NIS America has announced that Ys IX: Monstrum Nox, aka the continuing adventures of perpetual amnesiac Adol Christin, will be hitting western PS4’s in February 2021. Coming to North America on February 2, Europe on February 5, and Australia on February 12, the more astute readers among you may have noticed something is amiss. Where are the PC and Switch versions?
Sadly, NIS America has had to delay those ports for unforeseen reasons. At the moment, no precise date has been confirmed, but NIS America has stated they will both release within 2021. It might take until summer, but Ys fans that don’t own PS4’s won’t be left out in the cold.
At least in the meantime, we have a new trailer to comb through. To my knowledge, this is the first look at the localization we’ve seen for Monstrum Nox. There isn’t much in the way of text, but an English narrator sets the expectation for the English VO that will be included. It seems fine enough, but I’m hoping for a Japanese option.
The previous entry in the series, Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana, was well-received on PS4 when it released in 2017, but had an incredibly rushed and sloppy localization. It didn’t help that after months of waiting, the PC version launched in a disastrous state and needed a ton of fixing.
The Switch port went over much better, but there seems to have been some kind of snag in development for IX. It’s a good sign that NIS America isn’t rushing this one out since it would be a shame to repeat the mistakes of VIII all over again. PC gamers still don’t have a decent version of that sequel, even two years after its initial port.
Lest you think NIS America is falling into the same hole again, we can be reasonably sure that the PC port of Monstrum Nox will be solid. The publisher has already confirmed that famed Dark Souls modder Durante is providing assistance with getting the PC version up and running. Never say never, but that’s an excellent sign that things will launch in a very stable manner.
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