This highly anticipated sequel not only gives players an entirely new cast of characters to get to know, but also offers two different worlds to explore, where the actions in one can have a massive effect on the other. Players take on the roles of two orphans in a desperate struggle to save their land, Eden from destruction. In order to save Eden though, one of them needs to travel to the world of Belkhyde to uncover the reasons behind the fate of their land, while the other must stay behind on Eden to try to delay its impending doom. With unique abilities specific to each character, players must cleverly switch between the two to aid each other’s cause.
Atelier Iris 2 is developed by the renowned Japanese software company Gust, who have created a brand new “Active Time Battle System” which now gives players the chance to see who is going to strike first. It also enables characters to enter “break mode”, which magnifies hits and allows attacks to be strung together to unleash some serious damage. Take a blow from your enemy however, and you could be knocked into the “break zone”, making you vulnerable to chained attacks and much bigger damage. Charge attacks also enable characters to pull off truly spectacular attacks, depending upon the skills that individual has developed.
The UK release of Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny will also benefit from the inclusion of more powerful monsters, allowing for even more thrilling battles. With tougher enemies, players will be forced to approach battles more strategically (deciding whether to try and end the battle quickly or take it slowly and heal party members), as opposed to relying on sheer brute force to get through the encounters.
With innovative new features and so many items to collect, alchemy mixtures to experiment with, new abilities to learn, characters to meet, battles to win and lands to explore, Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny looks set to be just as engrossing and rewarding as the hugely popular original, Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana.
The European release of Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny is scheduled for September 2006.