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Ys Origin

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One
Genre: RPG/Action
Developer: DotEmu
Release Date: April 11, 2018

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'Ys Origin' (ALL) Comes to Xbox One - Trailer

by Rainier on Feb. 21, 2018 @ 1:56 p.m. PST

Ys Origin is a prequel to the previous installments of the Ys series, taking place 700 years before the events of Ys I: Ancient Ys Vanished, and tells much of the backstory of Ys, Darm Tower, the Black Pearl, the twin goddesses, and the six priests.

The Ys saga is rich and engaging, and the story of Ys Origin is unique since it takes place 700 years before the events of the first episode published in 1987.

Following a devastating demonic invasion, the twin Goddesses use their magic to bring the inhabitants of legendary Ys safely into the sky. While the demons work to construct Devil’s Tower and reach the humans’ new abode, the Goddesses disappear. You must seek them in Devil’s Tower and reveal its secrets.

In Ys Origin, you don’t play as Adol — instead, you can choose between two characters with their own attributes and stories. There’s Yunica, a talented, mighty warrior who’s adept with the axe, and Hugo, a cunning sorcerer who uses powerful spells to defeat his enemies.

Authentically recreated for PS4 and PS Vita, Ys Origin has been enhanced with brand-new features while keeping true to the original spirit of the series. Moreover, the game will be available in Japanese, English, and for the first time ever officially in French, Italian, German, and Spanish.


Dotemu has undergone a refocus that includes the formation of a larger, dedicated arm of development and publishing focused entirely on reviving retro franchises. The first project to roll out in 2018 from Dotemu is the cult JRPG Ys Origin which will land on the Xbox One this spring, marking the first time that the series has ever been published on the Xbox platform.

You’ll finally be able to experience this epic action-RPG ten years after its original release, with additional cool enhancements and brand-new features. The biggest changes we made were to optimize the visuals and effects and improve the UI and menus so that players can enjoy the full HD widescreen experience. Moreover, you’ll be able to enjoy online leaderboards, trophies and new languages for the first time ever.

Epic Boss fights are a big part of the Ys saga, and Ys Origin perfectly reflects this. Discover each boss’s pattern and use attacks, spells, and skills until you’re victorious. It’s sometimes hard, but oh so satisfying!

With its captivating story, stirring soundtrack, and epic boss battles, it remains one of the best action-RPGs of all time!

Key Features

  • 3 playable characters, each with unique skillsets and powers
  • Several exciting environments
  • 3 game modes: Story, Time Attack, Arena Mode
  • Numerous artifacts and powerful relics to use
  • Breathtaking art direction
  • Available in Japanese, English, and for the first time in French, Italian, German, and Spanish

Ys Origin will land on the Xbox One this spring for $/€19.99, marking the first time that the series has ever been published on the Xbox platform.


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