Koei Tecmo and Gust Co.’s Atelier RPG collection has been going for for neatly over two decades 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. Each and every sport within the collection normally has a distinct protagonist within the lead position, even supposing the impending Atelier Ryza 2: Misplaced Legends & The Secret Fairy would be the first to characteristic the similar lead hero as the former sport following its global good fortune.
We just 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 Existence: Atelier Ryza used to be in particular neatly won within the West – what do you assume it’s concerning the sport that struck this sort of chord with a global target audience?
Junzo Hosoi: The explanation I feel that Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout struck a chord with a global target audience is as it used an actual time techniques struggle gadget, which could be very well-liked within the West, as an alternative of the turn-based gadget normally used within the collection. We spotted that individuals out of the country have a tendency to revel in real-time gameplay, and the group used this knowledge to assist the collection make a larger splash. It ended up operating actually neatly.
Has comments from the former sport had a large affect to 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 provide those gamers what they have been in search of, when it comes to accessibility, to provide them the chance to discover their setting additional.
Are you able to let us know a bit about if and the way the synthesis gadget has been changed in Ryza 2?
What we’re looking to do with Atelier Ryza 2 is to make the synthesis gadget extra out there for brand spanking new gamers, while at the other-hand making it deeper for people that already perceive the gadget. The group have performed a perfect process of creating the synthesis gadget more straightforward to know whilst including new options corresponding to “Evolve Hyperlink” and “Essence”.
“Evolve Hyperlink” means that you can create further sorts of pieces, diving deeper into the gadget and offering an entire new degree to synthesis, whilst “Essence” offers you other choices for extra preparations. Those two options will make the gadget have deeper customizability for our returning gamers, however presented in some way in order that novices can also be pleased with it.
Exploring ruins is a key a part of the tale this time… We also are taking note of fan comments and are operating laborious to make the struggle gadget even deeper and extra rewarding.
What’s the most important new addition that Atelier Ryza 2 brings to the collection?
Probably the most vital new addition to the collection is the power 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 within them while studying extra of the encompassing lands. We also are taking note of fan comments and are operating laborious to make the struggle gadget even deeper and extra rewarding.
The lead persona won a large number of 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 identify and labored at appearing her enlargement thru her new design; how she has improved as a human, how she is progressing in her lifestyles, and her enlargement into maturity.
Whilst many enthusiasts like to play with the unique Eastern voice paintings anyway, there are others that might revel in an English voice possibility. Is the loss of English dub a purely budgetary determination, and is it conceivable we’ll see English voice choices once more in long term Ateliers?
The explanation we haven’t integrated an English voice possibility is as a result of we’re looking to stay the discharge on an overly well timed agenda, with us in need of to verify all the global can play the identify as with regards to the similar time as conceivable. Including English voices would lengthen the improvement time of the identify and would considerably chase away the Western release. We’re extra focused on making sure everybody can benefit from the identify round the similar time, however we aren’t ruling it out as a chance one day! If we’ve an extended building time for an upcoming identify then it may well be conceivable.
How has the worldwide scenario in 2020 affected building of Atelier Ryza 2 and the group at Gust?
The GUST group, and the titles we’ve been operating on, have indubitably been influenced by means of the COVID-19 scenario. As an organization, KOEI TECMO Video games used to be in a position to successfully adapt and alter over to faraway paintings. This allowed us to unlock Atelier Ryza 2 in a well timed way. We might have cherished to unlock the sport previous, however with the pandemic’s affect at the building procedure, we needed to chase away the identify a bit.
We have now group contributors internally who’re trying out the sport, the ones each acquainted and unfamiliar with the collection, so we’re in a position to get helpful perception on how stress-free the sport can be in each scenarios.
Previous enthusiasts will indisputably have performed the primary sport, and different entries within the Atelier collection. For brand new gamers, regardless that, do you assume it’s best possible first of all Ryza 1 earlier than taking part in the sequel?
Enthusiasts will indubitably have extra amusing, and be capable to revel in Atelier Ryza 2 extra, after taking part in the primary identify. We’re developing the sport regardless that in an effort to get started taking part in Atelier Ryza 2 from the get pass and actually benefit from the enjoy nonetheless. We have now group contributors internally who’re trying out the sport, the ones each acquainted and unfamiliar with the collection, so we’re in a position to get helpful perception on how stress-free the sport can be in each scenarios.
We remember that the western model of the sport gained’t be censored on Transfer. With other corporations taking other approaches, how do you’re 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 identify for every other tradition or nation as one thing essentially dangerous, we don’t have any dangerous or damaging evaluations in particular in this. Each and every nation has their very own distinctive tradition and it actually is dependent upon what form of tale the director, manufacturer, or writer needs to infuse within the identify – from time to time it would now not paintings for each and every tradition.
Relating to Atelier Ryza 2, the identify we put in combination does now not wish to be censored for any marketplace, and many of us world wide can revel in it because it used to be supposed. After all, as a participant, I perceive the will to play the sport because the writer supposed.
Now that the Atelier collection 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 indubitably a chance of Ryza starring in every other sequel to make a trilogy! It’s value noting that we have been making an allowance for Ryza as a protagonist for the sequel again all the way through the improvement of Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout.
Are you able to discuss in any respect about Gust’s plans for Nintendo Transfer one day?
The primary identify that we launched on Transfer, Atelier Lydie & Suelle, used to be the massive get started for us at the platform. As we’ve persisted to broaden titles through the years, it actually has turn out to be a useful console for the group! As a result of it’s so vital to us, we might indubitably love to unlock extra titles for this platform one day.
In spite of everything, are there any explicit video games that you’ve got been taking part in just lately, on Transfer or some other platform?
Indisputably Ring Have compatibility Journey! Whilst taking part in, it’s thrilling to note how a lot more you’ll construct your self up. I’ve actually loved taking part in 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.