Today, KOEI TECMO Europe and developer GUST Studios announced the latest entry in their beloved Atelier series: Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & the Secret Key. The final chapter of Ryza’s story follows fan-favourite alchemist, Reisalin Stout, and her mischievous friends on their third summer adventure, set a year after the events of 2021’s Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy. The eagerly-anticipated JRPG is currently in development for the Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation®5 Computer Entertainment System, PlayStation®4 Computer Entertainment System, and Windows PC via Steam®, and is scheduled to release across Europe on the 24th February 2023.
In Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & the Secret Key, lead writer Yashichiro Takahashi, who delivered the script for the original Atelier Ryza game, returns to the franchise to deliver an unforgettable third chapter in the Secret series. The latest summer escapade finds Ryza and friends enjoying their peaceful lives on Kurken Island when they hear news that a mysterious group of islands have appeared in nearby waters. It turns out that these islands, known as Kark Isles, are having a negative effect on their homeland, so Ryza and her friends quickly set out to investigate. But when their investigation leads to an enormous gate deep within strange ruins, Ryza hears a haunting voice in her head that wants to lead her to the ‘Code of the Universe’. Who is talking to her and what lies beyond the gate?
While uncovering the mysteries of Kark Isles, Ryza and her friends will explore four regions in a new “open field” – all explorable with seamless transitions! As players travel through these beautiful and vast sprawling landscapes and vistas, they will find mysterious keys that will aid them on their adventure. There are various types of keys that can be found and created, useful for exploration, synthesis and battle. Each key has a different effect, so players will want to try experimenting with them as the keys to unlocking the island’s secrets are now in your hands.
In addition, Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & the Secret Key reunites players with characters from previous games, as well as making new friends pivotal to the story! A total of eleven party members will be featured in this latest entry, one of the largest rosters in series history! Returning for the third summer adventure is the reliable and friendly Ryza, the intelligent and hard-working Klaudia, the devoted ruins researcher Tao, and the humble and sincere Lent – with more characters to be announced in the coming months.
KOEI TECMO Europe also revealed today that they will be releasing two delightful special edition versions of Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & the Secret Key, a Premium Box and a Special Collection Box, exclusively available through the KOEI TECMO Europe Online Store. The Premium Box version of the game includes an Art Book, a B2 cloth poster featuring an original art piece, a set of two illustrated clear files, a mini acrylic character charm, an early-access DLC costume for Ryza and a copy of the game all packed into a beautiful collectable box. The must-have Special Collection Box version of the game features all of the contents in the Premium Box version, as well as an Original Key Case, an A1 wall scroll featuring an original art piece, a selection of acrylic charms featuring the cover art from each game in the trilogy, and a set of twelve illustration cards. Those who purchase any version of the game, digitally or physically, within two weeks after launch will be able to download a special set of seven Summer Look costumes. These costumes may be available for purchase at a later date. To learn more about these special editions, and future offerings, be sure to sign-up to the KOEI TECMO Europe Online Store mailing list.