Ys Celceta: Sea Of Trees Coming In September

By Spencer . June 19, 2012 . 4:43pm


At last year’s Tokyo Game Show, Falcom announced Ys Celceta: Sea of Trees, a reimagining of Ys IV and the first version of the game Falcom worked on directly. While we haven’t seen the game since TGS, Famitsu reports Ys Celceta: Sea of Trees will be available for PlayStation Vita on September 27 for 7,140 yen ($90).


Right now, Ys Celceta: Sea of Trees is only announced for Japan, but Falcom’s president Toshihiro Kondo said he hopes Western gamers will enjoy Ys Celceta.

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  • Jason A

    I’d enjoy it on steam, not the Vita.

    • JazzyMan123

      Unfortunately, Falcom has pretty much abandoned PC development so if you want a PC port, you might as well be waiting for the cow to come back from the moon.

      Then again, there is this Chinese company which has been porting some of Falcom’s games to the PC, though judging by the Zero no Kiseki PC port (which is riddled with problems) , the job they do is rather crappy at best.

    • The steam releases we’ve seen recently have been from 4-5 years ago. In 2009, Falcom stopped developing for PC and started to focus entirely on the PSP. (And Vita now.)

      There has been a hint that there may be PC development in the future, but nothing at all outside of one tweet from someone who wasn’t even on the development team (from PR- and they had heard nothing of it at all- it was something they only saw in passing. It could have only been just them playing with the PC release of Zero no Kiseki from China.) from the company a month ago.

      Toshihiro Kondo said in an interview last year that it’s no longer cost effective for them to release games for the PC.

    • I’m sorry to break it to you but Japan isn’t a big PC dominated country… To survive the Japanese market, companies need to stick to consoles then consider PC port…

      Small companies like Falcom are unlikely(Not impossible) to consider that option…

    • Falcom wouldn’t enjoy the zero sales in Japan.

      • JazzyMan123

        Yeah, the PC market is basically dead in Japan at this point since just about everything there is portable based like the UMDs still selling like hotcakes there.

        In fact, here’s a quote regarding the PC market in Japan: “Problem is, the PC market in Japan is dead. Literally dead. Very few people even buy the hardware anymore for anything not involving an office; “leisure computing” is done on mobile devices virtually exclusively. There’s very literally no money left in the market; it’s pretty much a literal miracle that Falcom was able to squeeze what blood was left in that stone in the noughts. Trying to return would be madness.”

        • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

          It is not really suprising here considering japan mostly used their pc to play vn or some online game however as many vn also started to move to consoles and handheld, pc is not as lively as old times anymore.

          • That’s actually exactly what Kondo said. The PC gaming market in Japan is dominated by MMO’s. It’s pretty much near impossible to sell a packaged PC title there now.

          • JazzyMan123

            Oh, so packaged PC titles in Japan are basically dead then.

          • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

            But the truth is, even mmo is kinda dying there in japan considering many mmo has also started to move into consoles such as dwo and swo.

            The only thing left there is only vn I think.

      • From what I’ve heard, Falcom actually took a massive hit, sales-wise on one of their last PC titles.

        They randomly tweeted, sometime ago- “We love Zwei II, but the only time anyone buys it is when we put it up for a weekly special.”


        That makes me sad, also, because Zwei II is a GLORIOUS game.

        • JazzyMan123

          Think XSEED could grab it? It would make a WONDERFUL release on Steam. :D

          • I would love to see Zwei II on Steam. :D …and Xanadu Next. And Dinosaur Resurrection… T___T

          • JazzyMan123

            Woah there, you just listed most if not all of Tom’s favorite Falcom games. XD Honestly, I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch for XSEED to get those. :D

          • Well, they’re his favorites for good reasons! :D

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      I thought falcom has stopped their development on pc? Considering in japan, pc is not as hot as outside of japan and also considering how succesful is handheld in japan now.

  • epy

    I must have it!

    • JazzyMan123

      Chances that XSEED will localize are pretty high I must say.

  • Raharu95

    Freak Yes! I will be waiting, Xseed.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Was gonna import until I saw dat lovely price tag…yeah I’ll just wait.

    • (oh, here’s the original comment. Sorry about that double post.)

