Only three things are certain in life: Death, taxes, and the assurance Falcom is always at work on the next Ys game. Falcom President Toshihiro Kondo assures fans the next installment of the long-lived action-RPG series is in the planning stages. However, he's not yet ready to confirm whether it's an all-new game or a modern remake of an older title.
“The Ys team is starting to move towards the next Ys,” Kondo said in a livestream earlier today, where he also confirmed Taiwanese publisher Clouded Leopard is working on Chinese localizations of many Falcom games (and is also bringing the Trails of Cold Steel games to Steam). “However, I cannot say at this point whether it will be [Ys] 10 or a remake of a previous title. Since I’m getting pressured by our staff saying, ‘It’s going to be the 35th anniversary of Ys in two years,’ I want to do my best to be able to show off something as soon as possible.”
The Ys series is indeed older than most of the people reading this site. The first game, subtitled "Ancient Ys Vanished," was released for Japan's PC-8801 in 1987. North America saw it on the Sega Master System in 1988. The latest game in the series, Ys 9: Monstrum Nox, came to the PlayStation 4 last year, but it's a Japan-exclusive release thus far. I'm eager to hear more about the next Ys game, but I'm also kind of hoping we hear about a localization for Ys 9 before the year gets much older.
I'm not too worried though, same as I'm not worried the West will be excluded in whatever Falcom has planned next for adventurer Adol Christin. Ys games are a bit slow to make it over here—Nihon Falcom has a deserved reputation as a solid, hard-working developer, but its resources aren't infinite—but most of them totter over eventually. That includes totally new adventures (like 2016's Ys 8: Lacrimosa of Dana) and remakes of classic Ys games (like 2012's Ys: The Oath in Felghana, which is an excellent update of Ys 3).
We talk quite a bit about Falcom's catalogue on the Axe of the Blood God RPG podcast, so wherever Adol is headed to next, you can count on us to tell you all about his journey.