News Ys IX: Monstrum Nox - releasing February 2, 2021 (PS4), Summer 2021(Steam/Switch)

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While imprisoned in Balduq, Adol is cursed and becomes a Monstrum. With his newfound powers, he must stop the Grimwald Nox from consuming the city.

DEVELOPER: Nihon Falcom, Engine Software BV, PH3 GmbH (aka Durante )
PUBLISHER: NIS America, Inc.


Feared Protectors: Play as any of the six notorious Monstrum, each with their own unique Gifts that grant abilities such as scaling sheer walls or detecting hidden objects to protect the city from shadowy creatures.


The World Within the Walls: Explore the massive city, accept quests to aid the townsfolk, and enter the Grimwald Nox to vanquish the threats to Balduq.


Strength of the Night: Familiar mechanics such as Flash Dodge and Flash Guard allow you to outmaneuver your foes, while new additions such as Gifts and Boost Mode further augment your ability to fight.


Story
"What is real is defined by what is not.
Who one is defined by who one isn't."
To move forward, one must accept these truths.
"Yes, in this prison—this cradle—
my dreams and reality became one."



Renowned adventurer Adol “the Red” Christin and his companion Dogi arrive at Balduq, a city annexed by the Romun Empire, only for Adol to be detained before setting foot inside. While imprisoned, he meets a mysterious woman named Aprilis who turns him into a Monstrum, a being with supernatural Gifts and the power to exorcise monsters. Now, Adol must ally with his fellow Monstrum to fend off the fearsome threats emerging from a shadowy dimension called the Grimwald Nox, as well as unravel the mysteries of the Monstrum curse, and the truth behind the unrest within Balduq.

 

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Impressions from Era:
Game felt like a good step down from 8. The scope is way smaller. There's like 10-15% the amount of outside Fields. Half a dozen or so Dungeons that are overall more elaborate as the Monstrum abilities adds some verticality and other things to them. It was definitely on a smaller budget. Most of the game is spent exploring the city and its huge prison.
So this game is smaller than YS VIII despite being a Vita game.
 

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Impressions from Era:

So this game is smaller than YS VIII despite being a Vita game.
Honestly, I don't mind them scaling things back a bit. Ys VIII was great but it was way too long, imho. It was fine as a one-off kind of epic adventure but I wouldn't want every single Ys game going forward being huge and 50+ hours long just for the hell of it.

If Ys IX is around the ~30h sweet spot of Seven/Celceta, I'll be happy.
 

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Ys 8 dragged on, in large part because of backtracking and the crappy defense missions.
But the variety helped a ton, Ys 9 has very little of it, and it's already pretty drab to begin with, though the verticality and openness is much appreciated.

The game is just rushed, with late characters being used a lot less, and less convincingly than the others. They probably ran out of budget to fluff the late game correctly.
Not that it was very high to begin with...
 
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Protecting the city from the creatures of the Grimwald Nox will require the strength and courage of truly extraordinary fighters. Learn how to utilize your strengths, skills, and Monstrum Gifts in the heat of battle with our new trailer for Ys IX: Monstrum Nox!


Who are the Monstrum? And how are they able to destroy the creatures of the Grimwald Nox? Meet the mysterious protectors of Balduq in our new trailer!

Coming to PS4 on February 2, 2021
Coming Summer 2021 to Nintendo Switch and PC