Post by Nester the Lark on Nov 2, 2017 20:12:46 GMT -5
In an unsurprising move, NIS America has announced that the re-translation of Ys VIII will not be finished in November as originally planned, and is pushed back to early 2018. The PC version is also being held back to coincide with the new translation.
They've also published a blog post explaining the situation and detailing the extensive re-localization.
In other, happier news, Zwei: The Ilvard Insurrection is out now. Here's the launch trailer:
Post by Nester the Lark on Nov 30, 2017 19:14:52 GMT -5
Hot on the heels of Zwei: the Ilvard Insurrection, Xseed has just announced that they're currently working on the original Zwei, now called Zwei: The Argest Adventure, for release on PC in Winter 2018.
The game originally came with a bunch of little Windows apps that are now integrated directly into the game itself, and the arranged soundtrack from the PSP version is being included as an option.
I still haven't gotten Zwei II yet, but I will when I have the opportunity.
Post by Nester the Lark on Dec 3, 2017 14:35:21 GMT -5
Here are more comments from Toshihiro Kondo about Falcom games on the Switch. He still sounds very skeptical.
Traditionally, Nihon Falcom’s always been a PC developer that doesn’t really create games for the casual market, but for the really hardcore gamers. Where is that market today? The answer to that is PS4.
The Switch is very successful right now, but there’s still no positive guarantee that the fan base that would play Falcom games are on the Switch yet. It’s always been very important to look and see where our users are, so while we thought it was more than likely that many of our fans actually owned a 3DS, one of the trends of PC users is that they prefer gadgets and machines with a higher spec, which is obviously something that Sony was offering. So after a really careful consideration of both sides, we decided it was more likely that the people who wanted to play the types of games we made would want to play them on a PlayStation platform.
Post by nocturnal YL on Dec 4, 2017 1:05:04 GMT -5
The PlayStation has two rather different kinds of players: players of games with realistic graphics made by either Sony affiliates or western studios, and Japanese games, usually RPGs. Some of the realistic games market is shared with Microsoft, while the Japanese games side is shared with the Vita and, to a lesser extent, the Switch.
Right now, the Switch is just emerging, and besides KOEI TECMO, no one seems to be completely invested in it. Even KOEI TECMO doesn't really treat it as a first-class citizen, with Dynasty Warriors 9 (Shin Sangoku Musou 8) staying on PS4, although I guess it's unfair to draw direct parallels, and the fact they stayed with Nintendo durng the Wii U times more than made up for it.
Other publishers seem to be just looking from afar. SEGA publishes to it if the game is already on other platforms, with their preference seemingly being PS4>Switch>PSVita>3DS>LOLXboxDoesn'tExist. And BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment sees it as a port destination (we've seen GameCube and Wii U ports thus far). Honestly, I don't see the Switch being that popular among traditional 3rd party publishers (compared to the PS4), which may be a reason why Falcom remains skeptical.
Post by Nester the Lark on Dec 4, 2017 18:43:21 GMT -5
All I'm saying is that I think the portion of the Nintendo audience that likes Zelda, Fire Emblem, or Xenoblade (which is a huge portion considering that Zelda and Fire Emblem are two of Nintendo's biggest franchises) would also be into Ys, Trails, and most other Falcom games.
Post by nocturnal YL on Dec 5, 2017 1:10:54 GMT -5
It goes both ways. The way I see it, PlayStation is the default go-to system for RPGs, except a long list of Nintendo RPGs (besides FE and Xenoblade, we have the older stuff like Magical Starsign and Golden Sun), Tales (on GameCube) and Dragon Quest. Nintendo is the odd one there when everything from FF to Valkyrie Profile to Valkyria Chronicle to the Sting games and Falcom games are all on PlayStation. (Handheld RPGs are in a different situation.)
I think for the most part, RPGs are associated with the PlayStation more. That's what I observe, anyway.
Post by Nester the Lark on Dec 5, 2017 13:23:30 GMT -5
You're right. It's also my understanding that Falcom gets development assistance from Sony, and that's why they went with PlayStation platforms when they abandoned PC development. And they've definitely built up a fanbase on those systems, particularly the Vita. (Both Falcom and Xseed have received backlashes when certain games didn't get released for the Vita or PSP.)
Although, until this year, all of Falcom's Playstation games were originally developed for PSP and Vita, and the PS3 and PS4 versions were enhanced ports. Sen no Kiseki III/Trails of Cold Steel III is the first game they've developed specifically for PS4.
Post by Nester the Lark on Jan 20, 2018 18:03:42 GMT -5
So, when Ys VIII was announced for Switch, NISA also announced that the PC version was due out on January 30, as is the new English localization.
And now, they've already announced that the PC version is, again, delayed, with no new release date determined. (The localization patch, however, is still due on the 30th for the PS4 and Vita.)
