Can't find the keys.

The Nintendo Switch’s 2023 JRPG onslaught now has a bit a of a gap.

KOEI TECMO America posted on Twitter this morning that Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & the Secret Key is being pushed from its original February 24th release to March 24th. The announcement comes from the game’s producer, Junzo Hosoi.

As far as delays go, one month is pretty easy to handle. It’s also now nestled snugly between the releases of Fire Emblem Engage this week and Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in May, giving RPG fans more time to dig deeply into their adventures before hopping off to the next.

As a reminder of what we’ll get when Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & the Secret Key is released:

The latest summer escapade finds Ryza and friends enjoying their peaceful lives on Kurken Island when they hear news that a mysterious group of islands have appeared in nearby waters. It turns out that these islands, known as Kark Isles, are having a negative effect on their homeland, so Ryza and her friends quickly set out to investigate. But when their investigation leads to an enormous gate deep within strange ruins, Ryza hears a haunting voice in her head that wants to lead her to the ‘Code of the Universe’. Who is talking to her and what lies beyond the gate?

While uncovering the mysteries of Kark Isles, Ryza and her friends will explore four regions in a new “open field” – all explorable with seamless transitions! As players travel through these beautiful and vast sprawling landscapes and vistas, they will find mysterious keys that will aid them on their adventure. There are various types of keys that can be found and created, useful for exploration, synthesis and battle. Each key has a different effect, so players will want to try experimenting with them as the keys to unlocking the island’s secrets are now in your hands.

So, although it’s disappointing we’ll need to wait a little over two months to once again join Ryza and her friends, if Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout and Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends and the Secret Fairy are any indication, it’ll surely be worth it.

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