Following the disastrous release of Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana and the censored poorly translated release of Trails of Cold Steel 3, it is somewhat surprising Nis America is once again being allowed to localized an installment of the Ys franchise. Yet 2020 is keen on seeing us break. Groveling on our hands and knees for mercy, so that’s the reality of the situation.
Scheduled for release in 2021, Ys IX sees series protagonist Adol Christin and his stalwart companion Dogi return as they’ve made their way to the city of Balduq. A city recently annexed by the Romun Empire; it is one filled with mysteries and supernatural threats that drag Adol into another adventure.
Shortly after setting foot in the city, Adol is immediately arrested and thrown in prison for the crime of entering the city. A rather harsh offense until you consider this man has been involved with saving the world on numerous occasions and seems to have the worse or best luck depending on one’s perspective for uncovering and solving the issues he discovers during his adventures.
As it turns out, the city of Balduq is experiencing a supernatural threat from the shadowy dimension of Grimwald Nox. Monsters and other threats have been manifesting from this otherworldly dimension and can only be stopped by the Monstrums.
People afflicted with a curse that grants them supernatural powers and the ability to exorcise the monsters of Nox. Naturally, a “mysterious” woman named Aprilis shoots Adol with an unknown weapon transforming him into one of the stalwart defenders of Balduq.
Cliched as the plot may sound, Ys games tend to have engaging narratives that pay off the mysterious elements they set up. As with other entries in the series, players will once again be able to switch between six different characters. Each with unique abilities that allow them to traverse the world in different ways or discover hidden artifacts. Giving players a good reason to switch between characters.
Combat returns familiar elements such as must master flash dodge and guard, but will feature new additions. Or at least that is what Nis America claims. Boost Mode, a mechanic that allows characters to increase their attack and defense for a short time returns from Ys: The Oath of Felghana and Origin. Gifts the second “new” addition may be an actual new addition to the franchise as no information can be located of it existing in prior games.
Alas, as exciting as new Ys game coming to the west maybe, we’ll have to wait till 2021 to see how badly the translation is butchered and how much of the dialog is once again altered by their Nis America’s censorship happy team.