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Interview with Konami Director

Yoshinori Sasaski
05.13.2005

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Ys VI

RPGamer had the distinct pleasure of chatting with Konami's own Yoshinori Sasaki today, who not only directed Ys: The Ark of Napishtim, but also acted as a programmer for the game.

Most prominently, Mr. Sasaki stated the PSP version of Ys VI would differ greatly from the PS2 version. It will be much closer to the original PC version released in Japan, being directed more towards the "hardcore" player. Thus, it will entail a good deal more difficulty than its PS2 counterpart, which was intended to appeal to a broader audience.

Certain features in the PS2 version will not be present in the PSP version, namely the Trials of Alma, which were meant to help casual gamers get accustomed to the system. However, the PSP game will have its own set of bonus dungeons to please the long-time Ys fan. It will also have mini-games, which neither the PS2 version nor the original PC game had.

No firm progress report was given, but the PSP version seems like it is in the final stages of production, with the master submission just being sent in for approval. The North American version is currently being worked on but is obviously not as far along as the Japanese version.

As for the possibility of other games in the Ys series seeing light in North America, Mr. Sasaki stated that he will be attending a meeting to discuss the possibility of a PSP version of Oath in Falghana, the companion title to Ys III. Consequently, it is not unreasonable to expect North America to receive it in some form in the future. Previous Ys titles do not share the same chances, as Taito, not Konami, is handling them.

While the PS2 version of Ys: The Ark of Napishtim already occupies American shelves, the PSP version will not hit North American shores until later this year.



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