Published on October 17th, 2022 | by Adrian Gunning
5:13 PM FOUR CHARACTERS JOIN THE ADVENTURE IN ATELIER RYZA 3: ALCHEMIST OF THE END & THE SECRET KEY
KOEI TECMO Europe and developer GUST Studios have announced all new characters and gameplay details for the JRPG, Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & the Secret Key coming 24th February 2023 for the Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, and Windows PC via Steam®. A physical version of the game will also release on Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation®5, and PlayStation®4. The game follows fan-favourite alchemist, Reisalin Stout, and her mischievous friends on their third summer adventure as they set off to investigate a group of mysterious islands that have suddenly appeared, adversely affecting the stability of their hometown, Kurken Island.
While uncovering the mysteries surrounding the islands, Ryza and friends are able to explore with a greater sense of adventure than in past Atelier games – discovering landmarks, hidden areas, wildlife, and even randomly occurring quests. The story progresses through encounters and discoveries in the field and underwater as Ryza is able to climb cliffs, zip line across the shore, and summon a water beast to scale waterfalls! As players continue to explore the vast regions, various discoveries begin to tie in with the main story. Some wild animals can lead to treasure chests or provide materials, landmarks enable fast travel, and you never know what you’ll uncover when you find hidden areas in the field!
Throughout their journey across the strange islands, Ryza and friends will meet a variety of charismatic misfits to help aid in their adventures. The first new character they meet is Federica Lamberti, a strong-minded and persistent woman who wears a pendant that looks similar to a giant gate Ryza encountered when the mysterious islands first appeared. Federica is from the crafting city of Sardonica where she is the deputy union head of the craftsman union. Currently, the glasswork faction and Fairystones faction are at odds with each other and Federica is caught in the middle as deputy union head, attempting to mediate the feud. To reconcile the opposing factions, she decides to travel around the regions with Ryza and her friends.
As the quest continues into the remote village of Faurre, Ryza meets a boy named Dian Farrell who is part of a militia group known as “Gleaner”. A “Gleaner” is a term for warriors who collect “Seeds of Light”, the power source for the tools used in the village. “Seeds of Light” are scattered throughout the ruins, and collecting them means digging up legacies of the past. Dian is disgusted with “Gleaner” and their ways of digging up the ruins of other people’s past, so the boy-turned-hunter sets off for a new life by joining Ryza on her journey.
Also joining the adventure is Ryza’s childhood friend Bos. The heir to the Brunnen family, Bos has grown into a dignified figure. Until now, he hasn’t had the chance to go on the adventures with everyone, but it seems he has been covertly training “for the day we can go on an adventure together.” He used to have a strained relationship with Ryza and others due to a slight misunderstanding, but now they have reconciled, even if his badmouthing towards Ryza and the others persists. It was his secret wish to go on an adventure with his childhood friends, and there has never been a more important mission for him to take part!
But all characters are not as they first appear, especially when it comes to half-animal, half-human Kala Ideas. Kala appears to be a little girl, but in fact, she’s a great elder who is over a thousand years old. She is a legend among the Oren clan and not only seems to know something about the mysterious gate that Ryza discovered, but also the “Code of the Universe”.
Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & the Secret Key also features an Early Purchase bonus. Anyone who purchases a physical or digital copy of the game 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.