Ys V or Ys Eight, Falcom Pondering the Direction of Adol’s Next Adventure

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In a recent interview with Siliconera, Falcom president Toshihiro Kondo discussed the potential future of the Ys series.  The action RPG franchise will see the release of Ys Celceta:  Sea of Trees, a remake of Ys IV, next week.  As for what lies in store for the redheaded hero Adol Christin’s next adventure, Kondo had this to say:

“At this point, it is too hard to tell if it will be Ys Eight or maybe we’ll take all of our new technology and remake Ys V.  Those are just a couple of possibilities that we’re discussing internally on which direction to go with the Ys series.”

If the next game is in fact a remake of Ys V, it wouldn’t be the first time that the game has seen an update.  Originally developed as a Super Famicom title in 1995, the game received an updated, more difficult version entitled Ys V Expert a year later.  A PS2 remake of the game was published by Taito in 2006.  No version of Ys V saw official release in North America.  On the other hand, the last new game in the series, Ys Seven, was originally released on the PSP in 2009 and published in North America by XSEED Games in 2010.

For those curious, here’s a video of the early minutes of the PS2 version of Ys V, courtesy of Youtube:

To the Ys fans out there, which would you rather see?  A localized remake of the fifth game, or a new adventure?

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