Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim is to be granted a localized PC release on April 28th, XSEED has announced.
The game had previously only been released in English on the PS2 back in 2005 and later made available on PSP, and in Japanese on PC, so its release on Windows marks the first time that European players have had to continue the journey of Aldo Christin and his companion Dogi.
Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim was also the first game in the long-running series to be rendered in full 3D, and upon its original release in 2005, it was the first new Ys game to be released in over 8 years. Gameplay is similar to previous games in the series, with real-time battles taking place in large areas; but there have been some enhancements made to the PC re-release especially for English audiences. Full widescreen support has been added, along with support for USB gamepads, and the game’s graphics have been upscaled to support HD resolutions. There’s also a new optional “Catastrophe” mode, which increases the difficulty of the game by using healing items automatically upon pickup. Last but not least, you’ll be able to warp between save points this time around, which should cut out some of the legwork and make for an overall more convenient experience.
As you’d expect from a re-release of ten year old game, the recommended system requirement are on the low side. So long as you have a 1ghz Pentium III, 1gb of RAM and 2gb of hard drive space, you’re set to go. As for graphics cards, you only need something with ast least 32mb of VRAM, meaning that even the lowliest laptop should be able to run the game without any bother.
As well as being released on Steam, Ys VI will be made available via gog.com and the Humble Store, and will set you back $19.99/£13.99/€17.99, though there’s an early bird discount of 15% if you pick it up in the first week.
If you’re interested in picking the game up next Tuesday, XSEED has released a batch of screenshots to look over while you wait.