Nihon Falcom President Toshihiro Kondo sat down with Gematsu to discuss the future plans for some of their most beloved franchises. The interview had some really incredible nuggets. Falcom fans in the west have been especially patient waiting for news on localization plans for Ys IX Monstrom Nox. Here are some of the juicy bits from the interview:
G: Falcom games are notorious for their delayed releases in the west. Zero no Kiseki and Ao no Kiseki, for example, never made it out in English. With the PlayStation 4 versions on the way, are there any plans to release those titles in the west? How about Ys IX: Monstrum Nox?Gematsu
Kondo: “I very much regret that we were unable to release Zero and Ao [in the west]. I think that releasing on PlayStation 4 will lead to an opportunity to release these games in North America and Europe. As for Ys IX, preparations are currently underway for release [in the west].”
One of the most surprising tidbits came in regards to re-releases of the Trails in the Sky series:
G: With the release of Zero no Kiseki and Ao no Kiseki for PlayStation 4, the Trails in the Sky series will be the only games in the mainline Trails series not playable on PlayStation 4. Given that they were re-released for PlayStation 3, do you plan on making these titles available for PlayStation 4 as well? Is there any hope of playing the PSP-only Nayuta no Kiseki on a modern console?Gematsu
Kondo: “Both users who own modern consoles and platform holders often request Trails in the Sky, so I have some homework to do. Personally, I’d like to recreate everything in 3D. Nayuta‘s gameplay is also extremely well received, so I think it would be a waste to bury it as a PSP-only title.”
I’m surprised Nayuta No Kiseki was brought up being is one of the more obscure games in the Falcom catalog. However, it would be great to get an official western release for that too. Hopefully we get an official announcement for the western release of Ys IX Monstrom Nox very soon. You can read the rest of the interview here.