirmed for January 2021. Now, while we don’t have any confirmed western release dates yet, it’s likely that the game will be releasing globally on these same days. The official word for the western release date right now is “this winter,” which lines up with the Japanese December 3 console release. On top of that, Japanese PC releases for Koei Tecmo games are usually global releases, meaning there’s a strong precedent that the game will be coming to more countries than just Japan when it lands on PC in January.
Alongside release date news, some new character introductions for Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy have been shared. Blue haired Bao Brunnen and spectacled scholar Tao Mongarten are from the previous game. Tao has hit a serious growth spurt and looks more like an adult, though, and the bullying antics of Bao are no more as he accompanies Tao and Ryza on a variety of adventures now. There’s also silver-haired newcomer Serri Glaus, a member of the Oren species who links up with Ryza to help her explore some ancient ruins.