Gust Celebrate as Atelier Ryza Will Soon Become Best Selling Atelier Ever

Gust Celebrate as Atelier Ryza Will Soon Become Best Selling Atelier Ever

Following Atelier Ryza's sales exceeding 350,000 copies, character designers Toridamono, Mel Kishida, both shared new artwork of Ryza.

The sales of Atelier Ryza might be setting off a new record for the Atelier series soon. Via their official Twitter, Atelier series’ studio Gust officially announced on February 14 that Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout sold over 350,000 copies worldwide. An illustration by Atelier Ryza character Designer Toridamono was published for the occasion:

Mel Kishida, the character designer of the Atelier Arland games: Atelier Rorona, Atelier Totori, Atelier Meruru, and the recent Atelier Lulua, also shared an illustration of Ryza:

As a side note, Gust also asked people on Twitter whether they cleared Atelier Ryza or not:

Here are the results as of now:  Out of the 11,510 votes, 45.5% answered they cleared Atelier Ryza, 13.6% are currently playing it, 17.6% played it, 23.2% didn’t buy it. This is pretty interesting data, but should be taken with a grain of salt seeing it’s a simple Twitter poll.

According to Takashi Mochizuki, Koei Tecmo technically already announced at the end of January 2020 that Atelier Ryza sold over 350,000 copies worldwide, and that the game has a high chance of becoming the highest selling Atelier game ever, surpassing Atelier Sophie‘s 370,000 copies. Seeing that was a few weeks ago, it’s highly likely the sales for Atelier Ryza will soon or have already surpassed Atelier Sophie.

If you’re wondering why Atelier Ryza is selling this much, in my opinion, it’s a mix of multiple factors, and this success shouldn’t be solely attributed to Ryza’s Zettai Ryouiki becoming a sensation on social media. Or else, many other Japanese games with popular character designs would be enjoying much higher sales. We explained all that in detail in a dedicated editorial.

Koei Tecmo Producer Keisuke Kikuchi already mentioned in late 2019 that a new Atelier game is currently in development at Gust, along with Fairy Tail RPG and three other unannounced games. Atelier series Producer Junzo Hosoi also confirmed Ryza will make an appearance in the next game. He also spoke about the future of the Atelier series. As you probably already know, the Atelier series’ games have been working as trilogies for over a decade now. Taking all this into consideration, it’s highly likely the two next Atelier games will form a trilogy with Atelier Ryza and will be set in the same world.

The upcoming Fairy Tail RPG, Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIV, Dead or Alive 6, and Dead or Alive Xreme Venus Vacation all include collabs with Atelier Ryza. In the past, we also covered an interview with Toridamono, where he revealed prototype designs for Atelier Ryza.

Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout is available on PC via Steam, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.