Throughout her journey, Ryza will rely upon her newfound powers of synthesis; creating items which will help her overcome any obstacle in her path, including the powerful new threat facing her beloved hometown. In fact, Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout features a completely revamped synthesis interface, which clearly displays the required materials and effects that can be added to items at a glance. This new ‘Linkage Synthesis’ system features a fixed number of cells that players can unlock via strategic item placement – extending a variety of different results imbued onto the final product depending on the way the cell branches. Special change recipe cells can also be uncovered to unlock new recipes, enabling aspiring alchemists to experiment with different items while discovering exciting new results.
The new ‘Item Rebuild’ process then allows for these created items to be used again during synthesis. Rebuilding an item offers the chance to make it stronger than it was originally built – the more times an item is rebuilt, the more superior it will become. However, rebuilding an item also causes the amount of dexterity required to increase, limiting the amount of characters who will be able to us them. Choosing between item strength and ease of use is now vital when planning battle strategies.
In addition to the synthesis system information, a charming new trailer for Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout was also released; along with various images of some of the colourful characters Ryza will meet on her journey including: close childhood friends, Lent and Tao; the courageous merchant’s daughter, Klaudia; the protector of Rasenboden Village, Agatha; the mysterious wandering alchemist, Empel; the cool and composed wandering warrior, Lila; and the young sprit, Kilo.