Potential Ys V Remake Would Need to Revise Storyline, Says Falcom President

The Japanese outlet Gamer recently interviewed the president of developer Nihon Falcom, Toshihiro Kondo, regarding the future of the Ys series. One of the questions asked throughout this brief interview is about the franchise’s red-headed stepchild (not Ys Strategy), Ys V: Lost Kefin, Kingdom of Sand. For those unaware, this is the only entry not to have received any modern port or remake.

However, Kondo has stated that after some in-house discussions, the staff decided that they would have to rework the title, even adjusting the narrative, likely to keep it more in-line and referential to the ongoing canon.

The question and response below have been translated via our team’s Ryuji:

Interviewer: There are a couple of Ys games that aren’t currently available on modern consoles…

Kondo: Currently, Ys V: Lost Kefin, Kingdom of Sand can only be played on the Super Famicom. Even within [Falcom], we did have talks about developing it in-house. [If we do bring V over, though]…we probably have no choice but to rework it and perhaps revise the scenario a bit.

Ys V: Lost Kefin, Kingdom of Sand is the remake every fan has been asking for, and seeing it happen would be quite thrilling since it’s the sole missing entry in an otherwise fully playable franchise. Unfortunately, I don’t see it happening anytime soon, but having it be the next Ys project after Ys X would assuredly delight fans to no end.

Ys: The Oath in Felghana Memoire will launch for Nintendo Switch on April 27, 2023, in Japan.

Ys: The Oath in Felghana Memoire on Nintendo Switch in Asia with Traditional Chinese and Korean language support on May 25, 2023.

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox will launch for PlayStation 5 on May 9, 2023, in North America and on May 12, 2023, in Europe. The title is currently available on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC. This incoming version will include all DLC with enhanced performance.

Ys X Nordics will launch in Japan for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5 in 2023.

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