Publisher NIS America has announced the addition of a new feature to the PC version of Ys IX: Monstrum Nox. Just like with Ys VIII, it’s now possible to play the game in co-op for two players with a new changelog from Peter “Durante” Thoman detailing other improvements in Patch 1.1.2. Despite being Local Co-op, players can enjoy it online through Remote Play Together. This feature isn’t available in the PS4 and Switch editions.
To start co-op mode, the player has to enable the feature in the settings. Local co-op is available in the whole game and two players will be able to enjoy any portion of the story that has more than one character in the party. Players can use small markers to indicate P1 and P2 or toggle it off altogether.
Instead of only helping in battles, the second player is also able to explore the areas using all the Monstrum Gifts unlocked. Many actions are also possible, such as triggering landmarks, getting items, and interacting with characters. However, opening the menus is restricted to player 1.
Both players can select between any characters in the current party at will. The system is still an experiment, having a few caveats such as demanding two controllers, not allowing player 2 to rebind buttons, there’s a shared camera control which can be tricky to keep both characters on screen, and softlocks are possible.
Besides co-op mode, the new patch for Ys IX has added support for the 16:10 aspect ratio that is stated to be included in the upcoming Steam Deck. Other fixes include trap functionality correction, spelling mistakes, animation speed of the Grimwald result screen when playing at higher FPS, and other improvements.
Check out the video for Ys IX: Monstrum Nox co-op mode below:
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