Among the many JRPG-related announcements at Sony’s pre-TGS press briefing today, was one from Nihon Falcom Corporation. Specifically, a brand new Ys game is in development for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita!
A vague teaser was shown, demonstrating some nice, colourful HD visuals that look true to the series, but didn’t reveal any story or character details, a release window, or even an official title! It appears that this could be the eighth mainline Ys game, since it was advertised as an all-new entry, but this is unconfirmed for now.
The series’ previous proper mainline release (that wasn’t a remake) was Ys Seven, which released for the PlayStation Portable in August of 2010. If one counts remakes, then the previous release was Ys: Memories of Celceta, a remake of the fourth mainline entry, which launched for PlayStation Vita last year.
Ys is one of the industry’s most enduring action-RPG franchises, particularly for Japan. The franchise has been ongoing since the original home computer release in 1987, which debuted in North America the following year in 1988 on the Sega Master System, where it was known as Ys: The Vanished Omens. Since then, the first and second mainline Ys games are usually bundled together, as they have been on the Turbo CD, PC, Wii Virtual Console, DS and PlayStation Portable, with assorted features and upgrades.
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