Atelier Ryza 3 delayed by a month for an extra round of polishing

Delays for improved quality are usually a good thing.

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The release of the upcoming final game in the Ryza series, Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & the Secret Key was fast approaching, with the game previously slated to release for consoles on February 22 and on Steam on February 24. However, the game’s producer Junzo Hosoi released a statement in which he announced that the game’s release will be delayed by about a month, with the new release dates being March 23 for consoles, and March 24 for Steam.

He went on to explain that the development team’s goal is to release the game that would be the best quality experience for players and a proper send-off for the trilogy, saying that the team needs more time to “fine-tune the final touches” to get everything up to player’s standards for the series.

If you game you’re looking forward to is going to be delayed, this is probably the best way for that to happen. With all of the turmoil in the industry these days, a developer taking extra time to work out a few kinks and get the product up to snuff is almost always a good thing. For a series as beloved as Atelier Ryza, that’s important — especially with this serving as the series finale. Of course, this probably won’t be the last game in the Atelier series as a whole, but fans who are looking forward to this trilogy of games ending will hopefully get the send-off they’re looking for as part of this delay.

The upcoming adventure is the final part of the trilogy following the previous two games developed by Gust and published in the west by KOEI Tecmo America, Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy released in 2021, and Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout released in 2019.