Ys announced for PS4, PS Vita
posted on 09.01.14 at 03:37 AM EST by (@salromano)
Action RPG coming to PlayStation in 2015.


The next title in the Ys series is coming to PlayStation 4 and PS Vita, Falcom announced during Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia’s press conference this morning.

The game is set in the “Goethe Sea,” an archipelago of South Gria. Playing as Adol Christin, players will experience a new story in a land buried under the sea and forgotten by the people.

Falcom plans to take advantage of PlayStation 4 in producing the game’s rich colors and vast world in high-definition.

Ys is due out in Japan next year.

Watch a trailer below. View the first screenshots at the gallery.

  • MyBodyIsReady

    This is awesome! :O

  • https://www.behance.net/cobaltcomet KOKAYI5

    Getting it! I want it! I saw the trailer and it looks as fun as Memories of Celceta and Ys Seven!

  • Zackasaur


    Will absolutely buy day-one.

  • TreizeX

    Holy shit I’m sold. The only game I wanted.

  • Elle

    The vita game was a glorious masterpiece so I’m getting this day one.

  • http://hatintime.com/ ShadowFang

    Sweet! I just hope that it looks better than a really, really high-res PS2 game :P

    Step up your game Falcom. Been a long time since you worked on a current gen console….

  • Lara Croft

    YESSSS!!!!! Ys for PS4 and Vita :) :) :)

  • https://twitter.com/RyoonZ RyoonZ

    Do you know the name Adol Christin?
    Because he’s coming to PS4 in 1080p60fps.

  • AnimusVox

    *jaw drop*

  • notcarolkaye

    I’m pretty elated about this. Was there any indication beforehand that it was coming?

    • Elvick

      Pretty sure there was… can’t think of what it was specifically. :

      • DyLaN

        I’m sure I’ve seen an art of Adol facing some sort of pheonix. Its prob that.

    • pixxxelz

      yeah they showed this a while ago

  • Elvick

    The trailer made the game look incredible. Stepping it up for sure!

    • http://hatintime.com/ ShadowFang

      Okay, you can’t tease us like that. You *have* to link the trailer! Everytime I put in some combination of “Ys”,”PS4″, “announcement” and “trailer” into Youtube, I just get trailers for “The Last of Us Remastered”. It’s not even trying, ugh. “Y” doesn’t even look like “U”, I mean, what?!

      Link, please :)

      • Elvick

        I don’t have one. They archived the conference if you want to try and find it that way though… or wait for someone to rip it or it to be uploaded officially.


        • http://hatintime.com/ ShadowFang

          Thank you :)

          It does look real nice! Gotta wait for a better quality one to show up to be sure though – UStream can’t handle Ys’ speed, at least not for me. LOT of chunky pixels going on there. But when it sharpened up, it looked real nice! =D

          • Elvick

            Ustream is terrible, I didn’t check PlayStation_JP’s YouTube to see if it’s there. The quality of the stream was better there, but there was no translation so.

            fake edit; I checked for you and its not any better quality there, so we gotta wait for HQ uploads.

      • Elvick

        1 hour 33 minutes in. :P

  • badmoogle

    Favorite part of the conference for me.

    • Orichalon Hades

      aw it use 7 / Celceta system. Guess that’s fine but i personally prefer the traditional Adol solo rampage type of gameplay D:

      • Zackasaur

        I think you’re in the minority there. :P

        Nothing wrong with that, but you’re going to have to deal with it. The series seems to be headed in this direction permanently.

        • Orichalon Hades

          probably, but still though. Would love to see Adol going full man-mode and solo everything in his path.

          • Zackasaur

            Haha, fair enough!

          • Budgiecat

            every action rpg does that.

            Which is why I appreciate trinity Souls, Dragon Age, tales, Star Ocean, and now this (action rpgs where you can switch characters in battle)

          • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari


        • Articuno76

          If it helps I preferred the old gameplay style as well.

