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Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle gets a new batch of screens

Boy, it's tough showing off these screens, as there's all kinds of spoilers! This batch of screens pertains to the third season of the anime in particular, so if you're not up-to-date no Attack on Titan, you're not going to want to click over! If you're all caught up, then check out the screens here.

Koei Tecmo running Atelier series sale

Don't miss this offer!

Have you been holding off on picking up one of the Atelier games on Switch? Your waiting has paid off, as Koei Tecmo has just kicked off a special series sale. Multiple entries in the franchise are currently seeing discounted prices, with some up to 40% off. Check out the lineup here.

Warriors Orochi 4 updated to Ver. 1.0.8

Warriors Orochi 4 has been updated to Ver. 1.0.8, which contains a number of bug fixes. Check out the full patch notes below.

Corrected an issue in which the game would stop when the number of targets for pursuit attacks exceeded a certain limit.
Corrected an issue in which the game would sometimes stop if Gan Ning attacked when certain elements were attached to his weapon.
Corrected an issue in which Zhu Ran’s dash attack could not be performed.
Corrected an issue in which the attack range of some characters did not match its appearance.
Corrected an issue in which, when the action sequences of some characters were played, lines that were intended for different attacks were sometimes incorrectly spoken.
Corrected an issue in which character lines were sometimes spoken repeatedly for a long period of time.
Corrected a number of other minor issues.

Atelier Ryza: The Queen of Eternal Darkness and the Secret Hideout - Info on story, and 4 more character profiles

Rounding out the cast

Earlier today, we shared a new batch of screens and art for Atelier Ryza: The Queen of Eternal Darkness and the Secret Hideout. Now we have a breakdown of info along with those assets. Check out details on story and 4 new characters below.

Story

In the middle of a lake lies Kuken Island. This story will take place on this island in a village called Razenboden Village.

Ryza, who lives in the village, is an ordinary girl that you could find anywhere. Feeling uneasy about her boring village life, she rounded up her close friends to talk about their dreams and put together a plan to leave the village in search of excitement.

Ryza and her friends, with their newfound determination, set out on their first journey to the “opposite shore of the island,” where entry is prohibited. There, they encounter a man who wields a mysterious power known as alchemy.

Ryza, captivated by that power, asks him to teach her alchemy, and becomes his disciple. Using this power, Ryza and friends will be able to visit places they have never been before. They will set out from their boring everyday lives to pursue their respective dreams one step at a time.

All the while, a threat was approaching Kuken Island.

Ryza and friends will soon embark on a once-in-a-lifetime “summer adventure” that only they can know and will be unlike any adventure they have gone on before.

■ Characters

Lent Marslink (voiced by Takuma Terashima)

Ryza and Tao’s childhood friend. Due to certain circumstances, he is treated harshly by the villagers, and hopes to one day achieve a feat great enough to prove them wrong.

He comes off as a slick young man, but he is a friendly and good-natured soul. He’s also quite savvy and often has to put a stop to Ryza’s unpredictable actions.

Tao Mongarten (voiced by Yui Kondou)

Ryza and Lent’s childhood friend. He is always carrying around an impenetrably difficult old book that was in his basement library, which he is continuously trying to decipher. So the villagers treat him like an oddball.

He is a shy person who is not very good at socializing, but he would never abandon his friends. His intellectual curiosity borders on obsession, and his ability to concentrate exceeds that of normal individuals.

Klaudia Valentz (voiced by Hitomi Oowada)

A new friend who comes to the village. The daughter of a merchant who visits Ryza’s village. Since she is traveling with her peddler father, she has never been blessed with the opportunity to make close friends.

She is mild-mannered, but has a line that cannot be crossed and can be surprisingly courageous.

Mr. Valentz (voiced by Hitomi Oowada)

Klaudia’s stern and honest father. The owner of a large company brought up in a single generation, he makes a living traveling together with a caravan of merchants. Due to his clearheaded and logical personality, he hates haphazard behavior. He can be a bit overprotective of his only daughter Klaudia.

Atelier Ryza: The Queen of Eternal Darkness and the Secret Hideout gets a new batch of screens and art, plus various bundle pics and preorder bonuses

Some very fancy bundles for Japan

Check out more screens and art here

As we mentioned yesterday, Atelier Ryza: The Queen of Eternal Darkness and the Secret Hideout is getting all sorts of different versions in Japan. There's the standard version priced at 7,800 Yen, 10,800 Yen for “Premium Box” editions, and 19,540 Yen for the Special Collection Box. The Premium Box edition includes a download code for the “Divell’s Embrace” costume for Ryza, an art book, a B2 cloth poster, a set of two stained glass-tyle clear files, and an acrylic mini charm. A 19,540 yen “Special Collection Box” will be available exclusively at the Gust Shop, Gamecity, Amazon Japan, and Sofmap.

