JRPG Ys Seven slashes out later this month

Ys Seven

Nihon Falcom’s JRPG Ys Seven [official site] will hit PC on 30th August, publishers XSeed Games have announced. The port of the 2009 PlayStation Portable original is a “full upscaled HD” version and will feature lots of resolution options, new achievements and a refreshed translation from the Japanese version, XSeed say.

It will set you back £19.99/24.99€/$24.99, and there will be a 10% discount on Steam, GOG and Humble Store to kick things off. For that you’re getting an action-heavy RPG and a story spanning more than 20 hours. It’s the sixth game in the series to come to western PCs after Ys I, II, III: The Oath in Felghana, VI: The Ark of Napishtim and prequel Ys Origin. They’ve been a mixed bag, but Seven has a good reputation so it’s worth keeping an eye on.

You’ve got a three-man party and there’s no split between the real-time combat and exploration and segments like you have in some JRPGs. I watched some gameplay footage on an XSeed Twitch stream last month (sadly, the video is no longer up) and thought it looked decent. I mean, it looked like a PSP game upscaled, but the combat looked enjoyable and suitably flashy.

Here’s a trailer from a few weeks ago:

It continues the glut of older JRPGs coming to PC this year, including two games in the Nihon Falcom’s Legend of Heroes series: Trails of Cold Steel and Trails in the Sky the Third. And if you missed Tales of Berseria in February, that’s definitely one to check out.


  1. BlackeyeVuk says:

    Pardon my French, but…

    These mothefuckers are on the roll, they been importing everything on PC lately. I wonder why. I mean, what’s best platform for keeping (old) games relevant and sellable forever? With back-compatibility/or in case stuff needs updating some-nerd-freak-wizard-fan doing it for free, and with neverdying community no matter the obscurity. Yes. Yeees. PC. Ladies.
    So join us , we need you desperately. Sincerely.

    • wcq says:

      Nihon Falcom does seem to be one of the friendliest and most forward-thinking Japanese game companies out there, which is doubly impressive considering they’re also one of the oldest. Stuff like their free-use policy for music certainly cements them as good guys in my book.

      As an aside, I recently realized that Falcom has put their whole music library of amazing soundtracks on Spotify. If you have an account, I strongly recommend listening to them right this instant.

      • BlackeyeVuk says:

        As a matter of music, I do collect awesome stuff from games. Thank you for this info.

        As a appreciation here some old gem epic stuff for your pleasure.

  2. Neurotic says:

    I wonder if it’s a complete re-translation, or just another proofreading pass. Probably the latter. Either way, it’s nice to see it done.

  3. buzzmong says:

    How do you actually pronounce “Ys”?

    Eyes? Is? Whys?

    • wcq says:

      It’s pronounced more or less like “ease”. The name is a reference to the mythical lost city, Ys.