Ys X: Nordics Details Adol, Carja, and Combat
Nihon Falcom released new details and images for Ys X: Nordics, the latest title in its long-running action RPG series. The update provides more information about protagonist Adol, main heroine Carja Varta, and the game’s combat system.
Ys X: Nordics stars a 17-year-old Adol, which would place between the events of Ys I & II and Ys: Memories of Celceta. After leaving Esteria, he sets out to the land of Celceta, but stops along the way in the northern sea’s Obelia Bay, where he encounters a seafaring people called the Normans, as well as seemingly undead creatures called Griegers known to attack humans. Carja Varta is a 17-year-old Norman and the only daughter of Grimmson, leader of the Varta Navy. The leader of a gang of miscreants, she is known as the “Pirate Princess” and wields a hatchet and shield in combat.
The game’s combat sees players fighting with Adol and Carja. It features two modes: Solo Mode and Combination Mode. Solo Mode plays similarly to previous titles, with players controlling one character while the AI controls the other. It is a speed-based mode using various skill attacks and combos as well as stepping away to avoid attacks, with players able to swap characters with a single button press. Certain enemy speed attacks, indicated with a blue aura, can be automatically avoided in this mode, and players are able to employ special actions like counterattacks.
Combination Mode, meanwhile, has players fight with both Adol and Carja at the same time. This is a more power-based system with the two unleashing simultaneous attacks, but at the cost of movement being significantly reduced. To make up for this, players can guard instead of dashing out of the way. Guarding again enemy attacks fills up the revenge gauge, which lets the duo deal more damage. Enemy power attacks, with a red aura, can be repelled with Combination Mode, causing them to lose balance and become open to attack for a time.
Ys X: Nordics is planned to release for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Nintendo Switch in Japan some time in 2023, with no announcement made regarding a western release. Those looking to read more about previous Ys titles can check out RPGamer’s Where to Start? guide on the series.