XSEED Games Now Publishing Ys Series on Steam

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Over in Japan, Nihon Falcom’s Ys action-RPG series has made a name for itself on PC, but here in the U.S. it’s achieved much of its success and exposure on portable gaming systems like the DS and PSP. Konami and Atlus have both pitched in with English versions of the game, but niche publisher XSEED Games should get most of the credit for giving us not one, not two, but three series installments on the PSP. We’ve reviewed a few of the handheld titles over the years (links at the bottom of the post).

In a move that brings the series full circle in a way, XSEED has announced that it is now a certified Steam publisher, with plans to translate Ys titles for English PC releases. Ys: The Oath in Felghana is up first, scheduled for Steam launch on March 19th for $14.99. It will be a true port of the original 2005 Japanese PC version rather than the updated PSP game from 2010, and thanks to Steamworks integration it’ll support new features like Achievements and Steam Cloud.

Ys Origin, a prequel set 700 years prior to the original and the first game to not star series icons Adol Christin and Dogi, is on deck to follow Oath in Felghana, but a specific release date is still to be announced. This one’s an even bigger deal because Origin, first available in Japan in 2006, has never had an English release.

Sweet stuff. Join me in giving XSEED a big, fat, wet, juicy kiss right on the virtual lips. Oh, and enjoy these screenshots, too!

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