    • (Odd. My original comment didn’t go through…)

      While the price is high, that’s actually still less than the initial releases of any of their PC titles. Sora no Kiseki / Trails in the Sky’s limited box back in 2004 cost… I think 9900 yen.

      I remembered it being well over $100 with shipping included when I pre-ordered it.

    • Juan Manuel M. Su├írez

      I wouldn’t worry too much about the price, stuff in Japan costs a lot more than in the West. Even their PSN games cost a lot, it’s got nothing to do with the platform either, just…well, sky high prices. Doubt the game, if it ever makes it here, will be worth more than 40 USD~.

      • FitzpatrickPhillips

        Seems to vary. Importing 3DS games doesn’t break the wallet but Vita games stings real good. Even Atelier Ayesha was only around $70.

      • KuroiKen

        More like it’s just that this price is normal for japanese, while it’s pretty much a big price for other countries.

  • JazzyMan123

    “He hopes Western gamers will enjoy Ys Celceta”. Hm, I guess that’s pretty much a localization confirmation…maybe.

    • Probably. We pretty much got most of the Ys games now, thanks to Xseed, and I think the Ys titles tend to do ok.

      • JazzyMan123

        Yup. XSEED has done a terrific job in bringing the un-localized Ys games over in English over the past two years and mostly recently with Ys Origin (which is awesome I might add).

        So I’m sure Falcom is bound to entrust Celceta into XSEED’s willing and capable hands. :)

  • Here’s hoping it makes it our way soon!

  • Exciting news and if this gets a localization (though I will want to import this one even if it doesn’t) this is yet another reason I must get a Vita. I love the Ys games and am excited for this one. Very excited.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    A great news for vita owner here as the long waited falcom games is coming out.^^

  • Thank you so very much, Kondo!

  • JusticeRider

    YES, this is my reason for picking up a Vita. I’ll probably buy the system and the game the day this comes out in the US.

  • Hate to say this but I can’t get excited since we have had tons of Ys thanks to Xseed. And if this is brought over as a digital only game it will be the final nail in the coffin for me.

    • You make it sound like having too much Ys is a bad thing.

    • JazzyMan123

      Well then, why are you even here since it’s kinda clear you really don’t want this game?

      And what makes you so sure it will be brought over “digital only”?

      And blasphemy!! Too much Ys is NEVER a bad thing! With Falcom you can never go wrong with Ys!!! :D

      • Actually I didn’t mean that I don’t want it. I meant that because of the history we can be almost positive the only peeps bringing it will be Xseed. And Xseed as pretty much aside from Ragnarok Oddysey all digital. What I’m saying is hard to get excited about a $40 digital download.

        • JazzyMan123

          *Sign* When XSEED mentioned they were going ‘Mostly Digital’…that’s not the same as a FULLY Digital focus. Meaning they’ll give games with enough interest shown in them a physical release and all the other niche stuff digitally. Ragnarok Odyssey was such a game with enough interest shown in it. Have you ever visited their forums?

          Besides, they brought over all the other Ys games for the PSP physically, so what’s the problem?


    This game looks promising and Ys is a pretty good series, i recently grabbed the 3 psp off psn and Ys chronicles 1 & 2 is simple amazing.. i guess Oath of Felghana and Ys 7 will be a good distraction till new games come out :D

  • I’d be okay with this. My Vita needs things to look forward to, and I’ve quite enjoyed my Ys experience on Steam…

  • KuroiKen

    A remake for 90$? If I had veeta – I’d smash it against the wall. Well, I don’t, so I won’t lol. I don’t know why they needed to remake Ys 4 with gameplay of Ys 7, when gameplay of Ys 7 was so bad I dropped it. I really prefer the PS2’s Ys 4 Mask of the Sun a New Theory version. Loads better than this will be. There was also a version of the game for PC Engine and it was great(also one of the first games of Ys series that had voice acting), but I think that was Ys 4 Dawn of Ys, which is pretty different from Mask of the Sun, even though the two share the pretty much same story.

    • This is very important because all of the versions that were released before now were by the following: Tokin House, Hudson, and Taito.

      Do you see the issue? Not a SINGLE version of Ys IV has been developed by Falcom. This is the first version of Ys IV that will be taken by them.

      Mask of the Sun and Dawn of Ys were created based on scenario papers given to their developers by Falcom. However, while both diverged, Falcom has actually outright stated that the Dawn of Ys is not even canon.

