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The Crossover Action RPG Nobody Asked For: Ys vs Legend of Heroes

Falcom combines its two banner franchises.

 

Remember that Dengeki PlayStation surprise Falcom mentioned in a recent blog update? It would have been pretty sweet even if it were just the PSP port of Ys: The Oath of Felghana. But it turned out to be a lot more than that.

Falcom is working on possibly the most unlikely crossover action RPG ever (or, maybe that should be "the only crossover action RPG ever"). Titled Ys vs Sora no Kiseki (that's not a tentative name!), the game combines the Ys series with the Sora no Kiseki (Legend of Heroes) series.

Ys vs Sora no Kiseki is played in the 3/4 perspective of the recent Ys games. But instead of adventuring through the land of Ys, you're battling it out with characters from the Ys and Sora no Kiseki series. Combatants confirmed for inclusion include Adol, Dogi and Olha (Ys VI) from the Ys side and Estel, Tita and Joshua from the Sora no Kiseki side.

In an interview with Dengeki, Falcom CEO Toshihiro Kondo explained how the project came to be. During the development of Ys Seven, explained Kondo, Falcom wanted to make something that used the PSP's ad-hoc wireless capabilities. Even though they weren't able to fit a multiplayer component into Ys Seven, they were still left wanting to make something with cooperative or competitive play.

But that's only one of the reasons why we're getting Ys vs Sora no Kiseki. The other reason, Kondo said, is because Sora no Kiseki, while an RPG, has a fighting game feel for its action patterns. Falcom felt that the game would work fine if made into an action title.

Development on the title appears to be early, but Kondo was able to give a general description. The gameplay screen will resemble Ys Seven, he said. The designers are looking into including breakable objects and warp points on the maps, and also have the maps change with the progression of time. Picture an evolved version of Ys Seven's maps.

Getting into the combat system, Kondo said to expect a simple control scheme and a feeling of speed. The developers are currently running through tests, so he wouldn't say if the control scheme will resemble Ys VII or Oath in Felghana more closely. There will be some sort of character growth system, including skills, equipment, armor, and even support characters.

In addition to multiplayer play, the game will have a single player scenario mode where you select one character and progress through a series of fights, complete with before and after dialogue sequences. Kondo wouldn't share any details on the scenario, but promised to not let fans down.

Dengeki managed to get a couple of sample screens of Ys vs Sora no Kiseki. The screens showed four characters fighting, but looked pretty rough overall, even lacking icons.

It does look like this unlikely crossover is a ways off from release. The magazine lists a planned 2010 time frame.

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