          There was more crowd management such as when you have to hectically manage ground-based enemies whilst running/jumping around and batting at airborne enemies.

          • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

            Yeah, long gone are the days where you will actually feel threatened in Nightmare/Inferno mode because you’re all alone, lol. Now you have people to help you along, which will make things easier, thus making the games themselves much easier than the older ones. Funny… That’s kind of how the industry as a whole seems to be going, you know, hold your hand and all that.

            I bet most of these new guys playing Ys, that got into it cause of Seven, would shit their pants if you asked them to play Ys V Expert, lol.

        • Budgiecat

          Actually I spoke to tetsuyahikari and he agrees with him as well .”Ys dead to me since they ruined it with that party system”

          oh well….sucks for them..

          • Zackasaur

            It’s still a minority. lol

            That doesn’t make them wrong! But Famicom have received a lot of praise since Ys Seven and are sticking with this system as a result.

            • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

              We’re only a minority because the casual/new fans are outweighing the older fans now (see Ys I&II). Please don’t interpret this as being a good thing though. It’s just a sign of the times, honestly. The demographics have changed, so obviously they are using a system more accessible to everyone rather than sticking with tradition (and it’s probably to break themselves away from being called the ‘Zelda clone’).

              I remember the days when we didn’t even have an attack button and the highest level was 10, and it took them years just to incorporate a jump feature (see: Ys III). Those days are long gone though and we will no longer be the solo adventurer, unfortunately.

              Personally, I would have been fine had they stayed the route of Oath in Felghana (which was basically just a remake of Ys III, using the system from Ys VI and improving upon it, but ultimately it looked quite similar since they were wanting to stick with 3D) and Origin. Now we’re just getting a watered down version of their Legend of Heroes games and nothing to really separate them apart any more.

              • Izzeltrioum

                Origins was my first, and Ys I+ my second (Nightmare Difficulty first walk, welp). Haven’t played Seven yet, but I got myself into Celceta (Midway though. Haven’t played it in a while). Honestly? I really really adore the Bump System. The platforming-esque ones are nice too, but I want me back some Bump ;_;

                I didn’t have any problems with the party system. What still irks me is the level system. Just level up 3 lvs more and bosses are cake. Really would like some dynamic AI à la Barbatos from TOD2 (God I miss those days meat-shielding Kyle).
                A second thing would be 2D and story-telling. I was really astounished when characters and villains from Origin interacted with each other through dialog boxes and stuff; Immersive music, sharp writing, fitting reactions, no voices. If there was something I loved about Origins, was just all of that: This tends to be more enjoyable with mute characters. With 3D ones, not so much. Celceta’s voice-acting feels kind of off… but, then again, maybe I’m nitpickying/Biasing.

                • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

                  Yeah, the voice acting has never really been anything to write home about when it comes to Ys, lol. It was especially funny when they first gave Adol a voice in the remake to IV for PS2 (or did he have a voice in the remake to III as well? It’s been a while since I’ve played them). The only thing that has managed to stay good the whole time is the music.

                  I don’t see myself playing a new Ys game ever again though at this rate. I like to go back to Ys I from time to time, just for kicks, but yeah… Unless they go back to the Napishtim/OiF/Origin system and give us a solo adventurer again, I’m through with the series.

              • Budgiecat

                LoH is now turn based

              • Sav

                i kinda agree with you.

            • Elle

              Tbh I only started giving Ys the time of day because of Seven.

              • Zackasaur

                That’s not at all uncommon. c:

              • Sav

                that’s smart, seven isn’t even that good.

                try playing 1/2 complete or oath, they’re far better than the party system stuff falcom is using now.

                • Elle

                  Played 1 and liked it (had to use a guide for a couple things tho), hated 2 and oath. dfferent taste. It’s nice that you enjoy them.

                  • Sav

                    yep, too bad you don’t, but atleast you tried them.

                    have you tried legend of heroes from falcom? if not ya should.

