Falcom Working on Something “Brand New” That Isn’t Ys or Trails

Outlet PushSquare recently conducted an interview with the President of Nihon Falcom, Toshihiro Kondo, about the recently released Trails into Reverie, the launch of the Crossbell duology, and more.

However, one question did ask about what goals the company has for the future. Kondo said that Falcom is working on something that isn’t Ys or Trails. It’s possible that this may be the highly rumored Tokyo Xanadu sequel they’ve been hinting at

What are Falcom’s goals for the near future?

For the immediate future, the most important thing is to make sure that Ys X, which is the series’ 35th anniversary title, is a rousing success. It’s also the tenth entry in the series, so there’s that aspect as well. Beyond that, we want to show fans something brand new that isn’t in either the Ys or Trails series. We’re currently working on that.

Various Tokyo Xanadu sequel teases, including new merchandise, have fans relatively certain about this being the new project, but Falcom can always throw a curveball. Regardless, we’ll keep you all updated.

For those unaware of this underrated entry, Tokyo Xanadu is disconnected from Falcom’s prominent Trails and Ys franchises. Instead, it takes place in a new setting called Morimiya City with a brand-new cast.

The title was initially only available on PlayStation Vita before receiving an enhanced port on PlayStation 4 dubbed eX+, adding new story and gameplay content. This version would then be ported to PC via Steam from publisher Aksys Games.

Gameplay features action combat, more akin to the Zwei duology, and inspired by the Ys games. Characters are swappable mid-combat, all boasting distinct properties and special skills for variety. Moreover, there is a social sim aspect where the protagonist, Kou, can hang out with his friends and acquaintances to raise bond levels.

Falcom has also confirmed that this version will include all of the game’s DLC from previous platforms, as well as Turbo Mode. Further, the controls, based on the PlayStation 4 iteration, have been optimized for the Switch, but specifics have not been elucidated.

The game is available in the West for PlayStation 4, Vita, and PC, while Japan also has the title on Nintendo Switch.

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