Koei Tecmo and Gust Studios recently revealed new gameplay details for the upcoming Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout. Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout sees you journeying with the titular Ryza and her gang of faithful friends taking advantage of the newly revamped battle system and exploring new gathering locations that you'll even be able to share with other players.
On your adventure in Atelier Ryza you and the rest of the party will explore a bunch of new locations, with some that were actually made by the party. Throughout the game, you will be able to collect special bottles, that when combined with other items will create new gathering locations to find even more raw materials. The items you synthesize with the bottles will determine the environment that gets created. Bombs will create a volcanic field, Plant Essence will create forests, and so on. Also, after you successfully create the new area you will be given a four-character password for that area that you will be able to share with your friends or social media to let other players explore that area themselves.
Another large part of the new Atelier Ryza is the Real-Time Tactical Battle system that has been largely revamped. With the new changes, the battles will continue on even while you are choosing character actions. You will be able to use Action Points to take Quick Actions, which allow you to use skills, critical attacks, and abilities outside of your turn. The Action Points are shared across the entire party, so you will need to think tactically about how you use them for any given battle. Filling the AP bar characters will increase their Tactics Level, which allows your party to use powerfull attacks and special combos. Another addition is Action Orders, which have one character ask the player to use a certain action and if done the character that gave the Action Order will follow-up with their own skill.
Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout is set to release on October 29 on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC on Steam.
What do you think of the new area creation system that you can share with your friends? Do you like the changes that they've made to the battle system?