Unless you're an RPG fan, you've probably never heard of Ys . But those who are familiar with the long-running Japanese series will be happy to know that Falcom has announced two new iterations for the PSP.
According to Andriasang, both games were revealed at the Ys Falcom Fes event a couple weeks ago; the first is Ys I&II Chronicles , which is a remake of the first two titles in the series. Actually, this will be the second time the original titles were remade, as a remake also released back in 2001. This remake will be based on that remake, but will certainly boast new elements, "including new visuals and background music." The other title that's coming is Ys Seven , the long-awaited sequel to 2003's Ys 6 . This time, Falcom says we can expect a whole new battle system, featuring the inclusion of party play (a first for the franchise). Dengeki Online has said the game will also include series hero Adol, and more info is to come in an issue of Dengeki PlayStation on March 27. Again, if you're not schooled on this series, you may want to do a little research. We imagine that despite the reported differences, if you enjoyed the previous titles you'll likely enjoy these new installments.
Ys I&II Chronicles is slated to release in July in Japan, with Ys Seven following in September. No word yet on whether or not they'll make their way to other regions, but we'll let you know if Falcom confirms a North American and/or European release.
Related Game(s): Ys Seven , Ys Chronicles