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Update [Fri 20th Jan, 2023 06:25 GMT]: Following a reveal at the end of last year, Falcom has now confirmed Ys Memoire: The Oath in Felghana will be released in Japan on 27th April 2023.

Below is a look at the box art which will feature reversible cover classic art. Pre-orders in Japan will also come with an original music CD - containing tracks from the series between 2010 and 2020. You can see the full track list over on Gematsu.

Image: via Gematsu / Falcom

Original article [Thu 15th Dec, 2022 05:15 GMT]: We've got some breaking news to share with action RPG fans. At Falcom's annual meeting of shareholders today, the company announced Ys X: Nordics would be coming to the Nintendo Switch in Japan next year (thanks, Gematsu).

Ys X: Nordics will celebrate the 35th anniversary of the series. It takes place in the northern sea Obelia Bay, made up of countless islands "big and small", and stars the young adventurer Adol Christin as the game's protagonist. Here's some additional PR:

After completing his adventures in the Ancient Kingdom of Ys, young adventurer Adol Christin encounters a maritime people known as “Normans” in this new land. Who are they? And who are the “Griegers,” immortal undead who attack humans…?

The battle system used up until Ys IX: Monstrum Nox has been drastically revamped! The new “Cross Action” system allows the player to fight using two modes according the situation. In the speedy “Solo Mode,” the player controls one character with the help of automatic attacks and support from their partner. In “Combination Mode,” the player can simultaneously control a series of actions for both characters to take on formidable foes in back-and-forth combat.

Additionally, Ys X: Nordics allows you to control a ship for the first time in the series. Explore vast oceans using sea maps as your guide and engage in naval battles against enemy ships in this new feature that adds to “the joy of adventure” that the series is known for. Other new systems include the special ability “Mana Action,” which significantly expands the degree of freedom on fields and in dungeons.

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Along with this announcement, Falcom also announced it was working on a HD remaster of Ys: The Oath in Felghana. It will be officially titled Ys Memoire: The Oath in Felghana and launches on Switch next Spring in Japan.

This definitive edition of the 2010 PSP title will come with voiceovers for the protagonist and event scenes in the game, remastered graphics and sound, the ability to swap between visuals (classic and refined), multiple sound settings, a high-speed mode and beginning friendly features.

The Ys series originally started out life in the late 80s with the first game and since then has received a number of follow-ups. The most recent entry in the series Ys IX: Monstrum Nox launched on the Switch in July last year. Check out our review:

If we hear anything about a western release, we'll let you know. Would you be interested in either of these upcoming Switch games? Comment below.

[source falcom.co.jp, via gematsu.com]