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Ys: The Ark of Napishtim
Ys VI The Ark of Napishtim (PS2 Cover)
North American PS2 boxart

Developer

Falcom
Konami (PS2, PSP)
Hudson Soft (PS2, PSP)
XSEED (PC/Steam)

Platforms

Microsoft Windows
Steam
PlayStation 2
PlayStation Portable

Released

PC
Flag of Japan September 27, 2003
PC (Vista Version)
Flag of Japan March 29, 2007
PC (Steam Version)
Flag of the United States.svg April 28th, 2015
PS2
Flag of the United States.svg/Flag of Canada February 22, 2005
Flag of Japan March 10, 2005
European flag September 16, 2005
PSP
Flag of Japan January 19, 2006
Flag of the United States.svg/Flag of Canada February 28, 2006
European flag September 29, 2006
AUS October 6, 2006

Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim (イースVI -ナピシュテムの匣- Īsu 6: Napishutemu no Hako?) is a Japanese action RPG developed and published by Falcom, and the sixth installment in the Ys series. It was first released in 2003 for Microsoft Windows-based personal computers. Not counting the Eternal/Complete remakes of Ys I & II, it was the first new Ys game released by Falcom in eight years.

Ys was ported to the PlayStation 2 in 2005 and to the PlayStation Portable in 2006 by Konami for worldwide release. It was notable for being the first English release of the series since Ys III: Wanderers from Ys. In 2015, an English translation of the Windows version was announced for release on April 28th via Steam, the Humble Store and GOG.com (source)

PlotEdit

The story begins after Adol's ship is attacked by a fleet of Romun ships. Forced to sail into an unknown area, they encounter a large storm. Adol is swept off the vessel while trying to rescue a fellow sailor and washed ashore by the vortex that surrounds the Canaan Islands. He is found, unconscious, by the nieces of the chieftain of the nearby Rehda village, Olha and Isha, who are the daughters of his brother who died when battling with fellow Redha against the Wandering Calamity. The girls take him to their village and lay him to rest in their Uncle Ord's house. Adol hears them talking about him and wakes up briefly, afterwards going back to sleep because of his exhaustion. His adventure then begins.

ReleasesEdit

PC (Japanese)Edit

The initial release of the game was the "Limited Edition". After this sold out, Falcom released a standard edition of the game with some new features. Two new difficulties and a Time Attack mini-game where you fight through all the game's bosses were added. However, there was never a patch or upgrade released to initial buyers, so players wanting these new features had to buy the game again. Years later, Falcom released the "PC Vista version", which is the same as the Standard Edition with support for Windows Vista.

PlayStation 2Edit

Konami made several additions and changes when porting the game to the PlayStation 2. The most notable were the inclusion of both English and Japanese voice acting to all characters (including NPCs) and several new optional areas referred to as "Alma's Trials." While the Japanese voice acting could be selected in the NTSC-U version, the PAL version had all Japanese voice acting removed. Konami also added new FMV sequences, though the original animated sequences could still be selected through a code. Blood and gore effects were removed due to console games requiring a rating. Lastly, they changed the character and monster graphics from pre-rendered 3D sprites to fully polygonal 3D models. While this allowed for much better animation, it also changed Adol's appearance based on his equipment.

PlayStation PortableEdit

The PlayStation Portable port does not include any of the changes of the PS2 port except for the removal of blood and gore effects. However, the European and North American versions came with a new set of bonuses including some extra fetch-quests that unlock a few mini-games and an image/media gallery. These were later included in a "Special Edition" re-release in Japan. However, the game is noted for having particularly long and frequent load times. Voice-acting was never included in this version.

PC (Steam)Edit

In 2015, XSEED games ported the original Japanese PC version of the game to Steam in English. Therefore, Konami's additions, such as voice acting, 3D models and Alma's Trials, are not included. However, the resolution was improved for HD support. They also changed the functionality of the Wing of Alma to let you warp to previously visited areas at any point in time, with a few exceptions.

ReferencesEdit

Ys Series

Main Series

OriginI & II: Ancient Ys Vanished - The Final ChapterIII: The Oath in FelghanaIV: Memories of Celceta
V: Kefin, The Lost City of SandVI: The Ark of NapishtimSevenVIII: Lacrimosa of Dana

Replaced Games

Wanderers from YsMask of the SunThe Dawn of Ys

Non-Canon

Legacy (Anime) – StrategyOnlineVs. Sora no Kiseki: Alternative Saga

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