XSEED Games, an independent-minded publisher, has announced today the arrival of Ys SEVEN, the first title in the legendary Ys series of Action RPG games to be created exclusively for the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system. Ys SEVEN has started shipping to retailers across North America and will also be available starting today for purchase as a digital download from the PlayStation®Store. Developed by one of Japan’s most highly-regarded and longest running development studios, Nihon Falcom, Ys SEVEN marks the first installment in the popular and long-running Ys series that XSEED will publish under a multi-title agreement with the prominent Japanese studio.
Eagerly awaited by fans and awarded the prestigious Gold rating from Famitsu magazine in Japan, Ys SEVEN has garnered a number of other accolades, including:
· “Best PSP Game of E3 Nominee” - 1UP.com
· “Best Overall RPG of E3” - RPGFan
· "A very fast-paced, well-balanced, and simply fun title." - RPGamer
Ys SEVEN marks the first new Ys game to be released in North America in over four years, and is designed to take full advantage of the PSP hardware. Ys SEVEN features an action-based real-time battle system where players can swap between any of the three-member battle party on the fly and engage enemies in a richly detailed 3D environment with virtually no load times. Ys SEVEN includes nine playable characters, each with their own fighting style, special abilities, and variety of unique weapons. Four difficulty levels allow players of all backgrounds to experience the exciting action in beautifully rendered widescreen 3D environments. The game’s more than 30 hours of addictive gameplay span the tale of “Five Great Dragons” who must be awakened by two wandering adventurers, Adol and Dogi, and their newfound allies in order to save a war-torn kingdom from destruction by long-forgotten ancient forces.
Ys SEVEN has a suggested retail price of US$29.99 on both UMD and as a digital download from the PlayStation Store, and is rated "T" for Teen. In addition to the standard edition, a Limited Collector’s Edition of Ys SEVEN that includes a soundtrack CD, 60-page art book, and a large cloth map highlighting the expansive world of the Ys series is available for the suggested retail price of $49.99 through Amazon.com, GameStop, and other fine retailers.