Via Ryokutya2089, the latest Famitsu issues confirmed the release date for Ys IX: Monstrum Nox for PlayStation 4 in Japan on September 26th, 2019.
Featured above, we’ve gotten the first look at series protagonist Adol Christin, who is noticeably older in the game. The screenshot was posted earlier, however we now know this is Adol – with new hair that is a mix of black and blue. Reportedly, Adol is a cooler/smoother character now
More details on Adol and Dogi were revealed as well. It turned out that the playable blue-haired character with the red scarf shown in was Adol himself. Meaning there are actually six playable characters revealed so far instead of seven.
Adol is an adventurer who is said to have left behind over a hundred journals recounting his adventures through his life. He’s 24 years old during Ys IX. Before the events of the game, a military fleet of the Romun Empire ends up disappearing in the Atlas Ocean. Adol was there too but somehow got back on land fine, so he’s the prime suspect.
Dogi is 29 years old during the events of Ys IX Monstrum Nox. He’s nicknamed the wall crusher as he’s so powerful no wall in the world can resist him. He’s been traveling with Adol for years so he’s used to supernatural events.
A new supernatural ability, “Way of the King – Crimson Line,” was also revealed. This ability allows Adol to extend his monstrous left arm, and instantly move where it reaches. He doesn’t actually teleports though but transforms into a shadow which moves at high speed.
New comments from Falcom President Toshihiro Kondo were published in Famitsu. He said that Adol has his trademark red-hair camouflaged, a scarf covering his face and doesn’t wear his adventurer gear to avoid being recognized. Kondo also said that Dogi will play an active role in Ys IX, both in the story and gameplay, and that “Dogi is so important it’s like he’s Adol’s wife”. For now, he didn’t precise whether Dogi is actually playable or not. Lastly, many references to past games will be included in the story, though players who didn’t live Adol’s previous adventures will be fine as well. Development is going well, hence why the release date has been set.