As part of NIS America’s planned week of Falcom-related news, the publisher has announced that the developer’s action JRPG, Ys IX: Monstrum Nox, will be receiving a native PlayStation 5 version in Spring 2023. It has been explicitly stated that unlike the upcoming native PlayStation 5 launch of Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana, Ys IX: Monstrum Nox will have no new features on PS5.
The company hopes this port will allow for a broader range of new players. All previously released cosmetic DLC will be included. However, there is no planned upgrade path from PS4 to PS5.
Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is currently available in the West for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
Of course, like most of the PlayStation 4 library, Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is already compatible with the PlayStation 5. However, the Western version of the game received a patch in May 2021 that added 4K resolution support on PlayStation 5. So, it’s at least safe to assume that this native launch will boast this implementation and a potentially increased frame rate.
Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is currently the latest chronological entry in the franchise, where the series protagonist, Adol Christin, is 24 years old. It follows the red-haired hero as he becomes a captive in the prison city of Balduq. Adol quickly becomes a supernatural entity known as a Monstrum, and he allies with those also “gifted” with the power. The group gradually unveils truths regarding the Romun Empire.
Ys IX is the fourth game in the series to utilize the party combat system, meaning that characters other than Adol are playable. In addition, every party member has a specific attack attribute (Strike, Slash, and Pierce) that is highly effective against varying enemies. Further, this entry embraces exploration more than any previous game.
“Have you ever had a dream where you weren’t you?
You were someone else?
It was in this prison where my dreams and my reality, once separate, became intertwined.”
– Adol Christin
UPDATE: NIS America has shared screenshots of this incoming PlayStation 5 release, viewable below:
A limited edition is available for pre-order via the NIS America store for $89.99, including the following contents:
- Ys IX: Monstrum Nox Deluxe Edition for PS5
- Chains and Chansons 1-Disc Official Soundtrack
- Nails in the Coffin Hardcover Art Book
- Ys IX Prequel: The Lost Sword Short Novel
- The Monstrums of Balduq Art Card Collection
- Monstrum Mugshot 200-piece Puzzle
- Collector’s Box
NIS America has stated this week to be full of Falcom news, so keep an eye on our coverage for further announcements.
You can view the Ys IX: Monstrum Nox PlayStation 5 announcement trailer below:
- Ys X was officially announced with new information and concept art.
- View our beginner’s guide to getting into the Ys series.
- Our interview with Ys fansite, Digital Emelas
- My Top 5 Ys Games
- Top 10 Ys Waifus
- Check out our review for Ys IX: Monstrum Nox.
- Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana is releasing for PlayStation 5 natively this year.
- Ys 35th Anniversary Retrospective
- Ys Fans 35th Anniversary Tribute Album
- Ys VIII Official Music Clips
- Masahiro Sakurai Talks Abouts Ys
- Ys VIII Voice Actor Q&A
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