Koei Tecmo has announced that Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy releases on January 26th in the west! The PS5 version is digital only while the PS4 and Switch versions are available both physically and digitally. Catch up on the latest news below:

■ Sub-Characters

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 cafe, 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.

Zephine Baudouin (voiced by Rikako Aida)

Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy

The face of the cafe in the academic district of the royal capital. She manages the always-busy cafe on her own, including the requests bulletin board inside. Since the cafe owner is rarely ever out and about, she is practically the head of the cafe.

Dennis Holland (voiced by Ryou Yaginuma)

Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy

One of the most skilled blacksmiths in the royal capital where many artisans set up shop. He is also a skilled engraver and weapon manufacturer. He is friendly, but tends to get so focused on work that he drowns out the voices around him.

Romy Vogel (voiced by Yuki Nagaku)

Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy

A woman who runs a shop in the royal capital. She used to travel from place to place, mainly as a peddler, but has settled down in the royal capital for the time being. In her peddling days, she often visited Kurken Island and is acquainted with Ryza.

Cassandra Cappelli (voiced by Sayumi Suzushiro)

Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy

The eldest daughter of a farmer with broad acres of farmland in the agricultural district of the royal capital. In a house without male labor, she is the leader among her sisters. However, she is unable to supply her broad acres and currently lives producing only life’s bare necessities. She is worried about what to do with the remaining farmland that has been set aside as idled plot.

■ Battle

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!

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