Ys SEVEN Now Available For The PSP

XSEED now has the exclusive rights to release Ys all across North America and they’re starting with Ys SEVEN.  Over the next few years the entire series will be making its way to the PSP, in either UMD or digital download format.  I’ve got the full press release from XSEED below.  I’ve also forwarded a request for a review copy so I’ll let you know what they say.  We really shouldn’t have a problem as we’ve been good friends with XSEED for four years now.

Ys SEVEN from XSEED Games Now Available for PSP

First Title in Famed Ys Action RPG Series Created Exclusively for PSP Arrives in North American Stores and the PlayStation Store

TORRANCE, CA (August 17, 2010) – 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.

For more information, visit the official game website at www.worldofys.com.

4 thoughts on “Ys SEVEN Now Available For The PSP”

  1. Pre-ordered the limited edition despite not being a huge fan of the series. From what I’ve played in Ys 6 though, I found the game to be wicked awesome. Certainly excited for the Ys 3 remake that’s coming soon on the PSP as well.

    I’m honestly surprised that they’re releasing this digitally on first day. The digital versions may be getting a lot more downloads than we expect, but sadly we can’t figure out exact numbers. I mean, the UMD version of Peace Walker barely hit the top 20 during its launch month, but I’m wondering if the digital sales helped compensate for that?

    1. The PSP is in a very rough place right now. Sony needs to fix this ASAP and they might have with TGS. We’ll just have to wait and see. At E3 they made it very clear to us that they know there’s a problem that no amount of marketing or software can fix. They need something brand new to invigorate sales and get the people talking. We’ll just have to wait and see what they come up with.

      I’ve asked for a review code for the game so I’ll let you know if I score one. I used to love this series, but haven’t had much time to spend with it lately. Hopefully that changes moving forward though, I just pray this Ys has better loading than the last Konami published one. YUCK!

      1. LOL. I still remember that review of the PSP version that you’ve written long ago. That must’ve been a dreadful experience.

        I just remembered that Steven is a huge fan of Ys 6! Maybe he can check this new one out, too.

        BTW, Jarrod, for future reference it would be great if you can hook us up for PSP game download codes from our reps. I got the physical copy of Ys 7 heading my way in a week so I’ll let that slide. Maybe you can ask for more than one code so we can expose it to the site more? There are games like Kingdom Hearts and the Ys 3 remake that I’m interested to play. :)

        1. They won’t give us more than one code, but if you’re interested in anything new, just let me know in advance. Obviously you’ve got to get the review out before too long ;). As for Ys, Steven wrote the review for the PS2 version.

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