Ys: Memories of Celceta is coming to PlayStation 4 on May 16 in Japan as Ys: Memories of Celceta: Kai, Falcom announced. It will cost 3,980 yen at retail and 3,500 yen via download. First-print copies of the physical edition will include a reprint of “The Collected Ys Music of Ancient and Modern Times.”
The PlayStation 4 version of the action RPG—which was first released for PS Vita in September 2012, followed by PC in July 2018—supports full high-definition resolution visuals at 60 frames per second, as well as higher quality in-game background music. Additionally, some elements such as mini-games and puzzles that required the touch screen in the PS Vita version have been optimized for PlayStation 4, and the activation of “Extra Skills” has been changed to the same simultaneous two-button press from Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana.
World-famous red-haired adventurer Adol Christin awakens in the unfamiliar land of Celceta, remembering nothing more than his own name. Bereft of his past, Adol explores the town he happened to wander into, searching for any clues at all to his identity. Joined by a thief who claims to have spent some time at his side these past weeks, the young adventurer helps rescue doomed miners from a collapse – an act which ingratiates him to the local Romun Army general. Impressed with their skills, the pair is enlisted to explore the Great Forest of Celceta and map its vast expanses – a task which many have attempted in the past, but from which none have ever returned alive.
Eager to unravel the mystery of his past and the cause of his predicament, Adol sets off with his new-old thief friend, Duren, to chart the untamed wilderness that claimed his memories. Along the way he meets numerous other individuals who seem to have encountered him before, and must carefully determine who among them can be trusted.
Developer Nihon Falcom originally revisited the land and characters of Japanese cult favorite Ys IV in 2012 with Ys: Memories of Celceta on the PlayStation Vita, and the game found its way to North America the following year. Now, this re-envisioning moves from the small screen to PC monitors, with a bevy of updates and enhancements to fully take advantage of its new platform.
Featuring a unique take on the party-based combat system that’s come to define modern Ys titles, as well as one of the largest and most varied overworlds in the series’ long and illustrious history, Ys: Memories of Celceta brings a greater sense of adventure to the Ys universe than ever before, with this PC iteration serving as the definitive version of one of the franchise’s most pivotal entries.
- Fully Enjoy the Land of Celceta with a Host of PC Enhancements – This remaster comes with a wide range of HD resolutions, fixed frame rates up to 120 fps with the option to unlock the frame rate altogether, fully customizable control bindings, fully integrated mouse support, and more!
- Explore One of the Most Expansive Locales in the Series’ History – The overworld of Celceta metes out battle and exploration in equal measure, accompanied by a robust mapping system with customizable waypoints and clear, detailed icons that aid the journey of Adol and company through this mysterious new land where enigmas and obstacles wait around every bend.
- Experience a Crucial Cornerstone of Ys Lore – The events that occur over the course of Ys: Memories of Celceta’s lengthy campaign serve as some of the most important and far-reaching in the franchise, yet remain entirely self-contained so even series newcomers can fully enjoy the story.
- Throw Down the Gauntlet in Time Attack and Boss Rush Modes – Fan-favorite Time Attack mode returns, complete with its ultimate Boss Rush challenge, pitting Adol alone against implacable foes or allowing for full-on party combat to keep the battle going well after the main story has been completed. Steam leaderboards have been implemented as well, accessible and viewable even in-game to see how you stack up against other Celcetan boss-slayers around the world!
Watch an animated trailer below. View a set of screenshots at the gallery.