While Ys fans in the west have been treated to many of Adol’s adventures over the course of the franchise’s 30-year history, one game has been eluding series stalwarts for more than two decades. Ys V: Lost Kefin, Kingdom of Sand originally released in 1995 for the Super Famicom. However the game never found its way to English-speaking markets. Then, more than a decade later, Taito Corporation released a remastered version of the game for the PlayStation 2. Following the remake’s release, fans of the series held out hope the game would be localized for non Japanese-speaking players. Sadly, this too never found its way outside of Japan.
No doubt about it, the wait has been torturous, but fans of the series may shouldn’t lose hope just yet. According to Nihon Falcom’s president, there’s still a chance we could get the chance to play the game eventually – and in a much more robust package than previously seen.
During a recent interview with Nihon Falcom president Toshihiro Kondo in San Francisco, Hey Poor Player’s Nathan Terencio asked Kondo-san about the likelihood of seeing Ys V make its way to western audiences. Kondo-san’s answer offered some tantalizing details on what the game’s future could hold:
“So, Ys V was a game that came out for the Super Nintendo (Super Famicom as it’s called in Japan) and it was released by Falcom only in Japan. However, looking at the records we have in the company for the planning of the game, there’s a lot that was in the planning for it but not implemented in the final game. Within these plans were really cool stuff that we’d love to put in there. So should we have the opportunity to work on Ys V again, these are the things we’d like to consider and put into the game finally.”
Kondo-san made it clear that this would be more than just a mere port of the game that’s currently available. Nihon Falcom would ensure the game fit into the series’ carefully-polished framework.
“The first game the we worked on was actually Ys VI. When working on Ys VI we took a careful look back at the previous games in the series, the timeline and things like that. We made it a lot cleaner and set everything up. If we have an opportunity to go back and work on Ys V we also want to make sure it fits cleanly and nicely within the timeline we cleaned up and developed.”
While Kondo-san wasn’t ready to say that the studio is ready to commit to bringing a definitive version of Ys V to players in the west, it’s certainly something Nihon Falcom’s president would like to do eventually if given the opportunity.
“Obviously, I can’t promise anything here and now, I don’t know what the future holds. But Ys V is certainly a game that we want to take one more chance at and create again. Should we ever have an opportunity to do that, we hope that the fans here will finally to play the game and enjoy it.”
You can read our full interview with Nihon Falcom president Toshihiro Kondo here.
So, are you one of the countless fans hoping to see Ys V make its way west? Sound off in the comments and let us know!