Koei Tecmo and Gust Co.’s Atelier RPG sequence has been going for for properly over twenty years now — debuting again on Ps with Atelier Marie: The Alchemist of Salburg again in 1997 — and Change has a number of entries in its library already. Every recreation within the sequence normally has a special protagonist within the lead function, though the upcoming Atelier Ryza 2: Misplaced Legends & The Secret Fairy would be the first to characteristic the identical lead hero because the earlier recreation following its worldwide success.
We lately had the possibility to interview Junzo Hosoi, producer of Atelier Ryza 2 and model supervisor at Gust to seek out out extra about this direct sequel, and ask in regards to the recognition of the character and the opportunity of an Atelier Ryza trilogy.
Nintendo Life: Atelier Ryza was notably properly acquired within the West – what do you suppose it’s in regards to the recreation that struck such a chord with a world viewers?
Junzo Hosoi: The rationale I feel that Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout struck a chord with a world viewers is as a result of it used an actual time ways battle system, which could be very in style within the West, as an alternative of the turn-based system normally used within the sequence. We observed that individuals abroad are likely to get pleasure from real-time gameplay, and the staff used this data to assist the sequence make a much bigger splash. It ended up working very well.
Has suggestions from the earlier recreation had a giant affect in your plans for the sequel?
We observed that Western gamers needed to discover extra of the fields within the first Atelier Ryza recreation. When creating Atelier Ryza 2, we needed to provide these gamers what they had been on the lookout for, when it comes to accessibility, to provide them the chance to discover their atmosphere additional.
Are you able to inform us slightly about if and the way the synthesis system has been modified in Ryza 2?
What we try to do with Atelier Ryza 2 is to make the synthesis system extra accessible for brand spanking new gamers, while on the other-hand making it deeper for those who already perceive the system. The staff have carried out a terrific job of creating the synthesis system simpler to know whereas including new options corresponding to “Evolve Hyperlink” and “Essence”.
“Evolve Hyperlink” lets you create extra sorts of objects, diving deeper into the system and offering a complete new stage to synthesis, whereas “Essence” provides you completely different choices for extra preparations. These two options will make the system have deeper customizability for our returning gamers, however launched in a means in order that newcomers may even be snug with it.
Exploring ruins is a key a part of the story this time… We’re additionally listening to fan suggestions and are working onerous to make the battle system even deeper and extra rewarding.
What’s the most vital new addition that Atelier Ryza 2 brings to the sequence?
Probably the most vital new addition to the sequence is the flexibility to discover ruins in Atelier Ryza 2. Exploring ruins is a key a part of the story this time; it revolves round discovering the secrets and techniques hidden inside them while studying extra of the encircling lands. We’re additionally listening to fan suggestions and are working onerous to make the battle system even deeper and extra rewarding.
The lead character acquired loads of consideration from admirers who see her as a intercourse image. Did that focus affect your method to Ryza within the sequel in any respect?
We took the design of Ryza from the primary title and labored at displaying her progress by her new design; how she has progressed as a human, how she is progressing in her life, and her progress into maturity.
Whereas many followers favor to play with the unique Japanese voice work anyway, there are others that might get pleasure from an English voice possibility. Is the dearth of English dub a purely budgetary resolution, and is it attainable we’ll see English voice choices once more in future Ateliers?
The rationale we haven’t included an English voice possibility is as a result of we’re making an attempt to maintain the discharge on a really well timed schedule, with us wanting to make sure the whole world can play the title as near the identical time as attainable. Including English voices would lengthen the event time of the title and would considerably push again the Western launch. We’re extra thinking about making certain everybody can benefit from the title across the similar time, however we aren’t ruling it out as a chance sooner or later! If we now have an extended improvement time for an upcoming title then it could be attainable.
How has the worldwide state of affairs in 2020 affected improvement of Atelier Ryza 2 and the staff at Gust?
The GUST staff, and the titles we now have been engaged on, have undoubtedly been influenced by the COVID-19 state of affairs. As an organization, KOEI TECMO Video games was in a position to effectively adapt and alter over to distant work. This allowed us to launch Atelier Ryza 2 in a well timed method. We’d have beloved to launch the sport earlier, however with the pandemic’s affect on the event course of, we needed to push again the title slightly.
We now have staff members internally who’re testing the sport, these each acquainted and unfamiliar with the sequence, so we’re in a position to get helpful perception on how fulfilling the sport will probably be in each conditions.
Previous followers will little question have performed the primary recreation, and different entries within the Atelier sequence. For brand spanking new gamers, although, do you suppose it’s finest to begin with Ryza 1 earlier than taking part in the sequel?
Followers will certainly have extra enjoyable, and be capable to get pleasure from Atelier Ryza 2 extra, after taking part in the primary title. We’re creating the sport although so that you could begin taking part in Atelier Ryza 2 from the get go and actually benefit from the expertise nonetheless. We now have staff members internally who’re testing the sport, these each acquainted and unfamiliar with the sequence, so we’re in a position to get helpful perception on how fulfilling the sport will probably be in each conditions.
We perceive that the western model of the sport received’t be censored on Change. With completely different firms taking completely different approaches, how do you’re feeling as a developer when a recreation should be altered for launch in different markets or on different platforms?
The GUST staff don’t see the necessity to edit a title for an additional tradition or nation as one thing essentially dangerous, we shouldn’t have any dangerous or unfavorable opinions notably on this. Every nation has their very own distinctive tradition and it actually depends upon what kind of story the director, producer, or creator needs to infuse within the title – typically it won’t work for each tradition.
Within the case of Atelier Ryza 2, the title we put collectively doesn’t must be censored for any market, and many individuals world wide can get pleasure from it because it was supposed. After all, as a participant, I perceive the need to play the sport because the creator supposed.
Now that the Atelier sequence has its first direct sequel with the identical protagonist, is it seemingly we’ll be seeing Ryza main one other recreation?
There may be undoubtedly a chance of Ryza starring in one other sequel to make a trilogy! It’s price noting that we had been contemplating Ryza as a protagonist for the sequel again throughout the improvement of Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout.
Are you able to communicate in any respect about Gust’s plans for Nintendo Change sooner or later?
The primary title that we launched on Change, Atelier Lydie & Suelle, was the large begin for us on the platform. As we now have continued to develop titles through the years, it actually has turn out to be a useful console for the staff! As a result of it’s so necessary to us, we might undoubtedly prefer to launch extra titles for this platform sooner or later.
Lastly, are there any explicit video games that you’ve been having fun with lately, on Change or another platform?
Undoubtedly Ring Match Journey! Whereas taking part in, it’s thrilling to note how rather more you’ll be able to construct your self up. I’ve actually loved taking part in it.
Our due to Junzo Hosoi. Atelier Ryza 2: Misplaced Legends & The Secret Fairy is scheduled for launch within the West on the finish of January 2021.