Ys Origin Comes To Steam With English Text In May

By Spencer . May 4, 2012 . 10:31am

01-01Xseed localized the prequel to the Ys series and its coming to Steam as a digital download later this month. Instead of following Falcom’s favorite adventurer, Ys Origin details the back story about the twin Goddesses Reah and Feena.


Ys Origin has three playable characters. Each hero has their own story to follow and different gameplay – platforming, shoot-em up, and berserker-style melee combat. After the story ends, players can take on Time Attack, Boss Rush, and Arena modes.


The English release adds widescreen support plus Steamworks integration with achievements, Steam Cloud, and leaderboards.


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Ruled by the twin Goddesses Reah and Feena and their six priestly retainers, the prosperous land of Ys was a veritable paradise, with all its residents able to enact miracles at will through the use of magic – a power granted them by a holy artifact known as the Black Pearl. One day, without warning, enormous demons marched upon the land, bringing death and devastation in their wake. Their numbers and their might were too much for the knights and sorcerers of Ys to handle, so the people sought shelter within their holiest of temples at the top of the tallest mountain. In a desperate attempt to keep these people safe, the twin Goddesses used the power of the Black Pearl to tear this temple from the ground and raise it into the heavens, away from the ever-growing threat below.

The demons were determined, however, and they erected an enormous tower from which further attacks were launched, bringing the battle into the skies. An all-out war had begun, with forces concentrated in Solomon Shrine above and the Devil’s Tower below.

And amidst this chaos, the twin Goddesses stole away into the night. No one was told of their departure – not even the Six Priests who served them. It seemed clear that they’d gone back to the surface, but no one knew exactly why. Only one thing was certain: Without the Goddesses, Ys could not survive.

Intent on finding their missing deities, the Six Priests organized a search party of the most elite knights and sorcerers in the land. These soldiers were given a single mission: Secure the safety of Ladies Reah and Feena, and bring them back to Solomon Shrine alive and well. But in the desolate, ruined remains of Ys, there’s only one place they could have gone: The Devil’s Tower itself.


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  • MrRobbyM

    Bring Ark of Napishtim to Steam and I will buy every other Ys game on Steam regardless of level of interest.

    • icecoffemix

      That and both Zwei game. Been interested in them for some time now.

    • Vanadise

      It’d be cool if they got Napishtim, but in all fairness, Felghana and Origin are both much better games.  

      • icecoffemix

        Doesn’t make Napishtim any less fun to play.

        • neo_firenze

           Napishtim is pretty damn great.  I think people who only saw it on PS2/PSP don’t realize that the PC version is the best version of the game. 

          That being said, I’d rather Xseed focus on Falcom stuff that hasn’t ever been localized… Trails SC/3rd for Steam.  Maybe leading into Zero no Kiseki for Vita.  Ys IV Vita somewhere along the line…

  • XiaomuArisu

    Awesome!Sad my pc sucks but awesome!I would buy it if it where on psn.There steam user buy YS its awesome.I need to stop using awesome.

    • wfgodbold

      It originally came out in 2006, so you should probably be fine. I don’t think it was particularly hardware-intensive at the time, either.

    • MrRobbyM

      I remember playing Oath in Felghana on my laptop I owned back in 2008. You should be fine unless you’re still using Windows 98.

      • Hell, even Windows 98 will work with Oath in Felghana (except for the Steam version) if your PC is somehow otherwise good enough. I don’t think the same applies to Ys Origin though.

    • daizyujin

      None of Falcom’s PC games have been all that impressive from a tech standpoint.  It is great this can be downloaded.  I remember paying $80 for it back in the day and opening it only to find out it reeked of smoke from some filthy smoker.  Wish I remembered the shop.  God it was nasty.

    •  This games are like PS1 graphics. You should be able to play them just fine in your pc.

  • cj_iwakura

    Sounds awesome.

  • Xseed knows no rest.

  • ddh819

    i might have to check out this Steam thing i keep hearing about

    • Barrylocke89

      Might as well. Steam’s free after all and you’re bound to find something on there that you’ll like.

    • MrRobbyM

      I highly suggest doing so. Even if you have a crappy, outdated computer, there are plenty of games you can play for cheap. They have sales all the time.

  • Day one

  • neo_firenze

    Xseed, I’m buying this immediately even though I have the retail Japanese version and translation patch that you based your localization on.  I’m trying to make as clear a statement as I can, and putting my money where my mouth is, to tell you I WANT MORE FALCOM.  Sure would be sweet to see a Trails trilogy announcement for your next Steam releases…

  • TenRX

    It’s already in English… 

    • If you count fan translations, yes, but this will be better.

      • neo_firenze

         Xseed used the fan translation for their port, from what I understand with fairly minimal changes.  Just like they used the fan translation for Felghana for their PSP and Steam releases. 

        So, no, it won’t be a substantially different quality of translation. 

