Publisher NIS America today announced that four RPGs, all developed by Nihon Falcom, will be rolling out on Google Stadia throughout the spring season. The four games are split between the Ys and Legend of Heroes series. Check out the list and release dates below:
- The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III (April 1)
- Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA (April 1)
- The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV (April 9)
- Ys IX: Monstrum Nox (Summer 2021)
With the exception of Ys VIII ($39.99), the rest of these games will arrive set at a $59.99 price point. A Stadia Community Blog post has included trailers and synopses for all four games, so if you’re curious that’ll be your most efficient resource.
While Ys games are generally isolated stories, the same can’t be said for Trails of Cold Steel. The third game does include plot summaries for the first two games, but can also be enjoyed as a fresh start. However, the fourth game picks up right where part three ends, so you won’t want to start there.
XSEED Games was previously Nihon Falcom’s publisher in North America, which explains why the first two Trails of Cold Steel games aren’t included here. Same with most of the other Ys titles. That relationship transitioned to NIS America for Ys VIII and has continued since. XSEED has re-released the first two games on multiple platforms, so they’re still readily available.
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Also worth noting: NIS America is also publishing games with Amazon Luna, which is still in its Early Access beta phase. So it seems like several Japanese publishers are wading into game streaming, including Square Enix, Bandai Namco, Konami, Sega and Capcom.