Falcom president Toshihiro Kondo did an interview for Ys X: Nordics, their recently announced 35th anniversary title for the series.
Here’s the new details (via Ryokutya) from Famitsu:
- Nordics is a word coined to mean “people of the north”
- The story takes place after Ys I and Ys II. Adol is 17 years old and on his way to Celceta (mentioned in the manual preface of 1!).
- He is accompanied by Dr. Flair Rall
- The game is the first to be released on the Switch, but the main characters are younger, partly because it’s more user-friendly.
- There are only two playable characters (Adol and the axe girl), but the action is very dense and you can do a lot of different things with them.
- There is a town, but the base of operations is the ship.
- Solo mode is the traditional high-speed battle. Combo mode offers more powerful attacks, but the overall speed slows down and you can fight more slowly (the speed changes only on Adol’s side).
- Defense plays a large role. Guarding increases the Revenge Gauge, which increases attack power.
- We have paid a lot of attention to adjusting the difficulty level so that a wide range of users can enjoy the game.
- There is a special action called “Mana Action.” Mana Action is a special action that allows for more freedom of control in the air.
- Sailboat operations account for about 20% of the game. There is a map dedicated to ships, and when you encounter enemies, you can engage in naval battles. The ship has a growth element.
- The new video will be released at the beginning of the year or in the spring.
- The release date will be around the same time as usual (laughs).
- We are very conscious of the fact that we are challenging ourselves in a new field, the Switch. We are working on it with the intention of making it a game that newcomers and fans of the series will be able to play with the same feeling.
Ys X: Nordics is launching sometime in 2023 for Japan across Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5.
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