As previously reported, Falcom is bringing Ys VI The Ark of Napishtim to the mobile platforms, and it will launch sometime in spring 2021 in Japan. Curiously enough, the game has just been renamed to Ys VI Online: The Ark of Napishtim, and is now a free-to-play title. The implications behind this move is unknown as this juncture, considering that the original game was fully-single player.
Falcom first launched the game for PC in September 2003, followed by a PlayStation 2 and PSP release in 2005 and 2006, respectively. The PC version via Steam then came out in April 2015. An overview of the game, via its Steam page as follows:
Red-haired adventurer extraordinaire Adol Christin has finally reunited with his best pal, Dogi, and is eager to set sail for new adventures in Afroca. It seems fate has other plans for him, however, as a pirate captain named Ladoc makes him an offer he simply can’t refuse: a chance to explore a dangerous, uncharted archipelago in the Atlas Ocean that may hold treasures of heretofore unseen value.
Never ones to back away from a good mystery, Adol and Dogi both agree to join Ladoc on this expedition aboard his ship, the “Tres Mares” — but no sooner does it weigh anchor than the Romuns, their sights set on the same curious islands of Canaan, attack the wayward pirates and ultimately knock Adol overboard, leaving him for dead.
Some time later, he washes ashore in Canaan itself, alive but weakened, rescued and resuscitated by two young girls named Isha and Olha who sport long ears and bushy tails. They are of the native “Rehda” tribe, and it seems Adol is not the first human to arrive here — nor are humans particularly welcome…
Come experience the very first 3D Ys game as you’ve never experienced it before! Already the foundation upon which Ys: The Oath in Felghana and Ys Origin would later be built, this version of Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim comes equipped with an original translation and brand new, entirely unique gameplay features such as the addition of a super hardcore “Catastrophe Mode” for fans of the later titles, full widescreen support, map warping, Steam achievements and leaderboards, and even a full digital art book packed with concept sketches, hi-res character portraits and original production PSDs.
See what you’ve been missing with this definitive version of the game that brought Ys into the modern era!
For more information, check out the official Twitter account. Worth noting also is that pre-registrations are open, so be sure to sign up for the usual early bird rewards.