        • I worked on this version so, yes, I know. However the translation has been given a major editing pass and is a much different read now, and there are a lot of extra features such as the Steamworks stuff (achievements, leaderboards) and true widescreen support. The Steam version is the definitive version.

          • MrRobbyM

            I’ll ask you the same question in case Brittany doesn’t answer. Any plans for a Ark of Napishtim steam release? I would LOVE that so friggin’ much.


          • XSEED doesn’t have anything to announce about future Steam releases at this time but rest assured we (I’m not directly part of XSEED myself, but I’d ultimately be involved in such things, so ‘we’) are definitely looking at the other PC Ys titles as possibilities for the future. I just can’t promise anything yet.

          • I feel bad for repeating her, but what Sara said! Steam is definitely experimental at this point, but it’s a direction XSEED is pretty darn interested in.

          • MrRobbyM

            @twitter-31661100:disqus @saraleen:disqus Thanks for replying! I have faith in you and XSEED.

          • neo_firenze

            Thanks for the heads up, looking forward to seeing the end result for myself soon!

        • Yup! Like Sara said, while we started with the fan translation as a base, Tom has basically worked his ass off and given the translation a complete overhaul. It’ll practically be a brand new translation, so hopefully you’ll love it! And everything Sara is implementing for Steam, including the widescreen support and Leaderboards, will be fantastic as well. 

          • MrRobbyM

            Any plans for a Ark of Napishtim steam release? I would LOVE that so friggin’ much. Thanks for bringing this over btw.

        • To expand upon what Sara and Brittany said, the scripts we received for this game and Felghana alike were both unedited when we got them, translated without first double-checking context from the game (as is often the case with first-pass translations). In Ys Origin especially, this resulted in quite a few occurrences of mistranslation due to mistaken context, which is why a thorough editing pass was necessary in both cases. If you were to compare the Felghana fan-translation with our official Steam or PSP release side-by-side, you’d see that the dialogue is indeed quite a bit different, with our translation more accurate to the original Japanese and (in some cases) a bit more natural-sounding in English (since the original translation occurred without context, a lot of lines were “kept generic,” so to speak, so they would apply to multiple contexts as necessary).

          Ys Origin was handled in exactly the same way, but the differences are even more noticeable since the game features three different protagonists and a wide variety of “conditional” conversations, making it extremely difficult to interpret what’s going on without actually seeing each line spoken in-game and confirming the exact situation. Jeff, the fan-translator, did an admirable job keeping up with this task, but it still needed (and needs, in some cases, as the project is ongoing) a whole lot of editing and QA before it would accurately represent the Japanese and sound natural in English.

          So once again, if you were to compare the fan-translation script with ours, you’d find a LOT of differences — even more than you might encounter with Felghana.

          I think you will indeed find that this is the definitive Ys Origin English script. Jeff put a lot of work into it, but please don’t assume we just used his translation verbatim — we’re putting just as much work into editing the game, to ensure that the end result is absolutely perfect.

          • PoweredByHentai

            Any idea on when Origins will come out?  May is a kind of long month for me.  :P

          • End of the month, for sure. It’s even possible it may slip back into June if something should go wrong, but the end of May seems pretty likely at this point.

          • PoweredByHentai

            Argh, you’re torturing me, man.  XD


          • neo_firenze

             Sounds great, thanks for the added info.  Didn’t realize it would be as substantial an edit as you describe.  Super excited at any rate, Origin is a really great game.

    • Darrel Daley

      Buying the Xseed version will fuel future Ys games.

  • Ladius

    Another day one purchase, even though I have already completed the game multiple times :) Any Ys fan should really give this game a chance, it’s less famous than Felghana but it’s even better in many ways.

    I’m really glad to see Japanese games (or Japanese-style games, like Analogue A Hate Story… by the way, check it out!) having finally some spotlight on Steam. Can’t wait to see Trails in the Sky up there, too.

    •  Yes! Definitely want to see Trails in the Sky there too.

  • How many YS games have been released so far on Steam? I can swear I’ve seen a lot last time I searched for it! They’re releasing it before we get time to finish the last one!

    • JazzyMan123

       So far, only Oath in Felghana and soon this.

      • Lol, excuse my stupidity. I recently noticed that I mixed steam with PSN somehow. Just forget what I said

    • MrRobbyM

      Um, what? There’s been only one released on Steam so far.

  • scratchbach

    Totally can’t wait for this. I’ve bought all of XSEED’s Ys games so far, including both versions of Felghana, and this game is gonna be no different. They’re all such great games.

  • dahuuuundge

    Now all I need is TF2 promo and all my dreams will come true.

  • Ooh May.  Could make a nice birthday game…

  • Ahem. EEEEEEEEE!!!! So excited about this.

  • I got the one of the ones that came out on the Super Nintendo for under $10, still yet to play it. Been a fan of the series for ages even though I haven’t properly played any of the games ^^;, it will be interesting to see how well the game does, and it is great that companies like Xseed work hard to localize games we otherwise would miss out on.

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