Marvelous: Ys VI And Akiba’s Trip Coming To PC

Just another day in Akihabara.

Another two Japanese action-RPGs are coming our way from PlayStations via Xseed Games, the publisher announced last week, and they’re certainly a curious pairing.

Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim [official site] is from the long-running, well-received series Xseed have been trickling onto PC for a while now. Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed [official site], on the other hand, is about freeing Tokyo’s otaku district Akihabara from vampires by beating them up and whipping their clothes off to expose them to sunlight. Well!

Yes, these vampires get by in sunlight as long as they’re covered, and for some reason they’re set on claiming Akihabara. Naturally, these means you’ll also fight people in costumes, from bears to anime maids, trying to rip their clothing off in beat ’em up battling. They’ll do the same to you. And the fact that you can also dress up in weird costumes means it’s probably fair, right?

Developed by Acquire, it’s the 2013 sequel to Akiba’s Trip, and was released on PlayStation 3, PS4, and Vita. This PC port will have the PS4 version’s ‘Visual Editor’ which lets folks fiddle with sliders to add weird effects.

Ys VI is, well, more Ys. I’ve never played Nihon Falcom’s action-RPG series, but I hear good things about it. Ys VI was actually originally released on PC in 2003 but only in Japanese. While the later PlayStation 2 and PSP versions had official English translations, PC folks were reliant on a fan translation. This new release will bring a “brand new” translation, widescreen support, warping between checkpoints, and a ‘Catastrophe’ mode where healing items are automatically used as you pick ’em up.

Here’s a peek at Ys VI:

Both games are due some time this spring. Ys VI will be on Steam, Humble, and GOG, while it looks like Akiba’s Trip is only headed for Steam.

20 Comments

  1. Creeping Death says:

    Can someone finally tell me how Ys is supposed to be announced? “Why’s”? “Yees”?

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      Harlander says:

      “Eees”.

      No, really.

      • yonsito says:

        and with a dodgy french accent

        • Crafter says:

          dodgy does not even begin to cover it.
          I listened to Origins’ intro for a whole minute without realizing that it was supposed to be in french and I am French !

    • iainl says:

      Just like Rhys, but without the Rh bit. See, not completely crazy.

    • anHorse says:

      Yeast

      Fantastic news about Ys, less excited about the other game. To say the least

  2. Anthile says:

    Ys VI uses the same engine as Ys: Oath In Felghana and Ys: Oranges. Strange that it took them this long to finally translate it.
    Surely Ys: Seven can’t be too far off…

    • Philomelle says:

      Pretty sure it was a licensing issue. Ys VI was localized by Atlus, who are notorious for licensing things and sitting on them till the end of days (see also: STING, with whom Atlus signed an exclusive US distribution contract and then proceeded to not localize any of their most long-running and popular series).

      It’s likely that Atlus’s distribution rights to Ys VI only recently ran out.

      • Mokinokaro says:

        Ys VI was actually in a far more complicated situation.

        The PS2 version with its full voice acting was handled by Konami while Atlus published the PSP version.

        AFAIK we are not getting the fully voiced version.

        • vorador says:

          Fun fact: The PS2 version had small details like character models changed from sprites to 3D models, and tons of cheats and unlockables by playing a mini game where you hit color coded columns to form a code.

          The PSP version was plain horrible. Not only everything was washed out and ugly, but also the loading times where absolutely terrible. There was almost more loading than playing.

    • commentingaccount says:

      The company translating the games doesn’t have a lot of resources, so they do one game at a time. Not only that, but contracts have to be signed, etc.

  3. unangbangkay says:

    Akiba’s Trip is…odd. I like it, and the Way of the Samurai series that it takes most of its structural cues from, but both are willfully eccentric enough that they’re difficult to recommend. If the price is right, people with a sense of humor curious about seeing developer Spike’s take on open-world play might be well-served, though if you own a PS3 you’ll get more out of buyIng Way of the Samurai 4 instead.

    • Spacewalk says:

      WOTS4 is coming to PC too innit?

      • Dinjoralo says:

        It is, but there’s no release date set in stone, nor is there much information in general.

  4. smeaa mario says:

    What bothers me with the Ys series is that they seem to have kept each game too damn brief to provide a complete experience. What each game lacks in terms of length, you have to compensate with lots of grinding, which isn’t something bad for an rpg like this but not enough alone nevertheless.

    This is too unfortunate. If they had made a little bit more effort to lengthen game time, the series wouldn’t be a collection of niche products appreciated only by few. They would instead be better known.

  5. DrManhatten says:

    Yeah more crazy Japanese games! Well not a fan of Ys series but the other one looks interesting

  6. Jason Moyer says:

    Ys VI has been available on PC for 12 years. Available in English and on Steam is another matter. Same with the other Nihon Falcom games that Xseed has translated and put on Steam.

  7. Yglorba says:

    I wish they’d translate Vantage Master Japan and throw it up on Steam. It’s seriously one of the best strategy-RPGs I ever played, yet it never got released here. It’d make a ton of money if they just put it on Steam.

  8. FriendGaru says:

    I like it when games strive to authentically recreate the feel of real world locations, and I recognize exactly where that top image is supposed to be, which makes me interested.

    Can you side with the vampires? Having the area taken over by undead monstrosities would actually make Akihabara less creepy, I think.

  9. Travistech says:

    Ys is not that much of a surprise, but I must say i’m quite pleased to hear that Akiba’s Trip is going to get to reach a new audience. The game is steeped in Japanese weirdness, and despite the typical expectations you might have going in about objectification and the like, the game is actually very upfront and non-sexual about the nudity in the game. There are no bouncing bosoms, no weirdly mobile hips or buttocks, just stealing people’s pants to defeat them and absorb the power of their purloined boxer shorts. and miniskirts. mind, I don’t dislike games with said bosoms and hips, but i understand where some people are not comfortable with that being front and center in their RPG/beat-em-ups