      In the end, with Falcom actually making an Ys IV game, this is a Big Deal. We can finally get to see the story as /Falcom/ wanted it. Not with the variations made by developers working based on a scenario write-up.

      • KuroiKen

        I don’t think that’s really important if you like the story as others made it, and it fits into global world story. I liked both Mask of the Sun and Dawn of Ys, and have no problem with them being made by someone else using Falcoms script papers as a base, probably because I’m only purist when it comes to voiceacting, but besides that – if I like it I will have no problem with it.

        • What is this about the Dawn of Ys fitting in the global story? I don’t think it does at all. It’s really the only reason why I don’t like the game as much as others do. The details of the overall plot threads of the game don’t fit in too well there, I don’t think.

          The most important thing that I said in that is that both companies took a bunch of liberties. So much so that Falcom does not /acknowledge/ the Dawn of Ys as anything more than just ‘that game.’

          This particular game is something that fans have been asking about for years- and the story of Eldiel and his ties to the Eldeen and the rest of the incidents that involved them (as everything IS tied together in the series- it’s not as episodic as the games lead you to believe) go unresolved and unconnected in this game with both of the versions.

          This really is a case of… Say if someone published a Harry Potter book based on JK Rowlings’ writings, but without the knowledge of the background that she has, they make misconceptions and erroneous additions to the plot. –so eventually, 10 years later, Rowling decides to rewrite those efforts herself.

          (Somehow, disqus hated my formatting. It’s fixed.)

        • Something else I thought of mentioning after writing that response:

          Besides, I think this will be a remake to the scale that Oath in Felghana was a “remake” of Ys III. The two games are nothing at all alike, despite having traces of the story. Oath in Felghana was WELL worth the 9,000 yen I paid for it when it came out originally. And I love that game enough to have found a need to buy it three more times afterwards. (PSP-JP, PSP-NA, and Steam).

          Falcom has already proven to us that when they choose to remake a game, they make it bigger and better. (The original Ys I —> Ys I Complete/Chronicles, for example).

          I’m sure that this, just like Felghana was, will be a giant overhaul of a game that really, in my opinion, needed it. It needs Falcom’s aesthetics to make it really shine.

    • I really prefer the PS2’s Ys 4 Mask of the Sun a New Theory version”

      Now you’re just being a contrarian.

  • Woo! Finally a reason to own a Vita!

  • Zeonsilt

    So,we will get this in Summer 2013~,probably.
    Really enjoyed Ys Seven,looking forward to this one.

  • YES
    I love this serie, localized or not, you’ll be mine.
    A good reason to get a Vita

  • Irria

    Seriously, Falcom? 7K+ yen? Even new home console games cost less last time I walked into a Sofmap. With nayuta no kiseki they at least have the decency to give you a collector’s edition for that money.

  • Wagnaria

    “Toshihiro Kondo said he hopes Western gamers will enjoy Ys Celceta.”

    ~ Definitely! 8D

  • Ys is def one of those series that makes me wish I owned a Vita by now. I plan on getting one soon hopefully.

  • Guest

    Looks pretty good but damn…besides Final Fantasy & DQ, PS3 getting no love for old title JRPGs. All we got to look forward to is the new IPs (Ni No Kuni, Mugen Souls, Legasista, that Metallica game, Atelier Ayesha, Neptunia V, Tokitowa, Dragon’s Crown). All the older ones go to the handhelds (Digimon, Suikoden, Shining series, Phantasy series, Y’s series, Legend of Heroes series,

    • JazzyMan123

      Pet peeve here: It’s Ys!!! (Pronounced ‘ease’) Not Y’s!!! There is no apostrophe in Ys!!


    I am interested in this game. What was sad was that I did
    not own a psp before when the previous y’s were out. I bought a P.S. Vita
    yesterday and now I am able to look forward to this game without worrying about
    if I do not have the P.S.P.

    • What’s great with having a Vita is that all the PSP Ys titles are able to be played on the Vita as well. So you can purchase them from PSN and still enjoy them. :D

      This game in particular should be playing in a similar manner to Ys Seven- you might be interested in cehcking that game out as well.

  • AnimusVox

    I got excited for a moment, then I clicked the link and saw this is the release date for Jpn
    Spencer you wound me

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