Not that this matters to me with the Switch port on the way. Although I was a little concerned that if porting it to PC is going this poorly, would it have just as much trouble being ported to another console. However, it turns out that the Switch port is not being handled by NIS America, but by Nippon Ichi Software in Japan.
Post by Nester the Lark on Feb 9, 2018 23:27:22 GMT -5
Latest trailer for the Switch version of Ys VIII:
It was also confirmed that it will not only contain all of the content from the PS4 version of the game, but also the DLC costumes that were previously exclusive to the Vita version, so... definitive edition?
If that's accurate, then that's sooner than I expected. (Of course, there's still plenty of time for a delay.) Hopefully the English version won't be far behind considering it's already fully localized.
Post by Nester the Lark on Mar 16, 2018 18:06:53 GMT -5
Xseed has officially confirmed a PC port of Ys: Memories of Celceta for release sometime this summer. It's being handled by Hyde, the same studio that ported Ys Seven.
Between this and Ys VIII on Switch, I'll be able to have all the canonical Ys games that are officially available in English. The only one that's never had an official localization is Ys V: Lost Kefin, Kingdom of Sand, but it's expected that Falcom will likely remake it since the original version(s) is considered the weakest game in the series.
nocturnal YL: My current plan is to play Atelier Firis DX now, which online guides suggest is long. Atelier Lydie & Suelle DX will likewise be long (longer than the original too, due to DLC, DX additions and I'll make the best items). I'll maybe play Ys Origin after.
Jun 14, 2021 10:28:43 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Not sure about what I'll play after. Another Atelier game will probably be out by then, either completing the Secret series or giving us Arland 5. Either way, I'll probably play those before going elsewhere. Dusk will have to wait for quite a bit…
Jun 14, 2021 10:31:02 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: Wondering if I should get Mario Golf at launch or wait a couple of months. I have so many other things to play that my gaming (and wallet) might need a little breathing room.
Jun 17, 2021 9:23:48 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: The problem with playing Hyrule Warriors and a modern Ys game at the same time is that even though the combat feels somewhat similar, the controls are completely different, and I get confused.
Jun 23, 2021 8:57:58 GMT -5
Shrikeswind: Yeah I'm here, but kinda vaguely. Sorry, I haven't had too much to say lately.
Jul 8, 2021 11:28:57 GMT -5
Shrikeswind: By the way, I don't know if you guys have been keeping up with OCR on YouTube, but apparently they're dropping an album for a game I grew up on, Jet Force Gemini. Really pumped; I'll post a review when they finish.
Jul 8, 2021 11:30:44 GMT -5
Shrikeswind: Or at least when my Top 3 from that game are on the Toobz. Just one more song to go.
Jul 8, 2021 11:31:13 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: I feel like I've been neglecting the forum more than usual lately. Been distracted by other things. I'll try to post something when I get the chance.
Jul 16, 2021 10:38:22 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I don't have time to make posts. Atelier Firis DX takes forever to play. When I'm not playing, I'm in a read-only mode, reading guides and watching (unrelated) videos.
Jul 17, 2021 13:25:38 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: On that note, I'll probably make a review on the whole trilogy, so it will be a while until I talk about these games in details here. I can say Atelier Firis DX has far exceeded my expectation and has taken over Totori as my 3rd fav.
Jul 17, 2021 13:31:06 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Uh, I take that back. Atelier Firis has a lot of merits, but also a lot of drawbacks. It's extremely tedious for 100% completion, and there are all kinds of other flaws. Still good for the exploration aspect and certain plots like Liane's character events.
Aug 9, 2021 13:38:12 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I don't know where I'd place it. A bit above Atelier Totori? A bit below it? I still think it's pretty good, at any rate. If only they could keep this game's engine but dial back its scale and make a traditional Atelier. Totally not foreshadowing anything.
Aug 9, 2021 13:45:07 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: I've finished Ys IX, so I'll be working on a detailed write-up and comparison with Ys VIII.
Aug 17, 2021 8:09:12 GMT -5
Spud: I try to keep up with here, but the proboard RSS feed suuuucks. And Thunderbird is barely passable as a feed aggregator. I feel like the internet was just better in 2007.
Sept 3, 2021 10:43:42 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: I may have a little time to catch my breath...
Sept 6, 2021 19:09:08 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Game progress update: Atelier Lydie & Suelle DX — defeated Falgior, so it's about 1/3 done (about 1/4 if I count post-game item grinding); WarioWare: Get It Together! — played up to the staff credits (about 5%, I guess).
Sept 15, 2021 12:30:19 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: This pic is how I'd rate my games on Nintendo Switch so far (subject to change). Numbers are meant to show relative positions; like temperatures in °C and °F, absolute values don't mean much.
Sept 15, 2021 12:36:36 GMT -5