From the XSEED Games Newsletter: this morning:
Dear Goddess enthusiasts,
We are proud to announce that Ys Origin, the action RPG title from acclaimed Japanese developer Nihon Falcom, has been released today and is now available for PC on Steam at a price of $19.99 dollars/€15.99 euros/£12.99 pounds/399 rubles, marking the first time an official English translation of Ys Origin has been released.
Serving as a prequel to this now legendary series of action RPGs, Ys Origin is the first Ys title not to feature red-headed series hero Adol Christin or his faithful companion, Dogi. Originally released in Japan for PC in 2006, Ys Origin has seen a host of enhancements for its English release, including Steam Achievements and Cloud support, online leaderboards, enhanced game pad support and true widescreen compatibility.
Set 700 years before the first title in the Ys series, the game's story focuses on the twin Goddesses and the mysterious Black Pearl made famous in Ys I & II, and follows the adventures of several playable characters as they ascend a menacing tower built by demons, fighting for their lives in that classic fast-paced action RPG style Ys fans have come to know and love.
More information on the game can be found at the newly launched website www.worldofys.com/yso