Today we get a look at those various items included in those bundles, and also get to see some of the preorder bonuses, which include clear files, wallpapers, and more. More retailers will reveal their various preorder bonuses in the near future.

Atelier Ryza: The Queen of Eternal Darkness and the Secret Hideout hitting Japan on Sept. 26th, 2019

The secret's out

Japanese retailers have confirmed a release date for Atelier Ryza: The Queen of Eternal Darkness and the Secret Hideout. The title is going to launch on Sept. 26th, 2019, priced at 7,800 Yen for the standard version, 10,800 Yen for “Premium Box” editions, and 19,540 Yen for the Special Collection Box.

The Premium Box edition includes a download code for the “Divell’s Embrace” costume for Ryza, an art book, a B2 cloth poster, a set of two stained glass-tyle clear files, and an acrylic mini charm. A 19,540 yen “Special Collection Box” will be available exclusively at the Gust Shop, Gamecity, Amazon Japan, and Sofmap.

Famitsu feature shares new characters, info, and dev commentary on Atelier Ryza: The Queen of Eternal Darkness and the Secret Hideout

A whole new wave of info

This week's issue of Famitsu includes a feature on Atelier Ryza: The Queen of Eternal Darkness and the Secret Hideout, and some new details are shared. First let's get the new characters squared away.

Lent Marslink (voiced by Takuma Terashima) – Treated coldly by the village for some reason. His dream is to achieve a feat that will change the village’s view towards him. He comes off as someone who pushes his luck, but can be quite sensible and is often keeping Ryza in check. Since his father was a mercenary, he wears his armor.

Tao Mongarten (voiced by Yui Kondou) – A boy who carries around a profound old book that he is continuously trying to decipher. He is shy and not very social, but his friends are very important to him and not something he would abandon.

Claudia Barents (voiced by Hitomi Oowada) – A young woman traveling with her peddler father. She is mild-mannered, but has strong determination and does not yield her opinions. She wants to go on an adventure with everyone, and is looking for comrades in search of a true friend. In battle, she uses a flute and clarinet-like wind instrument.

Rubert Barents (voiced by Kenji Hamada) – Claudia’s father. He is a clearheaded and clever merchant. He seems to be overly protective of Claudia.

The feature also includes a basic summary of the game itself.

The main setting is Kuken Island, which resides in the middle of a lake. Ryza is an ordinary girl who lives on the island’s Razenbozen Village. Together with her childhood friends Lent and Tao, she sets off on a journey outside the island. There, she meets a male alchemist, who takes her on as an apprentice, and takes her first steps into the world of alchemy. Her friends also begin to face their own dreams.

Finally, the feature includes a short interview with producer Junzo Hosoi. Check out what he had to say below.

“This time, I think we need to show an Atelier different from the past, even more so than we did with Atelier Lulua. By continuing on the same path, the same old thing will end up becoming a sense of security.”

“We have yet to cast shadows on characters, but I wanted to challenge that kind of expression, perhaps due to an illustration from Toridamono.”

“Ryza had a mini-skirt at first, but Toridamono thought she should have skin-tight shorts.”

“The Atelier series is 23 years-old. I thought it would be good to go back to a familiar story from here.”

Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle - North American cover art

Cover up!

Taking place throughout Attack on Titan Season 3's timeline, Final Battle's Story mode plays through selected characters' points of view with major heroes active in Season 3 - now playable for the first time - boosting the total number of playable characters to over 40.

Atelier Ryza: The Queen of Eternal Darkness and the Secret Hideout - "Environments" video feature

See what the world has to offer

The official Japanese website for Atelier Ryza: The Queen of Eternal Darkness and the Secret Hideout features a neat little video that gives us a fly-through of the various environments found in the game. If you want to get a good idea of what kind of locations you'll be exploring, the clip above should do the trick.

Kill la Kill the Game: IF gets a 'Mature' rating from the ESRB

Avert your eyes!

For anyone who's seen the Kill la Kill anime, it should be no surprise that the game adaptation has gotten a 'Mature' rating from the ESRB. The series is known for lots of blood, plus a ton of fan-service. Looks like all of that is making it to the game as well.

Content Descriptors: Blood, Language, Partial Nudity, Suggestive Themes, Violence

Rating Summary: This is a fighting game in which players engage in arena-style one-on-one battles using characters from the anime series Kill la Kill. From a third-person perspective, players mostly punch and kick each other as they attempt to drain opponents' life meters. Players can also use dramatic special/finishing moves to inflict more damage. Some cutscenes and battle sequences depict large sprays of blood when characters get decapitated and/or dismembered. Finishing moves often allow players to blast the clothing off opponents, resulting in brief depictions of small nude figures in the background (no discernible nipples/genitalia). Some female characters wear revealing outfits that expose large amounts of their breasts and buttocks; a gallery mode allows players to zoom in on these characters' bodies. The words “sh*t” and “b*tch” appear in the dialogue.