The tenth main entry in the Ys RPG series by Nihon Falcom has been known to be around for quite some time, and today, the Japanese company has officially announced when it will launch Ys X: Nordics and on which platforms.
The new entry in the series, which will also celebrate the series’ 35th anniversary, will be released on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch sometime in 2023 in Japan. As reported by Gematsu, the game will take place in Obelia Bay and will feature the younger player, as previously confirmed.
The setting is the North Sea Obelia Bay, which consists of countless large and small islands. After completing his adventures in the ancient kingdom of Y, young adventurer Adol Christine meets a sea people known as the “Normans” in this new land. who are they? And who are the “cowards”, the immortal zombies who attack humans…?
Ys X: Nordics will feature a revamped combat system called cross-action system that will allow players to fight in quick Solo mode controlling one character, and Combination mode controlling two characters. For the first time ever, the game will also feature naval battles that will better represent the sense of adventure that the series is known for.
Battle system used up to Ys IX: Monstrum Nox has been radically revamped! The new “Cross Action” system allows the player to fight using two modes depending on the situation. In the quick ‘Solo Mode’, the player controls a single character with the help of automatic attacks and support from his partner. In “Mixed Mode”, the player can control a series of moves for both characters simultaneously to take on powerful enemies in back-and-forth combat.
New screenshots from Ys X: Nordics were also shared today on the game’s newly opened official website, showcasing a colorful art direction very reminiscent of Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana. You can check them out below.
Ys X: Nordics will release on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch sometime during 2023. A western release hasn’t been confirmed yet, but it’s very likely that the game will eventually release in North America and Europe at some point.