      • Haganeren

        Yeah, but now you can jump ! It was my main problem with the 7 / Celceta system for me. The fact you have to do everything by a dodge button made it a little too easy compared to Ys like Oath in Felghana.

        • Zackasaur

          I do love the jump!

    • Altin

      8 hours in Paint

    • AdamBoy64

      First game that’s made me think that maybe I should get a PS4.
      It looks great.

  • new_tradition

    The only Ys game I played was Seven. A nice looking game, but in comparison, this game looks downright beautiful.

    Can’t decide which version I want though…

  • Articuno76

    Weird how the game is skipping the PS3 yet still coming to the Vita. Guess after Sen no Kiseki Falcom took a step back from under the PS3s hood, grimaced awkwardly, raised their hands in confused defeat and walked off :P

    The new Ys game actually looks really nice albeit in that shiny way some indie games do when you can tell the hardware is carrying far more of the visuals than the art department. It’s sharp, clean and bold in a way that isn’t entirely unpleasant.

    Honestly, I don’t expect Japanese developers to keep up with western ones in terms of raw technical wizardry, but if they can consistently put out clean looking games that play well then I’m pretty happy.

    Edit: It looks like Japanese developers opted to work on the relatively easier-to-work-with PS4/Vita combo are something of a trend coming out of this conference.

    • Budgiecat

      PS4 was designed along with the Vita in mind

  • PrinceHeir

    Definitely one of the highlights for me!!

    Good stuff!!!!!!

    Now The Legend of Heroes needs to make a new entry for PS4 :)

  • LunarHaven

    I am having the fanboy giggles right now O_O

  • desponent

    Luminous Arc, Way of the Samurai, GE, and now this. If all those are brought to west then I’m already very happy for 2015 Vita. :D

    Celceta was the number 1 reason I bought Ys so I hope Xseed bring this also.

  • artemisthemp

    Now that I only waiting on Localization news for PS4 version of YS

  • https://twitter.com/RyoonZ RyoonZ

    I think it’s safe to say this will be released in September next year.

  • Frank Doomrider Johansen

    OYEAH!!!! Been lovin the Ys series for a long time now! GIMME THIS!!!!!! Like RIGHT NOW!!!!

  • LordKaiser

    Still hating the Art style but oh well. I may buy it for the game-play and story…

  • Anime10121

    That looked GLORIOUS! And unlike the Kiseki games, we’ll actually GET THIS ONE :D

  • Tetsu

    I’m waiting for the inevitable XSEED Collector’s Edition Announcement.

  • An Tran

    Third person instead of top down? When can I get this? And of course with this being open world, I need this on my Vita.

    • Tetsu

      Open World = Better Vita experience?

    • https://www.behance.net/cobaltcomet KOKAYI5

      Ys seven and celceta might interest you too.

      • An Tran

        I have Seven and enjoy it and was planning on getting Celcetta later. I just like the camera shift with thus new one.

        • https://www.behance.net/cobaltcomet KOKAYI5


        • Thulsa

          Celcetta is AWESOME, you need to buy it today!

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

    Oh Ys… I miss the days before Seven. Will you ever return back to the way you once were? Falcom, leave the party system for your Legend of Heroes series and go back to making Zelda/Link clones like you used to, and make a game where we just control Adol.

    If you can do this, I’ll be interested in the games again, but until then… Any Ys you release these days can’t even compare to the titles you released in the 80’s and no amount resources poured into the graphics will ever change that.

    • commodorewheeler

      I like the party system. I’ve been playing Ys games since 1988 and grew up on just controlling Adol, but to me, going to the party system was actually an improvement.

      • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

        Not a whole lot of people share that sentiment though. I used to be an active member on an Ys forum for a few years and as soon as details about Seven began surfacing, a lot of people just flat out disowned the series, much like myself, due to switching from solo to a party based system. One of the things I loved about Ys was that it always had a solo adventurer, but now that we’re using a party these days… It just lost a certain magic about it.

