Falcom Shockingly Announces Ys I&II Port For X68000 Computers
Together with Falcom, retro shop Beep Akihabara, who is most notably developing Cotton Reboot, will release a new port of Ys I&II on X68000.
On November 24, Falcom announced a brand new port of Ys I&II for X68000 computers (Sharp X86K), releasing on March 9, 2021. The game will be handled by retro store Beep Akihabara, who is also making Cotton Reboot. Moreover, at the moment, the game is tentatively titled Ys I&II (For X68000). This will be a faithful, as is port of the original Ys I and Ys II released by Nihon Falcom in 1987 and 1988 on PC-8801mkIISR. Taking advantage of the X68000 specs, the scrolling will be smoother. Plus, the game won’t require a Save Data Disk anymore.
Ys I&II (For X68000) will cost 8800 Yen (tax excluded). Here are the official specifications:
- Genre: action RPG
- Single player
- Platform: X68000 / X68030 supported in compatibility mode
- Media: 5 inch / 3.5 inch floppy disk 2 discs
- Includes a special package, manual
— 日本ファルコム (@nihonfalcom) November 24, 2020
Nowadays, Falcom only develop games on PlayStation: PS4 and now PS5. PC, and Switch ports are handled by outside companies, such as NIS America and Clouded Leopard Entertainment. However, Nihon Falcom is historically a PC developer. Moreover, with series like Xanadu, Falcom pretty much invented the action RPG genre. it’s a very important point often ignored outside Japan. Especially with the language barrier.
As such, this is definitely not the kind of announcement I was expecting when Falcom teased multiple releases in 2021. However, this makes perfect sense. Falcom will release several games in 2021 instead of its usual one game per year schedule. One of these will be a new game in the Trails (Kiseki) series. It’ll be the sequel to The Legend of Heroes: Hajimari no Kiseki, released on PS4 (and PS5) on August 27 in Japan and Asia. Which was already a sequel to Trails of Cold Steel IV, which just launched in English.
Hopefully, Falcom’s 40th anniversary will finally mark the official localization of Zero no Kiseki and Ao no Kiseki. On Switch, PS4, and PC.