Following a new Dragon Quest game and new Persona news, Sony revealed at its pre-TGS 2014 press conference that yet another long-running staple of the JRPG genre would be gracing the PlayStation brand name in 2015. Nihon Falcom is neck deep in a new Ys game (pronounced “ees”), and it is bound for the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita.
The Ys series has been around for even longer than Final Fantasy, debuting for old Japanese home PCs a few months before Square Enix’s long running series. Nihon Falcom is often prone to porting and remaking each game in the series, much like how the most recent Ys: Memories of Celcita was a remake of Ys 4. However, if this proves to be an original main timeline game, red-haired, mainstay protagonist Adol Christin’s newest journey would be Ys 8.
The plot is one that hasn’t been explored yet, so all indications are pointing to that being the case. Christin’s latest travels take him to the “Goethe Sea,” an archipelago of South Gria, and he explores an underwater city, forgotten to time. Like most games, it probably starts with him washing up on shore after a shipwreck.
No trailer yet, but screenshots show that Nihon Falcom is sticking to its guns and creating a bright and vibrant adventure for fans of this relic series. The new Ys will be available in Japan next year. Nihon Falcom has been good about localizing its games recently, so chances are Americans will have a chance to play it too.
Count me in, but the only question that remains is if it will support cross-buy. Ys is more fun to play on the go, but I would also love to play Ys on my huge TV for the first time. Nihon Falcom has always been very liberal about digital purchase practices, so it’s not entirely out of the question.