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Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout

Last month, we reported on the fact that Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout had sold over 350,000 copies worldwide. Today, Koei Tecmo and Gust shared the special artwork you see above to celebrate the game’s success.

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Koei Tecmo announced today that Atelier Ryza sold 190,000 copies worldwide in the December quarter. Since launch, it has moved over 350,000 units in total.

Atelier Sophie is currently the series’ best-selling entry at 370,000 units, but that’s expected to change soon. Koei Tecmo said that Atelier Ryza “will probably be the best-hit Atelier game”.

The Wall Street Journal reports that “Koei Tecmo has boosted efforts to sell more of its games outside Japan on various platforms” in order to maximize sales.

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A new minor update has just been released for Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & The Secret Hideout. Here’s what’s changed with this patch:

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Koei Tecmo and Gust have announced a new “Atelier Fall Festival” live stream. It will be held on November 26 at 5 AM PT / 8 AM ET / 2 PM in the UK / 3 PM in Europe.

Atelier Ryza’s upcoming DLC “Claudia Story”, footage from Atelier Dusk Trilogy’s Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea DX, and more will be featured during the event. The broadcast announcement teases that Gust “may also blurt out its enthusiasm and ideas for the next Atelier game.” Yuri Noguchi (Ryza voice actor), Shallistera (Kotori Koiwai voice actor), and Toridamono (illustrator), and presenters include Junzou Hosoi (Koei Tecmo Games) and Akira Tsuchiya (Koei Tecmo Games) will be appearing.

Here’s where you’ll be able to watch the stream:

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Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness and the Secret Hideout received both a free update and some paid DLC today. Koei Tecmo published a trailer today which gives an overview of both:

Head past the break for a full breakdown of what’s included in both the free update and the DLC:

A new update has been released for Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout. The update adds support for Chinese language along with a host of other features. You can look at a list of the additions below.

– adds a story trailer
– fixes bugs
– adds both Traditional and Simplified Chinese language support
– take photos in the new Photo Mode
– aim for high scores with the Weasel Roast
– raise a puni with Puni Companion
– adds the highest difficulty setting LEGEND
– raises level caps for gathering location synthesis
– adds support for the latest DLC

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This week, the podcast is sponsored by Koei Tecmo. Check out Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout, out now on Nintendo Switch.

System: Switch
Release date: October 29, 2019
Developer: Gust
Publisher: Koei Tecmo


With yearly releases, certain franchises can sometimes grow complaisant and acquiescent when there’s a formula that works and becomes a signature, almost symbolic, to an IP’s legacy and name. In the case of Atelier, you know what you’re getting into with its slice-of-life approach to story, turn-based gameplay, fantasy world, and magical recipes. It’s what made Atelier what it is today with likeable protagonists, wholesome stories, and the chance to feel young and free. Each entry usually has a bunch of small tweaks that make up a larger whole that cause the games to feel distinct from each other despite the core approach effectively being the same, but when Atelier Ryza was shown earlier this year, you could tell right away that this was a big leap not only from Lulua, but from Atelier’s general direction as a whole. It still looks like Atelier, and it still feels like Atelier, though time and effort has clearly been made here for a new chapter and life that brings with it a fresh coat of paint, a new battle system, more intuitive interfaces, and just an overhaul of gameplay features and quality-of-life tweaks. All of these elements make Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout not only the best looking Atelier to date, but one of the most refined and refreshing entries in its history of over two decades.