Falcom Re-Releasing Four Ys Games For Windows 8 PCs

By Spencer . January 25, 2013 . 1:15am

Even though Falcom has been a strong supporter of PSP and PlayStation Vita, their roots are in PC development. In North America, a couple of Falcom’s titles are available on Steam. While Steam is available in Japan and there are other digital services like Playism, most of their PC games are sold in stores.


Falcom announced the will re-release Ys Origin, Ys I&II Chronicle, Ys: The Oath in Felghana, and Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim for Windows 8 on March 22. Each game will cost 3,990 yen ($44).


Ys Origins

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Ys I & II Chronicles

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Ys: The Oath in Felghana

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Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim

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  • You know what you must do, XSEED.

    • – Release Ys: IV

      • Kevadu

        By which I assume you mean Celceta…

    • asch999

      Ys : Foliage in the Ocean, please. Even just an announcement for English version will make me happy

      • no , a PC version please , and i will die with no regret !

        • All three of them were available on other platforms. Why not pick that one game, that probably no one played over here so far ?

          • MooPoint

            Nah. All of them are on PC in Japan, so why not PC version for US. Plus it is easier for Xseed to translate as the translation is already available, it is easier and will take less time to localize all 4 games.

          • I didnt say that they should not release them at all, but with all honesty, I’d prioritize Ys IV: Celceta more than those.

            I know that they are not bound to Windows 8 only, but I’d take four Ys IV’s instead of 4 games that I already experience on an operating system that is even worse than Vista.

  • Triplicity

    44 USD each? That’s…. highly unfortunate. When I glanced over the article I thought it was 44 USD for all four.

    (Contrast Steam’s base price for Origin at 20 USD and Oath at 15)

    • Peeka Chu

      The price seems ludicrous. I doubt they would charge that much over here though, as no one would buy the games.

      • Sadly, that price isn’t ludicrous for Japanese games. In fact, it’s actually a really good price. The price for the first box for Trails in the Sky was about $100. Before shipping.

        Falcom’s general prices hovered around the 7,000 to 8,000 yen range for the initial release of one of their PC titles. Some cases would be 8,000+ – almost 9,000 to 10,000 yen.

        The thing to remember is that Japan has a higher-costing economy. Things there are a LOT more expensive than they are here. (New CDs cost $28-$35, blu-rays cost about $60, new PS3 games about $80…)

        • But those old falcom boxsets always came with so many goodies. I spent over $100 for Felghana and I felt it was money well spent, as it came with an artbook and 8 music CDs, and the entire packaging was wonderfully put together.

          • That’s very true. But like I said, straight up PS3 releases can also go for about $80. It’s not as much of a price difference as you’d think between a regular and a limited edition release in Japan.

    • Japan’s games are always priced heavier than they are in the US. It’s unlikely they’ll be the same price if/when they get localized.

      • Triplicity

        I guess that’s true. A while back I was looking on Amazon JP at the Japanese-only PS3 disc version of Legasista– I think it was something crazy like 90 USD new and I had just forgotten

    • I thought the higher price might have been because these look to be physical rereleases to me… still a bit much, but maybe it’s not just a barebones box and disc…

  • pekikuubik

    Looks like they didn’t fix the port of Chronicles, so Complete is still the superior Windows version. What a shame.

  • VeroC11

    Here’s hoping XSEED picks up more Ys games.
    They did such a wonderful job with Origins.

  • JackDandy

    Fucking EXCELLENT. We need more Falcom stuff on PC!

  • MrRobbyM

    I better see AoN localized on Steam.

    • Barrylocke89

      Does Konami still have the rights to that game though?

  • Ephidiel

    Ark of Naphistim for Steam please

  • I hope this bodes well. I remember one of the problems with Ark of Napishtim and Ys I and II was that the games had issues running on versions of Windows later than Vista, so XSEED had to bow out of working on them. Maybe we’ll see these on Steam????

    Well, for Ark, I guess they have the whole Konami thing to deal with too

  • Tom_Phoenix

    I hope XSEED will eventually release the Ys games on GOG as well.

  • Poor Windows games. There so late to everything. Ys the Oath in Felghana is on my list of games to play on my vita.

    • I don’t see how these are ‘late to everything.’ These are just rereleases updated to a newer operating system.

      All of these games were released to PC well before they were out on console.

  • CabO

    Hope that Ys Seven on PC gets localized sooner or later, the Chinese have it lucky atm with their version

    • Maybe. From my experience, the DRM on the Chinese version is REALLY invasive and I’ve never had any luck getting it (or the PC Zero no Kiseki) to run on my PC at all.

      • CabO

        Well here’s to wishful thinking that XSEED picks this up then, as with the PC releases of Trails in the Sky

  • People should remember that, even after they stopped releasing PC titles, Falcom did a bunch of rereleases of their PC games, but that were compatible for and Vista and Windows 7.

    This really isn’t unusual. In fact, the only unusual thing about this is that there’s FAR LESS than what they’ve done in the past. It looks like they’re beginning to even phase out the rereleases.

  • $44?

    Geez. I paid $5 on a Steam sale for Ys Origin.

    • 3990 yen is actually, sadly, a very good price in Japan. Considering that most of these games were 8000 yen or more on their release (the first release of Trails in the Sky on PC was over 9000 yen, in fact).

      Pricing for video games is significantly higher. For example, the average PS3 game is generally over 7000 yen at launch – about $80 or more, depending on the exchange.

      • I know games are typically more expensive over there. At least new releases because used games tend to have massive price drops. I didn’t expect old Ys games to be this expensive. That’s all.

        • That’s what I said, it’s not that expensive in comparison to other games. I mean, even a game with the discounted “PSP the Best” label on it still costs around 2900 yen. That’s about $33 to $35…

          I would be very surprised to see a discounted game go any further below 2500 yen. It’s an unfortunate thing that Japan has a much more expensive economy than we do in North America.

  • Göran Isacson

    Are all these games available on Steam, or just a few of them?

  • Nothing would make me happier as far as Ys goes than if I could buy all of those old Ys box set releases for the PC (with the soundtracks and beautiful artwork) in english… no translation patches required.

    The Ys: Oath in Felghana box set for the PC is one of the greatest game releases I own (even though it cost me just over $100). It’s in Japanese but I used a patch. I’ve seen it run on the PSP, and the difference in visual quality is a huge visible decrease next to the PC release, If you ask me. Even when I first saw the PC release’s launch trailer in HD (which I can’t seem to find anywhere anymore) something about the clarity of the visuals just blew my mind. I wonder if the quality could be matched well enough if they one day released those Ys games on consoles… this is a series that I just have never cared to play on any handhelds… (unless it’s one of the classic run-and-bump, 2D Ys games. I’d actually love to have the TGX release of Ys I and II on my 3DS).

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