In Japanese outlet 4Gamer’s article compiling end-of-the-year comments from numerous developers, the President of Nihon Falcom, Toshihiro Kondo, shared significant statements correlating to recent company news.
Our team’s Ryuji translated the following exchange:
4Gamer: Question 4. What are your ambitions for 2023, and what is your message to 4Gamer readers?
Kondo: We have plans to release both Ys: Oath of Felghana Memoirs and Ys X: Nordics in 2023, as well as several “remakes.” We are planning to release more titles than ever, so I ask that you look forward to them. The game industry has been especially volatile in recent years, so we want to keep moving forward with a constant interest in new things without losing our originality/essence.
For those who missed it, the latest business plans for Falcom recently surfaced, showing that more yearly game releases are in the works. More specifically, two Trails games, an unpublished action RPG, a completely unknown title, and three ported games are in development. There were no confirmed release windows for any of these titles before this statement.
The ports are almost certainly the “refined” versions akin to Ys: The Oath in Felghana Memoire. Additionally, in this interview, Kondo explicitly says “remake,” but, likely, he’s simply referring to the other “refined” games. If these indeed all launch next year, then new information will have to surface soon.
It’s anyone’s guess what these other 2023 releases could be. Ys appears to be a primary focus though, so we’ll probably see at least one more “refined” port from that franchise next year.
If you missed it, check out our announcement coverage of Ys X Nordics and the recent onslaught of new info via Famitsu. This entry will occur between Ys II and Memories of Celceta, making it the new third canonical entry in Adol Christin’s adventure logs. The gameplay has undergone a significant shakeup, with there only being two playable characters this time around.
Ys X Nordics will launch in Japan for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5 in 2023.
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