“Take a glimpse into the mysterious city of Balduq with this Ys IX: Monstrum Nox demo,” reads an official description. “Choose between one of two key locations to explore, and experiment with the brand-new Gifts and Monstrums before your full adventure begins.” The full game, which is already out in Japan, is set to release in the West on February 2nd.
Ys IX follows the story of Adol “the Red” Christin and his companion Dogi, who arrive at Balduq and end up getting detained. During his detention, a woman named Aprilis turns Adol into a Monstrum with special powers. Together with other Monstrums, Adol has to fight forces from a “shadowy dimension,” and uncover the mystery behind the curse and the truth about unrest within Balduq.
Key features are as follows:
- Feared Protectors – Play as any of the six notorious Monstrums, each with their own unique Gifts that grant abilities such as scaling sheer walls or detecting hidden objects to protect the city from shadowy creatures.
- The World Within the Walls – Explore the massive city, accept quests to aid the townsfolk, and enter the Grimwald Nox to vanquish the threats to Balduq.
- Strength of the Night – Familiar mechanics such as Flash Dodge and Flash Guard allow you to outmaneuver your foes while new additions such as Gifts and Boost Mode further augment your ability to fight.