Koei Tecmo and Gust Co.’s Atelier RPG sequence has been going for for smartly over 20 years now — debuting again on Ps with Atelier Marie: The Alchemist of Salburg again in 1997 — and Transfer has a number of entries in its library already. Every sport within the sequence generally has a distinct protagonist within the lead function, despite the fact that the impending Atelier Ryza 2: Misplaced Legends & The Secret Fairy would be the first to function the similar lead hero as the former sport following its global good fortune.
We lately had the danger to interview Junzo Hosoi, manufacturer of Atelier Ryza 2 and emblem supervisor at Gust to determine extra about this direct sequel, and ask concerning the approval for the nature and the potential for an Atelier Ryza trilogy.
Nintendo Lifestyles: Atelier Ryza was once specifically smartly won within the West – what do you suppose it’s concerning the sport that struck this sort of chord with a global target market?
Junzo Hosoi: The rationale I believe that Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout struck a chord with a global target market is as it used an actual time ways combat machine, which could be very widespread within the West, as a substitute of the turn-based machine generally used within the sequence. We spotted that folks in another country generally tend to revel in real-time gameplay, and the group used this knowledge to lend a hand the sequence make a larger splash. It ended up operating in reality smartly.
Has comments from the former sport had a large affect in your plans for the sequel?
We spotted that Western gamers sought after to discover extra of the fields within the first Atelier Ryza sport. When developing Atelier Ryza 2, we would have liked to offer those gamers what they had been on the lookout for, when it comes to accessibility, to offer them the chance to discover their setting additional.
Are you able to let us know a bit about if and the way the synthesis machine has been changed in Ryza 2?
What we’re seeking to do with Atelier Ryza 2 is to make the synthesis machine extra obtainable for brand new gamers, while at the other-hand making it deeper for those who already perceive the machine. The group have completed a really perfect activity of constructing the synthesis machine more uncomplicated to know whilst including new options equivalent to “Evolve Hyperlink” and “Essence”.
“Evolve Hyperlink” permits you to create further forms of pieces, diving deeper into the machine and offering an entire new stage to synthesis, whilst “Essence” will provide you with other choices for extra preparations. Those two options will make the machine have deeper customizability for our returning gamers, however presented in some way in order that inexperienced persons may also be happy with it.
Exploring ruins is a key a part of the tale this time… We also are being attentive to fan comments and are operating onerous to make the combat machine even deeper and extra rewarding.
What’s the most vital new addition that Atelier Ryza 2 brings to the sequence?
Probably the most important new addition to the sequence is the facility to discover ruins in Atelier Ryza 2. Exploring ruins is a key a part of the tale this time; it revolves round finding the secrets and techniques hidden inside of them while studying extra of the encircling lands. We also are being attentive to fan comments and are operating onerous to make the combat machine even deeper and extra rewarding.
The lead persona won numerous consideration from admirers who see her as a intercourse image. Did that focus affect your way to Ryza within the sequel in any respect?
We took the design of Ryza from the primary name and labored at appearing her expansion via her new design; how she has advanced as a human, how she is progressing in her existence, and her expansion into maturity.
Ryza, or Thigh-za, as she’s recognized via a few of her extra enthusiastic enthusiasts.
Whilst many enthusiasts wish to play with the unique Eastern voice paintings anyway, there are others that will revel in an English voice possibility. Is the loss of English dub a purely budgetary determination, and is it imaginable we’ll see English voice choices once more in long term Ateliers?
The rationale we haven’t incorporated an English voice possibility is as a result of we’re seeking to stay the discharge on an excessively well timed agenda, with us short of to verify all the global can play the name as with reference to the similar time as imaginable. Including English voices would prolong the advance time of the name and would considerably ward off the Western release. We’re extra serious about making sure everybody can benefit from the name round the similar time, however we don’t seem to be ruling it out as a chance someday! If now we have an extended building time for an upcoming name then it could be imaginable.
How has the worldwide state of affairs in 2020 affected building of Atelier Ryza 2 and the group at Gust?
The GUST group, and the titles now we have been operating on, have unquestionably been influenced via the COVID-19 state of affairs. As an organization, KOEI TECMO Video games was once in a position to successfully adapt and alter over to faraway paintings. This allowed us to unlock Atelier Ryza 2 in a well timed method. We’d have liked to unlock the sport previous, however with the pandemic’s have an effect on at the building procedure, we needed to ward off the name a bit.
We now have group contributors internally who’re trying out the sport, the ones each acquainted and unfamiliar with the sequence, so we’re in a position to get helpful perception on how stress-free the sport will probably be in each eventualities.
Outdated enthusiasts will undoubtedly have performed the primary sport, and different entries within the Atelier sequence. For brand new gamers, even though, do you suppose it’s easiest to begin with Ryza 1 earlier than enjoying the sequel?
Enthusiasts will unquestionably have extra amusing, and be capable of revel in Atelier Ryza 2 extra, after enjoying the primary name. We’re developing the sport even though as a way to get started enjoying Atelier Ryza 2 from the get pass and in reality benefit from the revel in nonetheless. We now have group contributors internally who’re trying out the sport, the ones each acquainted and unfamiliar with the sequence, so we’re in a position to get helpful perception on how stress-free the sport will probably be in each eventualities.
We keep in mind that the western model of the sport gained’t be censored on Transfer. With other firms taking other approaches, how do you are feeling as a developer when a sport should be altered for unlock in different markets or on different platforms?
The GUST group don’t see the wish to edit a name for every other tradition or nation as one thing essentially unhealthy, we shouldn’t have any unhealthy or damaging evaluations specifically in this. Every nation has their very own distinctive tradition and it in reality depends upon what form of tale the director, manufacturer, or writer desires to infuse within the name – once in a while it will no longer paintings for each tradition.
When it comes to Atelier Ryza 2, the name we put in combination does no longer wish to be censored for any marketplace, and many of us all over the world can revel in it because it was once supposed. In fact, as a participant, I perceive the will to play the sport because the writer supposed.
Now that the Atelier sequence has its first direct sequel with the similar protagonist, is it most likely we’ll be seeing Ryza main every other sport?
There may be unquestionably a chance of Ryza starring in every other sequel to make a trilogy! It’s value noting that we had been bearing in mind Ryza as a protagonist for the sequel again all through the advance of Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout.
Are you able to talk in any respect about Gust’s plans for Nintendo Transfer someday?
The primary name that we launched on Transfer, Atelier Lydie & Suelle, was once the massive get started for us at the platform. As now we have persisted to increase titles through the years, it in reality has transform a useful console for the group! As a result of it’s so vital to us, we’d unquestionably love to unlock extra titles for this platform someday.
In spite of everything, are there any explicit video games that you’ve been taking part in lately, on Transfer or some other platform?
Unquestionably Ring Have compatibility Journey! Whilst enjoying, it’s thrilling to note how a lot more you’ll construct your self up. I’ve in reality loved enjoying it.
Our because of Junzo Hosoi. Atelier Ryza 2: Misplaced Legends & The Secret Fairy is scheduled for release within the West on the finish of January 2021.