The Evolution Of Ys Celceta: Sea Of Trees’ Story And Why Dogi Isn’t Around

By Spencer . September 27, 2012 . 10:39pm


Falcom just released Ys Celceta: Sea of Trees for PlayStation Vita in Japan. The game is a reimagining of Ys IV and the first time Falcom themselves directly worked with the Celceta storyline. The previous Ys IV games Dawn of Ys and Mask of the Sun were developed by Hudson and Tonkin House. Think of Ys Celceta: Sea of Trees to Ys IV and the Oath in Felghana to Ys III.


"We’re proud of so many things it is hard to narrow it down to any single element. For one, there is a lot of great action. It’s faster than Ys Seven so we believe action fans will be pleased. Thanks to the high specs of the Vita and the powerful processor we can put lots of enemies on screen at one time, much more than Ys Seven," said Falcom president Toshihiro Kondo when we were talking about developing Ys Celceta: Sea of Trees.


"In terms of the story, we actually did find the old documents that gave the basic story to Hudson way back in the day for them to base their Ys IV game on," Kondo revealed. " We didn’t necessarily go off on that exactly. The basic story in this one is Adol has just returned from the land of Celceta and he has lost his memories. He doesn’t even know his own name. He returns to the land of Celceta and gradually regains his memories as he is adventuring. That is something we have never incorporated in another Ys game before."


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Carna (TurboGrafx-16 on the left, PlayStation Vita on the right) 


"In the Hudson version, Adol and Dogi arrive in Celceta together and that is pretty much the basic start of all Ys games. In a way, it is sort of what we promise our fanbase. They know any new Ys title is going to start like that. You can also say this time with just having Adol in the beginning we are sort of breaking that Ys promise to our fans. We like to think that is a good thing to refresh the series since it is the 25th anniversary of the Ys series," Kondo explained when I asked how the Ys IV story evolved over the years.


Kondo continued, "We knew that with Adol not having any memories if Dogi was there from the start, Dogi would just tell him everything and his memories would instantly come back. By doing it in this fashion, we are able to incorporate that part of the story where Adol is talking to people that have apparently met him before. He needs to judge for himself whether they are telling the truth or not in terms of what happened before."




I asked Kondo if or when we’ll see Ys Celceta: Sea of Trees released outside of Japan. This was like the third time I asked Kondo about overseas releases so he laughed and said, "We would love to release it as quickly as possible in English."

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  • sherimae1324

    the game is faster than YS seven? well thats good 
    but atleast not as short as YS seven too ^_^ 

    •  For an Ys title, Seven was pretty long. Probably the longest. Just saying.

      • sherimae1324

        but i beat the game in 3 days…… and its not that really challenging at all…
        compare to FFT-0 its like a cakewalk…. also just saying

        • I’m pretty sure you can beat other Ys games in a single sitting, so this is longer. As for the difficulty, yeah, it’s kind of easy (except for some really good boss fights)

          • sherimae1324

            yeah i hope this one gives something more challenging… tougher monsters and more dungeons and… ummmm… an uber optional bosses tee-hee since this is a vita game i guess there will be no problem with that ^_^

  • I remember there was a forum on gamespot in anticipation for seven and every one was debating which girl Adol would end up with. One person said none he already has dogi and how he never shows much interest in any of the girls but the one time he was seperated from dogi he was real upset. You had to have read how they put it. Really funny.

    •  Feena.. I just want him to be with Feena T_T

      •  Finding someone that likes Adol and Feena makes my day. I <3 you.

        • AweOfShe

          Adol and Feena forever~

          *watches the OVAs again because it’s the closest I’ll get*

    • Seizui

       Adol x Lilia OTP!!!!! —-now, I better flee before a good friend of mine here kills me for the blasphemous pairing.

      •  This. I just pray that we will see her in Celceta again T__T

    • Göran Isacson

      Ha ha, yeah these kind of bromances really can get a bit… ambiguous, the longer they go on. Now I am no learned man as far as Ys lore goes, but has Adol gotten a LOT of different love interests over the course of the games, like a new one every game or so, or does he have just a few that keeps returning through each installment? Because if it is the former, and he keeps meeting new girls and yet sticks to Dogi all the time, WELL… then the evidence speaks for itself, does it not? :)

  • XiaomuArisu

    This series is so underrated.Needs more love.

    • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

      Seriously. If sales numbers don’t do this game any justice next week, I’ll be pretty pissed at the misguided priorities of the Japanese market~.

    • Fame can kill many good series. Remember Final Fantasy ? Yeah, neither do I. Starting to get famous means that they need to change many things and “streamline” many elements. Falcom is not a company that aims to sell Millions of Games, but to please a specific audience. I think they should keep on doing this.

    • no kidding this game is just too epic for it to stay in japan

  • Vadim Merzhey

    I hope this will be ported to PC… and this time not just in China as with Ys Seven.

  • Alexander Aubert

    DAY 1( if this one coming to US)

  • TiamatNM

    I’ll buy a vita for this game when it gets a US release

  • YS Seven was so much fun, I hope they bring this one over asap!

  • YS Seven was so much fun, I hope they bring this one over asap!

  • AweOfShe

    Dogi is always around. In spirit. ;)

  • Demeanor

    Give it here in the West, I’ll buy it faster than Adol can draw his sword.

  • Crok425

     Wait… Dogi isn’t there? D:
    NOOOOOOOOO– oh whatever the game still looks awesome. Dogi… you’ll be in our memories until Ys Eight comes around.

  • shion16

    Thats good news, i love Ys Seven but it was kinda easy for a Ys game.

  • Sergio Macellaro

    Maybe this weekend i will buy my PSV.
    If they date this game and Tales of Innocence i’ll be VERY HAPPY PANDA!!!

  • Aisioux

    As fast as they release this in English, is as fast as I purchase my copy of Ys for the vita. This game is like a nice solid definition of why to get a Vita. People always ask me why did I get a Vita? My response “Region lock: Disabled, Import Status :ACTIVE!”

    I seriously can’t wait for this game on my Vita. Along with many other glorious titles. Come on people. I have “Monies” I want to spend. It’s all yours, not mine. You yes, me no. Lmao.

  • Nickie

    If this would be my first Y’s game, would it be wise to start with this one or should I just skip it?

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