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Join the Mischievous Ryza, Lent, and Tao on a Magical Journey of Self-Discovery and Adventure!

Hertfordshire, 29th October 2019 – KOEI TECMO Europe and GUST Studios are set to launch Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout on Friday, 1st November 2019, across Europe for the Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and Windows PC via Steam®. The latest entry in the fan-favourite Atelier series begins an all-new storyline arc, while bringing a beautiful new visual style, and introducing exciting new battle mechanics to the franchise.

Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout follows teenage tomboy Ryza and her band of mischievous friends, Lent and Tao, who yearn for adventure and excitement far away from their mundane village life. As the group explores a forbidden island in search of adventure, they encounter a wandering alchemist, Empel, and his warrior partner, Lila, who change their lives forever. The duo agrees to teach Ryza the enchanting ways of alchemy, preparing her for a harrowing quest to save her hometown from a mysterious and deadly darkness lurking beneath the surface.

Throughout Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout, players will utilise completely revamped synthesis and battle systems – collecting and synthesising raw materials into powerful items for battle, before fighting the lurking monsters which roam the many lands they will venture through. The new synthesis interface clearly displays the required materials and effects that can be added to the final item at a glance, using a ‘Linkage Synthesis’ system to easily display item placement. Newcomers to alchemy will be warmly welcomed with easy to understand synthesis, whilst series veterans will be able to take full advantage of the system via strategic item placement. The fresh ‘Real-Time Tactical Battle’ system allows battles to progress even while character actions are being chosen, offering fast-paced and exciting battle situations.

Adding to the fun between exploration and battle, Ryza and her friends will be able to visit their own secret hideout as their new base of operations. For the first time in the series players will be able to fully customise their hideout to reflect their unique style, with changes also offering the ability to raise certain stats  in the field and during battle. While at their hideout, Alchemists are able to perform a unique type of synthesis – using special bottles – which combine with other items to create an abundance of new gathering locations full of raw materials. Depending on which items are used in the process, the environment can drastically change!

Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout is available to purchase this Friday from GAME and independent retailers through Centresoft. Purchasing any version of the game before the 12th November 2019 will grant access to the early purchase bonus ‘Summer Adventure’ costume for Ryza.

To learn more about Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout, or to purchase the game, be sure to check out our official website, Like us on, and Follow us on Twitter @koeitecmoeurope.


KOEI TECMO EUROPE LTD. is a publisher of interactive entertainment software for current generation consoles, handhelds and digital download content based in Letchworth, Hertfordshire, UK. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of KOEI TECMO HOLDINGS CO., LTD., headquartered in Yokohama, Japan. KOEI TECMO’s best known for their signature ‘one versus thousands’ Warriors series, the fan-favourite Ninja Gaiden and fighting entertainment title Dead or Alive. Through collaboration with strong existing franchises, such as A.O.T. Wings of Freedom (Attack on Titan), has brought fan-favourite shows to life in video game form. The company’s desire for innovation and diversity has seen the creation of the critically acclaimed dark-samurai action title Nioh, which takes on new and unique gameplay styles. The company’s acquisition of GUST, developer of a variety of heart-warming titles, has seen their flagship Atelier series span generations of consoles and fans alike. More information about KOEI TECMO EUROPE LTD and its products can be found at

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