Nihon Falcom Sharing Various 40th Anniversary Artwork on Twitter; Trails, Ys, Dragon Slayer, Brandish & More

Developer Nihon Falcom has been sharing special celebratory 40th-anniversary artwork on its Twitter account for the past several weeks. Many characters and franchises are represented throughout these works, from more popular game series like Ys and Trails to more underrated, seemingly forgotten ones like Dragon Slayer and Brandish. It’s pretty cool to see various series from their catalog get new, qualitative art.

Funnily enough, Falcom has just shared the full 40th-anniversary illustration, which can be viewed below. Credit to @Hansuke21 on Twitter for bringing attention to this spectacular image. It can be purchased as part of a tote bag or flag on Falcom’s official digital storefront.

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You can view the individually revealed Nihon Falcom 40th-anniversary artworks below. I’m sure there are some pieces I’ve missed including in here. Regardless, I wanted to at least share some since they’re really rad.

In case you missed it, be sure to check out our review of Ys IX: Monstrum Nox’s PlayStation 4 version back when it was initially released in the west.

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is set in the city of Balduq, which has been annexed by the Romun Empire. Adol Christin and his companion Dogi have just arrived, but he was detained before even stepping inside, thanks to Adol’s luck. While imprisoned, he meets a woman named Aprilis, who turns him into a Monstrum, a being with supernatural gifts and the power to exorcise monsters.

Adol must now ally with other Monstrums to fend off the deadly threats emerging from Grimwald Nox’s dimension. If that wasn’t enough, he must also learn more about this Monstrum curse and unravel the mysteries hidden within Balduq.

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox will launch on Nintendo Switch and PC-via Steam on July 6 in North America and July 9 in Europe.


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Orpheus Joshua

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