Ys Origin

Ys Origin Coming to Switch

DotEmu have announced that they are bringing the cult classic demon-slaying JRPG Ys Origin to Nintendo Switch later this year…

Ys Origin

Ys Origin is coming to Nintendo Switch courtesy of DotEmu (who recently developed Streets of Rage IV for Switch), with physical versions announced for around the world. 3goo (who are responsible for the packaged version of Bare Knuckle IV) will be handling the Japanese release, Limited Run Games the North American release, Game Source Entertainment the Asian release, with an unspecified partner for the European release. Check out the game description and announcement trailer below…

Ys Origin

700 years before the events of Ys I & II, the land of Ys was on the brink of destruction. Demons came in droves and forced the twin Goddesses who ruled the land to whisk their subjects away from the surface, into the safe embrace of the clouds. The demons were persistent, however, erecting a massive tower in pursuit. The battle that raged upon the ground had begun ascending for a second round up above.

Ys Origin

One day, amidst this turmoil, the Goddesses stole away into the night, vanishing from Ys altogether. And there’s only one place they could have gone: the Devil’s Tower.

A search party of knights and sorcerers was hastily formed and dispatched to the surface in hopes of retrieving these runaway deities. Among its members were apprentice knight Yunica Tovah and troubled sorcerer Hugo Fact.

Ys Origin

This is their story. Or at least, it’s how each of them remembers it.

Expanding upon the gameplay elements introduced in Ys: The Ark of Napishtim and further developed in Ys: The Oath in Felghana, Ys Origin perfects the formula by adding different styles of play and new features never before seen in the Ys universe. Best described as an arcade-like platformer RPG with Metroidvania elements and a complex, multi-faceted narrative.

Ys Origin

Ys Origin is the perfect mix of action, exploration and story. Screen-filling bosses with complex AI, unique platforming elements, innovative puzzles and a deeply involving mystery await within the wildly varied confines of this classic Ys dungeon.

Come see how long you can last in the Devil’s Tower…



Please note that the screenshots are from the Steam release and are not necessarily indicative of the Switch version. Edit: the physical Ys Origin Special Edition releases in Japan on October 1 priced at ¥6,380. Check out the box art here. The Schedule page has also been updated.