Nihon Falcom updated the teaser website for Ys X: Nordics with new gameplay details, screenshots, and information about the protagonist duo. Ys X: Nordics will only have two playable characters, Adol Christin and Carja Varta, and use the new Cross Action system. The events of Ys X: Nordics happen in between Ys I & II and Ys: Memories of Celceta, chronologically, and they are based on the travelogue titled “Lost Paradise in the North.” Japanese artist toi8 is in charge of character design. [Thanks, Game Watch!]
The new Cross Action system allows players to switch between Solo Mode and Combination Mode. In Solo Mode, the player controls either Adol or Carja, with the AI partner acting automatically. During battle, the player can switch between characters at any time by pressing a single button, similar to the systems used in recent Ys games. Enemy attacks with a blue aura can be easily dodged in Solo Mode.
Meanwhile, in Combination Mode, both Adol and Carja are controlled at the same time. Damage and number of attacks dealt increases, but movement and dash speed is reduced. In Combination Mode, the player can guard against attacks. Doing this increases the Revenge Gauge, which allows the activation of a special skill that deals heavy damage to enemies. Red enemy attacks can only be blocked in Combination Mode.
In Ys X: Nordics, Adol Christin is a young 17-year-old adventurer on his way to Celceta. Meanwhile, Carja is the only daughter of Grimson, the leader of the Varta navy. Carja is known as the Pirate Princess. Japanese visual artist toi8 will be in charge of character design. He has previously worked as the character designer for I am Setsuna, and Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE.
Yuki Kaji voices Adol in the Japanese dub of Ys X: Nordics. Kaji previously voiced Koichi Hirose in the anime adaptation of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable and recent JoJo’s fighting games, Hope Estheim throughout the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy, and Phoenix Wright in the anime adaptation of Ace Attorney.
You can check out a gallery with new gameplay screenshots of Ys X: Nordics here:
Ys X: Nordics is currently in development for the Nintendo Switch, PS5, and PS4, and it is scheduled to release sometime in 2023 in Japan.