XSEED Games has announced that the PC version of Nihon Falcom’s classic action-RPG Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim is coming to Steam, GOG.com and The Humble Store sometime this spring.

Ys VI was originally released for PC in Japan in 2003. Konami later ported it to the PlayStation 2 and released it internationally, however they made several changes to the game. Most infamously, the trademark anime FMV sequences were replaced with CGI. A PSP version stayed closer to the PC original, but was considered a weak port.

While XSEED’s release promises to stay faithful to the original version, they’ve made a few modifications of their own, including a fresh English translation, full widescreen support, and the ability to warp between save points. Also new is the “Catastrophe Mode,” which makes healing items work the same as in the later entries Ys: The Oath in Felghana and Ys Origin (both of which were based on the Ys VI engine).

Announcement trailer:

Press release:

Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim
Formerly only available in North America on the PlayStation®2 and PlayStation®Portable systems, Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim delivers a storyline rich with memorable characters and themes on top of engaging hack-and-slash action RPG gameplay that would go on to influence later Ys titles, setting the foundation that series favorites Ys: The Oath in Felghana and Ys Origin were later built upon. Complete with the original high-resolution graphics and full USB controller support, the PC version of Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim introduces brand-new features exclusive to this PC version that aim to create a modernized gameplay experience more in line with later Ys entries. Among these features are full widescreen support, the ability to warp among checkpoints, and an optional “Catastrophe Mode” in which healing items can’t be purchased or stored and are instead used automatically on pickup.

Developed by Nihon Falcom, Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim is scheduled to launch worldwide this spring on PC via Steam, the Humble Store powered by Humble Bundle, and GOG.com. This game has not been rated by the ESRB.

Source: XSEED Games