The latest title in the Atelier series, Atelier Ryza 3: The End Alchemist & Secret Key, was announced yesterdayand we’ve now worked out the details of the new story and gameplay.
Coming on February 24, 2023, Atelier Ryza 3 continues where 2019’s Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout and Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy have left, making it the latest title in the series Secret movie. These games are the first in the Atelier series to maintain the same protagonist, and are some of the most popular games in the series, with over 1.3 million copies sold worldwide. These games are about Ryza and her friends going on a great adventure to uncover the secrets of the island where they were born after an encounter with alchemy.
This latest game takes place about a year after the events of Atelier Ryza 2. Ryza and friends are put on a new adventure following the sudden appearance of a group of strange islands just off the coast of their homeland. is Kurken Island. It is discovered that this mysterious Mainland Kark is harming Kurken Island, leading Ryza and the rest to go there and investigate, only to discover a strange and gigantic portal. As they approach it to learn more, Ryza hears a mysterious voice in her head trying to lead her to the “Code of the Universe”. To find a way to save their island, the characters embark on a great journey involving the keys and the origins of alchemy.
Regarding the subtitle The Alchemist of the End, producer Junzo Hosoi told IGN Japan, “In Atelier Ryza 3, we wanted to portray the end of Ryza’s youth, along with exploring fundamental questions like why Alchemy is again used in this world and Ryza wishes from her life as an alchemist. As Ryza grew up, we wanted the story to give her an important mission to dedicate herself to. “
Four characters have so far been revealed: Ryza, Klaudia, Tao and Lent. In addition to Ryza’s friends that fans will be familiar with, characters that have appeared in the previous game, as well as new characters important to the story will also appear. Eleven team members, one of the largest rosters ever seen in the series, will be present and a host of characters will be gathered in this grand meeting for the series.
In terms of visuals, there are also many improvements, especially the quality of graphics and the character’s expressions are increasingly rich and vivid. This will allow players to enjoy their adventures with the game’s charming characters.
There are also major changes when it comes to the game’s system. Up until now, the series has allowed players to explore several areas on a single world map. This game, however, has four areas to investigate. Each of these regions contains a single large field, and it seems that exploring them should be possible without loading time.
Finally, the core system of this game is that keys can be generated in a variety of situations. There are different types of keys, and players can use them in a variety of different situations, whether it’s exploration, synthesis, or combat. Different types of keys and rarity can be crafted from landmarks and enemies and used when unlocking treasure chests and barriers, enhancing character abilities, or crafting powerful items strong.
These keys even unlock the core of the game’s story. We’ll just have to wait to find out more about where they’ll lead Ryza and the others.
Atelier Ryza 3 will also appear at Tokyo Game Show 2022. Not only will fans be able to play a demo at the event, the TGS Atelier Series 25th Anniversary live stream will be broadcast at 7pm JST ( 3am Pacific / 6am Eastern / 11am September 16.
Hiroaki Mabuchi is a freelance writer for IGN Japan. This article was translated by Ko Ransom.