Bless all our wandering souls: Ys 9: Monstrum Nox is finally confirmed for localization. It's been a long time coming, and Ys fans (mostly Ys fans named "Nadia") have been increasingly loud about wanting to see Adol Christin wander westward again. Nihon Falcom, the studio behind the long-lived Ys series, had teased the possibility of a localization earlier this year, so it feels good to finally get confirmation.
Nihon Falcom announced Ys 9's localization during today's New Game+ Expo. The one downside to the news is the wait will be a bit longer: We're looking at 2021 for a localization of the PlayStation 4 game. But turn that frown upside-down, because Nihon Falcom also confirmed Ys 9 is coming to PC and Nintendo Switch around the same time.
Ys 9 isn't the only good news out of Nihon Falcom today. The New Game+ Expo also gave us confirmation that Trails of Cold Steel 4's PlayStation 4 localization will fall in our laps sooner than later. Look forward to the final chapter in Rean Schwarzer's story on October 27. Again, the announcement comes with a tidbit of bonus info: Trails of Cold Steel 4 comes to the PC and Switch in 2021. Everything's coming up Mishy for Nihon Falcom fans.
Ys 9 is a bit of a darker chapter in the Ys series, as protagonist Adol finds himself framed and imprisoned in the prison city of Balduq during the game's opening moments. Outside of the prison walls, strange beings called Monstrum are causing trouble, and Adol needs to find a way to deal with them on top of performing a prison break. Ys 9 is sandwiched between 2016's critically-acclaimed Ys 8: Lacrimosa of Dana and the next Ys title, which has already been teased by Nihon Falcom.