As any fan of the niche Japanese publisher Falcom would know, you can never count on their games being localised for western audiences. It was extremely heartening then to see both of their flagship franchises have exciting announcements during the New Game+ Expo broadcast which aired on June 23rd.
Ys IX: Monstrum Nox was confirmed to be coming to English-speaking countries in 2021, while The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV will be closing out the epic saga of Class 7 on 27 October 2020 for PS4, with PC and Switch versions coming out next year. Both games are being brought over by NIS America, who were responsible for the most recent entries in each series.
The Ys games are Action RPG’s that follow the adventures of Adol Christin as he explores foreign lands, engaging in frenetic combat while being scored by some jaw-dropping music. Ys IX seems to base its gameplay heavily on Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana, which was the first in the series to go fully 3D. This can only be a good thing, as that game was a ton of fun, and the new prison city setting and Monstrum powers look to propel this latest entry towards even greater heights. And, from the trailer, it sounds like the music is living up to the series’ lofty standards.
We already knew that we were receiving a localised version of Trails of Cold Steel IV, but the announcement of a release date in October makes the grand finale to the Erebonian cycle of this immense series feel even more real. For any newcomers to the Legend of Heroes series, this is absolutely not the game to start with, as it is built on the hundreds of hours of lore, characters, world building, and plot that the previous games have already established. With that said, it is one of the richest and most fleshed out series in gaming and should be tried by anyone who appreciates a powerful narrative weaving its way through multiple games.
Ys XI will be coming to PS4, Switch and PC in 2021, while Trails of Cold Steel IV will be releasing on PS4 on October 27, 2020, with Switch and PC ports coming in 2021. For more coverage on these series, check out our Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana Review and our The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III Review.