A month ago, Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim from Nihon Falcom was announced for an iOS and Android release in Japan through Manhattan Project. If you’re not familiar with Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim, it is a part of the long-running action RPG Ys series has had tons of releases across different platforms ever since the original debuted back in 1987. On iOS and Android, Ys I and Ys II Chronicles from Dotemu are available with Ys VIII set to release in the future. Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim originally released in the West on PS2 and it was eventually released on PSP and then PC. The initial mobile announcement only mentioned that Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim would hit iOS and Android in 2021 in Japan. Today, pre-registrations have gone live and the game has been confirmed to be a free to play “online RPG" titled Ys VI Online: The Ark of Napishtim. There are no actual screenshots or gameplay videos of this release yet. Check out the game’s official art from the official Twitter account below:
Ys VI Online: The Ark of Napishtim launches this spring in Japan on both iOS and Android through Restar Games. You can pre-register for the Japanese release on the official website here. The reward tiers include various things like silver coins, chaos stones, star dust, and more. As of now, Ys VI Online: The Ark of Napishtim is still only confirmed for Japan. Considering it is not a direct port and an online RPG, I don’t expect it to make its way to the West but more surprising things have happened in the past. I’ll definitely give it a shot when it hits iOS in Japan just to see it has been adapted to mobile. If you’d like to play the original Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim on a modern system, you can get it on Steam or GOG. If you’d like to check out some Ys on Nintendo Switch, get Ys Origin or Ys VIII. These are standalone releases so you can jump in anywhere more or less. Hopefully we get more information on Ys VIII for iOS and Android soon as well. What is your favourite Ys game?