I might have been late to the party on the Ys series, but I’m already very much sold on both it and ultimate husbando Adol Christin. So, more games form the series becoming available on modern platforms is great news, especially if it involves the popular Ys: Memories of Celceta.
It will be coming to PlayStation 4 on May 16 in Japan as Ys: Memories of Celceta: Kai, Falcom have announced, costing 3,980 yen at retail and 3,500 yen via download. First-print copies of the physical edition will include a reprint of “The Collected Ys Music of Ancient and Modern Times.”
This version of the action RPG, which was originally released for PS Vita in 2012, will support full high-definition resolution visuals at 60 frames per second, as well as higher quality in-game background music. Additionally, some elements such as mini-games and puzzles that required the touch screen in the PS Vita version have been optimized for PlayStation 4, and the activation of “Extra Skills” has been changed to the same simultaneous two-button press from Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana.
About the game:
World-famous red-haired adventurer Adol Christin awakens in the unfamiliar land of Celceta, remembering nothing more than his own name. Bereft of his past, Adol explores the town he happened to wander into, searching for any clues at all to his identity. Joined by a thief who claims to have spent some time at his side these past weeks, the young adventurer helps rescue doomed miners from a collapse – an act which ingratiates him to the local Romun Army general. Impressed with their skills, the pair is enlisted to explore the Great Forest of Celceta and map its vast expanses – a task which many have attempted in the past, but from which none have ever returned alive.
- – Fully Enjoy the Land of Celceta with a Host of PC Enhancements – This remaster comes with a wide range of HD resolutions, fixed frame rates up to 120 fps with the option to unlock the frame rate altogether, fully customizable control bindings, fully integrated mouse support, and more!
- – Explore One of the Most Expansive Locales in the Series’ History – The overworld of Celceta metes out battle and exploration in equal measure, accompanied by a robust mapping system with customizable waypoints and clear, detailed icons that aid the journey of Adol and company through this mysterious new land where enigmas and obstacles wait around every bend.
- – Experience a Crucial Cornerstone of Ys Lore – The events that occur over the course of Ys: Memories of Celceta’s lengthy campaign serve as some of the most important and far-reaching in the franchise, yet remain entirely self-contained so even series newcomers can fully enjoy the story.
- – Throw Down the Gauntlet in Time Attack and Boss Rush Modes – Fan-favorite Time Attack mode returns, complete with its ultimate Boss Rush challenge, pitting Adol alone against implacable foes or allowing for full-on party combat to keep the battle going well after the main story has been completed. Steam leaderboards have been implemented as well, accessible and viewable even in-game to see how you stack up against other Celcetan boss-slayers around the world!
I’m definitely hoping for a release in the West of this, as I slept on Memories of Celceta for Vita. Also, I’m pleased that some of the quality of life changes added to the series in latter entries will be present here. What do you think? Will you be picking up this title if it comes to the West? Let us know in the comments, or on Twitter and Facebook, and check back for more coverage of this and other Japanese games.
Ys: Memories of Celceta is coming to PlayStation 4 in Japan on May 16th 2019. Interested in the series? Why not pick up the latest title?
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