'Ys: Memories of Celceta Silver Anniversary Edition' set to celebrate 25 years of the "classic Ys series."
XSEED Games has already promised to gift North America with an upcoming release of 'Ys: Memories of Celceta' for the PS Vita and has now detailed a limited edition that is not only meant to commemorate the release of 'Ys: Memories of Celceta' but the entire 'Ys' series. The Silver Anniversary Edition will include the game, a cloth map detailing the lands of Celceta, a compass bearing the game's logo, the 'Adol's Travel Journal,' which is a small art book/strategy guide, and most significantly a three CD collection of original and arranged music spanning the entire history of the franchise.
As for 'Ys: Memories of Celceta,' which came out in Japan last year, the road from development to fans has not been straightforward. Back in 1993, series' developer Nihon Falcom licensed out what would have been the fourth game in the series out to different developers, resulting in two distinct 'Ys IV,' one for the Super Famicom and one for the PC Engine. With 'Ys: Memories of Celceta,' an entirely new and reimagined title has been created to serve as a true 'Ys' title.
From XSEED, "Ys: Memories of Celceta is an extensive reimagining of Ys IV, one of the few titles in the acclaimed series never to have made its way to the West. For Ys: Memories of Celceta, famed Ys series creators Nihon Falcom have re-worked the game from the ground up, changing the framing of the story itself to create a more intriguing tale filled with mystery and distrust. Soon after red-haired series hero Adol Christin awakens on the outskirts of the Great Forest of Celceta with no memory of how he got there, he finds himself beginning a new journey with an unknown companion as they delve into the forest on a quest to explore its vast expanses, searching for clues to Adol’s identity along the way.
"The Ys series has long been known for its fast-paced and acrobatic combat, and Ys: Memories of Celceta proudly continues this tradition on the PlayStation®Vita system, adding optional touchscreen functionality to create a handheld action RPG experience unlike any other. Through clever use of the PS Vita’s rear touch pad, players are able to issue commands to allied forces while simultaneously engaging enemies in combat; and for a better view of the action, the camera can be zoomed in or out at any time through use of the device’s front touchscreen, providing a tactical advantage in large-scale fights. More processing power means more enemies on screen, and with the largest, most non-linear overworld in Ys history, Ys: Memories of Celceta boasts a superlative atmospheric experience, representing a thoroughly modern evolution of the high tempo gameplay that has made this series a timeless action RPG mainstay."
'Ys: Memories of Celceta Silver Anniversary Edition' is due on November 5th at a price of $60, while 'Ys: Memories of Celceta' arrives the same day for $40.
Author: Brian Hoss