        Now it’s just another party based RPG, so I don’t really agree with the direction they took it in, especially since we don’t have as many RPGs with a solo protagonist these days (not counting create-a-character systems such as Dark Souls, Skyrim, etc.). It seems that most of the people I speak with about Ys started on Seven, so they’re a newer fan, which is why they are comfortable with the direction of the series.

        A lot of the older fans though, much like myself, don’t like what has happened and wish they would go back to having Adol running by himself and simply meeting Dogi and co. along the way, but not forming a party. Still, Ys isn’t the only one to take a different route… Resident Evil has changed, Castlevania has changed, Silent Hill, etc.

        • Rohan

          And here I thought I was the only one that thought the party system ruined something special with Ys. I keep trying to play through seven but its just not there anymore, it’s not even like its a bad game its just….eh. Oath, 6, and Origins were sooooooo good, why did they try to fix what wasn’t broken. :C

          • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

            Well, the way I see Seven is simple:

            “As an Ys game, it’s terrible.”

            “As a RPG, it’s good.”

            For the people who don’t have a past with Ys, they wouldn’t think twice when playing something like Seven, but those that do… They may feel disinterested now, seeing the route they have taken with it.

            • commodorewheeler

              We’re going to have to agree to disagree on your first quoted statement. Seven was actually my second or third favorite game in the series, and I played all of the console Ys games other than V when they came out.

        • commodorewheeler

          I guess this is just going to be a difference of opinion between me and a lot of the longtime hardcore Ys fans, but the fact that Adol was solo never really mattered to me. I was personally drawn to the series myself because I felt that the gameplay clicked with me, the music was awesome, the characters were memorable, and the art was beautiful.

          I’ve always actually been partial to having parties in my RPGs, and when Ys introduced theirs, I didn’t feel like it took away from the gameplay at all. If anything, it added a bit more variety for me. And although I’ve never encountered an action RPG with party mechanics that I would call “perfect”, I feel that Ys Seven and Memories of Celceta have the best executed party mechanics that I’ve ever seen in an action RPG. So I actually considered it a good thing when they went to the party system.

          The change that bugged me more, and again, I realize that my opinion is probably in the minority on this, was the introduction of platforming elements in the top-down view games in the series. I’ve never liked platforming elements in action RPGs, and the introduction of them in Ys didn’t change my opinion on them. But they never bothered me enough to want to disown the series, and I’m OK with seeing it there in the new game. If the new game is good enough otherwise, I’m fine with it.

  • Gemini

    The PS4 games they announced in TGS 2014 looked pretty great. Though I know Yakuza Zero and that Project Morpheus game will likely be Japan Only. For the the others we see them sooner (or later) once they released it for Japan. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for God Eater 2 Rage Burst localization.

  • NoctisCrystallisXV

    I can’t believe this game is this too awesome coming to consoles thanks for falcom make this game way in to ps4 and vita too!

  • Akari Akaza

    JRPG’s……..in PS4…..o(^-^)o

  • miyamoto

    1:45:21 can anybody tell us what that awesome looking mecha game is?

  • AdamBoy64

    Oh man. This looks super fun.
    A PS4 game I could really get excited about.

  • Sav

    Anyone else wish falcom would go back to the solo adol battle system?

    party system isn’t terrible, but i’m getting sick of it.

    also for some reason or another it makes the game of lesser quality than the older ones like oath.

    i think some others might agree with this…

  • Sky

    I hope this game gets localized. I need some more Ys games. Recently completed Memories of Celceta. Definitely picking up the ps4 version.

    • commodorewheeler

      I think it’s a really safe bet that XSeed will localize this one, unless their relationship with Falcom somehow falls apart. From the impression that I get reading their forum, the Ys franchise is one of their biggest successes.

  • Deadly Raver

    Y’s on PS4? YES!!